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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2012
(Bottled, 0.65l, rated 2011-12-27) Clear red-copper with a small, lasting head. Strongly fruity Belgian yeast in the nose with orange peel and aromatic hops. Belgian-yeasty flavor has both ripe and fresh fruitiness, and crisp spiciness (one can imagine the chili, too). Quite full body, very smooth with low CO2. Very clean and fruity, quite fresh and balancedly spicy - yet boldly done brew. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle. deep red-orange with a solid, eternal off-white head. Aroma is very vegetal; you really can detect the peppers here big time! Toffee malt kissed with cinnamon with a peppery vegetal character make for an odd flavour combo, but somehow this works brilliantly. It is definitely helped by the fact that Stone has not scrimped on the ingredients here: the mouthfeel is full and rich, the balance is perfect. I opened this with some skepticism, but the more I drank the more this proved to be an amazingly crafted brew with a unique flavour profile. Way more than just a gimmick-- outstanding in my opinion.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle #2 for Super Bowl XLVI. Reddish-brown with a thin but sticky head. The aroma is distinguished in its spiciness, almost peppery (duh, read the description dummy). Nice drink here ... the pepper is there, but very well delivered in the background. The cinnamon is also subtle, and somehow goes well in this really odd combo. Different to be sure, and meant to be had on a cold fall night, not a warm January night in Virginia. (#4467, 2/5/2012)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (708) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Tap @ Fulton Grand w Erica last night. Goblet. Pours bright copper. Absolutely delicious: strong hop flavor without being overly bitter. Earthy, caramel notes. Chewy and scrumptuous, decently complex. Goes out on a dry, malty note.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3600) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
This is a very spicy beer. Pours with a nice, but minimal head and has a gorgeous amber color with many hints of red.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
A - Pours a hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some candi sugar, chilies, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, some other spices, a touch of citrus, and some booze. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet bready caramel malts with some candi syrup and some hot pepper. Through the middle, some cinnamon and Belgian yeast flavors come through with a bit of citrus. The finish is a mix of hot chili, cinnamon, candi syrup, Belgain yeast, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a hot, sweet, and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of flavors with the chili heat providing a unique complexity to the BSPA style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1237) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Reddish amber, one-finger cream colored head and excellent lace. Dark fruit, like black cherry form the foundation of the aroma, accompanied by brown sugar, spices, yeast, and hints of cinnamon and the chilis. Flavors were more Belgian in character, with dark fruit and bread notes leading the way in front of a background of bubblegum, cinnamon, clove, yeast and warming alcohol.medium to full body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a wonderful dark fruit finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bomber poured into huge tulip glass. The aroma is much like a strong dubbel with fig chewy scents- appearance is lighter than others, clear and lighter shade of brown. Taste is crazy- I had no idea what to expect with the chillies but man they make it work! Its like a blend of malt-sweet, bitter-hop, and spicy chillies! Really a remarkably well made beer! Not something I can drink regularly but a great beer.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Slightly Christmasy. Actually reminded me a little of Mad Elf in a weird way. Very Belgian, the heat came more from the cinnamon than from the pepper, but there was definitely some pepper going on. Very nice. Very well mad, Hid alcohol very well. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark red with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had mod to heavy grain, malt,molasses; lighter caramel and chocolate; moderate spicy, banana and clove yeast; cherry; honey; cinnamon; vegetable (but in a good way) and light peppers. The initial flavor was mod to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter; while th finish was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic with an average to long duration. There was sort of cherry, honey, a little caramel malt, slight chocolate malt, vegetable (in a good way), pepper, cinnamon, spicy yeast, hints of banana and maybe clove. The medium body was a little oily and somewhat syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a lightly spicy and lightly alcoholic finish.


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