optimator13 (31) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight bronze, clear light tan head plenty lace. Belgian yeast meets mild cinnamon and back end pepper. Gabi. Similar taste, more Belgian yeast and slight caramel notes. Creamy medium. Body. Better than it sounded.
tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Got a growler from the South Park store. Heavy cinnamon flavor up front with the chili kick at the end. Oddly, each glass out of the growler seemed to get more spicy which killed the flavor and made it rather one-dimentional. It was fun to try but not something I would repeat.
tambrico (31) - New York, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky brown color with a quickly fading tan head. Smells of deep earthy notes that I canít really pinpoint because I donít have such a sophisticated nose just yet. Perhaps some chocolate or coffee malts in the aroma as well. Taste is threefold; the bitterness hits right away but rolls on smooth - almost reminds me of the Old Guardian Barley Wine in a strange way. The bitterness fades and the taste of the peppers comes through. I didnít LOVE the taste of the peppers, but I could appreciate it for what it is. The finish is warm with the alcohol peeking through. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Overall, interesting beer. I like its uniqueness, but I didnít think its features were as unique as the 12.12.12. which I think I like better.
hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer...boy I tell ya. I tried it last year and it was good, nothing to write home about - typical Stone concoction. But now, trying it a year later, much closer to the one year aging mark, it is delicious. A thick but not oppressively heavy beer that leaves the lips to be licked for later if let to dry. The alcohol is hardly present, just a whisper in the background of the beautiful synchronous cacophony that is the collaboration between the malts, peppers, and hops. Extremely well balanced, the pepper flavor crawls into the middle of the taste without overtly calling attention to itself. Will say again >> Balanced. this dark coffee/slight ruby opalescence lends itself to my belly fully, and I fully appreciate the brewers at Stone for this delight. Cheers!
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- clear ruby in color with a two finger head. Very pretty.
S- smells like hot Tabasco and slight chile fruit. The aroma is dominated by the Anaheim chiles.
T- lots going on here. Slight hint of cinnamon, caramel, burnt sugar, ground coffee, even a bit of cacao some fresh green chile fruit. Bitter finish with a slight cheese aftertaste. Very complex.
M- medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Chile warmth in the back of the throat after a few sips.
O- like I said, there is a lot going on with this beer. At first my palate was bombarded with a bunch of different flavors, but after a while I was able to pick them out. So yeah, still tastes pretty good after a year. Happy Veterans Day!
Mastelefish (20) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark red brown from a bottle. Thick head with a good bit of lacing. Smell does not let on cinnamon taste and is rather boozy. Tastes like a cider and strong ale combined. Cinnamon after taste. Not bad overall.
TheBishopco (15) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Received in trade from P1meatloaf. Pours a medium brown with a white head with good retention. Smells strongly of the anaheim chiles. The cinnamon is not easily detectable in either smell of tastes. The chiles come through even stronger in the tastes. This beer is a bit of a mess. I think the chilies really detract from the beer. They just take over the beer and dominate it. The first beer that I could not finish.
russ78mta (8) - Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour is clear ruby amber in color with a tan head. Good lacing. Nose is slight and sweet with hint of cinnamon and cherry. Front is light and sweet honey. Body is sharp and acidic. Finish is spicy with pronounced chili aftertaste and small burn.
PoeBoskie (8) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick dark amber. Has a strong caramel scent. Starts out with a heavy caramel flavor and finishes with a very dry bitter hop taste. Has an addictive lingering aftertaste. Good Beer!
pjtakacs (8) - - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.... Pours a deep reddish amber with an off white head. distinctive cinnamon taste in the beginning followed by the Anaheim chili at the end.. the spiciness is unique. An interesting beer but nothing iím craving anytime soon. just ok.