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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pour is a nice ruby red color wit ha thin tan head. Nose is of dark fruits with a clear cinnamon presence, though nearly sweet. Taste is rather interesting, clearly a rather pepper like taste, though not as dry as I was expecting, as the cinnamon tends to pack quite the punch in the back end. Noticeable spice however.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhgrantjr (456) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Tried on tap. Pours a dark brown color with some reddish tints. Little to no head. Aroma is malty and spicy. I think the chilies are in the aroma. Odd, I think. Taste is malty but spicy, again, there is a chili aspect to it. Not one of my favorites of the epic series. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiGuy68 (451) - Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 Tasted on tap at World of Beer in Evanston, IL. Poured a hazy amber with an off white head. Fruity taste and aroma with a spicy kick. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (444) - Camarillo, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours a clear amber with light carb and massive head that holds well. Sweet aromas of fruit, sugar, and chilies? Interesting finish: sweet then something then sweet... good but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bronze colored and mostly clear, 1.5 finger head, smooth and rich, with good lacing. Smell is heavily Belgian with caramel malt, bread, yeast, clove, and candied sugar. Taste follows the nose pretty close, very spicy with lots of clove, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, great caramel malt. The chilis are moderately notable, and the cinnamon is barely there, which I donít like cinnamon in beverages much so thatís a good thing. Body is medium and tangy going down. Alcohol and presumably the chilis are notably warming but not overpowering. Overall itís a very fine beer and certainly worth a try.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours a dark reddish-amber with a modest but tenacious off-white head. Nose is fairly typical for a strong darker belgian (brown and candied sugar, fruit, yeast, light floral hops) with just a hint of spice and the much-discussed pepper. Flavor is a little weird and earthy; front is abrasively funky but without much depth or character. Backside is quite bland and difficult to describe, frankly, but Iím not a fan of it. Neither the chilis nor the belgian qualities of the beer come out much on the flavor, instead leaning toward a boozy, bland herbal ale. This is probably the most disappointing brew Iíve had from Stone.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
natejgood (431) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Pours a hazy medium re with minimal head. Aroma of light spices and brown sugar - and maybe a bit of banana. Lightly sweet taste in the mouth, and the carbonation explodes in small bubbles when the beer hits the tongue. There is a bit of a sour or bitter flavor as well. Fairly heavy flavor and the beer itself feels a bit heavy in the mouth.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours a clear, deep amber body with a one finger off-white head. Caramel, cinnamon, bananas. Not getting the chilis. Just ok.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2012
What people said here, pretty much - basically tastes like a hot cinnamon candy with a balanced caramel backbone. I thought it was all right. Enjoyable enough, but nothing I would search out. Iíd like to thank my dad for sharing this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (402) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
Reviewing a somewhat fresh bottle now. I have more in my cellar. Poured into a duvel tulip. Cloudy, dark, amber brown. Thick, light tan head that takes forever to shrink. Now at one inch 2 minutes after pour. Floral, pine, grapefruit, pepper, caramel, and malty notes in the aroma. Taste is pepper, apple, grapefruit, orange, toffee, and more pepper. It actually picks up on the flavor of the aneheim pepper besides the heat. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit sticky. I canít wait to try it in a year.


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