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!
jhp40219 (350) - 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 Aleís 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.
BadAprilia1000 (341) - 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 yearís Belgian Strong was fantastic and this yearís 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 thatís 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.
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.
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
RamyG4 (322) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Brownish-red with a medium off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, a distinct green pepper aroma from the Anaheims. Taste is medium sweet, mild bitter, and quite vegetal, with some spice and more of the Anaheim peppers. Finish is dry with more pepper coming through. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Meh.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was kinda of caught in the middle on this one. It really didnít blow me away but I did enjoy it. The chilies donít make to much of an appearance here. They do show up in the end more and more as the chilies build up. Giving a slight burn. The beer is more cinnamon, cloves, and some banana. But even those flavors arenít to big. Itís a decent drinking beer. Nothing more and honestly donít see it getting much better in a year.
falco242 (319) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Peppery and cinnamon aroma is pretty light, and the pour is a cherry red with lace head. Earthy chili flavor with clove and cinnamon. Overall a real nice brew.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby brown with little to no head. Malty sweet aroma with a little spice. This is a very smooth drinking beer. Light carbonation with a strong malt presence. The chili flavor is light and mostly comes through on the finish. A good beer but not 'epic'.
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