TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours mahogany with frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and breaded malts. Flavors of dark cherries, toast, and candied sugar with a nice spicey finish. Nice Belgian ale from Stone.
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours copper with medium head. Aroma is toffee, pepperskin, some gingerbread, dark sugar. Medium mouthfeel, medium sweetnes. Bit weird, didnt really suit me.
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - 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.
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.
BadAprilia1000 (370) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone comes to surprise me every year with the vertical epic. Last year’s Belgian Strong was fantastic and this year’s does not disappoint, This beer has a nice nose. Smells of booze typical of a belgian strong. Nose is very strong cant pick out all that’s going on. Flavor in this beer is huge as well. Nice Sweet booze note followed by a nice spicy cinnamon. I imagine the spice comes from the chilies. Good beer will rate agin after i have had a few more.
KapitiCritique (369) - 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
jhp40219 (359) - 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.
mcmisko (354) - 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.
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.