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.
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!
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.
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 i’m craving anytime soon. just ok.
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!
HstoutNH (7) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice peppery cinnamon aroma. A red brown color with a tan colored head. A medium bitter with a sweet finish. A oily texture with the carbonation coming off soft. Overall pleasantly suppressed.
FrogThor (7) - - MAY 30, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer. Has hints of banana with mild spice. You can taste the chiles. Really good, would try again.
bittersbetter (6) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a slightly hazy, honey/amber color when poured. Tan head is small and disappears, leaving a slight lacing. Smell is rich with banana and chilies -- almost a hefeweizen with chili after-smell. Flavor is a spicy kick with hints of smoked malts and almost a leather undertone. It’s not very intense; the initial flavor is banana, and it rolls into a very noticable chili flavor. There’s very little carbonation, only an initial tingle followed by a fairly smooth mouthful. The finish is dry, slightly alcoholic and there is definitely a lingering spice.