GODiSSOUTHERN (388) - Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very interesting beer. Up front there is a ton of hatch chili flavor. There are a lot of things going on here, but not the type of beer you can drink a lot of.
badwhale (388) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Split a bomber with 2 other buddies. Pours an amber/yellow color with a moderate amount of head. Tastes of fruit & malt, but dry. Can’t taste much of the alcohol, although it’s significat at 9.4% Great brew.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Slightly hazy brown sugar pour, not much head, not much lacing. Aroma is belgian yeast, slightly smokey, slight peppers, but not much. Taste is lots of belgian yeast notes, a bit of smoke, quite a bit of chile pepper taste with light lingering heat from the peppers. Pretty darn nice.
KapitiCritique (367) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thick light brown head and sticky lacing, murky deep amber colour; Big spicy nose - cloves and cinnamon, not really getting the anaheims; sourish and very bitter even astringent; heavy body, long finish, spritzy carbonation, a tad creamy. I like it. It is big
Thechasm442 (365) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 can’t wait to try it in a year.
mcmisko (352) - New York, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear reddish brown with big bubbly white head. Smell like chili right away. The cinnamon and chili is very easy to taste but fits in well with some brown sugar and floral hops. I think this is a very well done chili ale, hooray!
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great aroma on pour but left a terrible aftertaste almost like ink. A bit disappointing to me coming from the great Stone Brewery.
jhp40219 (329) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a reddish hue. Nice one finger, light tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is very Belgian. Malty and sweet smelling with hints of cherry, citrus, candy, hops, chiles, and cinnamon. Taste is also candy-sweet and malty with the cinnamon and chiles coming through and blending together very nicely. Surprisingly not overwhelming or as heavy as most other Belgian Strong Ale’s I have had. The alcohol is hidden rather well, as this one is very smooth with a nice, sweet but light chile burn on the backend and malty finish. Full body, slick body that becomes a bit creamy as it warms. Carbonation is average. Very nice, easy drinking.
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip glass poured a mahogany with orange hues, small off-white head, and good lacing. Strong aroma of chiles, clove, and hints of banana malts. First sip begins with toffee, raisin, banana bubblegum, raisin, followed by chile flavor and mild heat. The finish provides pleasant warming mouthfeel and slight spicy chile burn. Well balanced, smooth, and very enjoyable considering potentially overwhelming ingredients.
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma of sweet malts,apples yeast earth and cinnamon/spice...reddish brown color with half inch tan head plenty of lacing..complex flavor of cinnamom spice caramel malts apple citrus yeast n pepper perhaps a bit like wine at the end..fairly full bodied and thick in texture,light carbonation..long bittersweet finish..overall a top notch curiousity with plenty of winter warmth