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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (206) - - AUG 11, 2012
This beer is different! I’m not sure what fruit they added but its not good. First taste was awful but after two or three more out was ok. Doing think I’ll try again

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 This beer leaves me with a confused look on my face. The spices they used in this beer seem to have worked very well. The base beer however, seems a bit dull, especially when combined with the interesting chili notes. The initial taste that I get is full of the spice from the chili and cinnamon that is quickly followed by waves of yeast and belgian beer characters that frankly don’t work to compliment the spice at all. I feel that these spices may be better served with a beer that has a deeper malt background instead of one where the yeast character is fighting with the spices. Altogether this is not as good as 10-10-10 and I didn’t love that beer. The aroma is quite perplexing with the chili spice taking the place of the hop characters on the nose.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Nut brown in color. Off white head in color. Good lacing. Nutty aroma. Cherry in the taste. Smooth finish. There is a slight creamy texture. Stone is a very good brewery and I will try another one in a heartbeat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours dark amber with foamy off-white head. Sweet aroma with yeast, cinnamon, other spices, citrus. Spicy flavor; sweetness from the aroma is absent. Dry finish with lingering spice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (196) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series. P: A vivacious clear amber to copper body that has a dollop of tan bubbly head. S: Nice a peppery, Anaheim pepper, picketed bell peppers, picketed jalapeño peppers, banana phenol, orchard fruit, cinnamon. Nice heat to this. T/M: Spicy peppers continue with a spices and sweet malt background. Medium smooth tight body crisp carbonation. O: Nice and spicy. Tons of different variations of spice to this. Spicy hops and vinegar soaked peppers. The heat was really brought with this beer and it developed nicely. I have to expect that it was quite intense when fresh. Serving type: bottle

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Pours deep ruby brown with a quickly fading cream colored head. Nose initially of clove and yeast, but chili peppers become more apparent as it warms. Less sweet than its brothers, with an obvious focus on the smokiness of the pepper, and cloves coming out in the finish. Full-bodied, foamy mouthfeel, with some lingering heat. I really wasn’t expecting the peppers to be so prominent. I thought it would be pretty subtle, but they went a different way with this beer, and I applaud them for it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Thanks Thomas15 22oz Bottle A - Pours caramel with a small tan head. Good lacing. S - Cinnamon & butterscotch. T - Cinnamon, malt base, mild pepper, & bitter hops. M - Medium bodied. Mellow carbonation. Dry/astringent finish. O - Interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Gorgeous beer, a deep, rich, cloudy copper. Strong cinnamon on the aroma, brown sugar, chiles are lurking, spice... well-made, great mouthfeel, assertive flavors, nicely balanced, alternately bitter & sweet, tinge of heat, really well crafted beer, delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Smells very strong of spices, chilies, and cinnamon. Sweet and very spicy with a strong chili taste and cinnamon backbone. Not too bitter, but very spicy. Gets a bit tiring to the palate after the first 12 oz.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
minihame2 (177) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2013
Very nice dark and clear amber colour with a tan head, looks really good. Aroma has malts, syrup, some coffee and maybe cherries? Taste is quite special... It’s almost like cough syrup or something. A little bit bitter with syrupy sweetness. Even the texture kinda oily like that. This one’s quite different but the taste really kills it for me and I don’t really find it that good.


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