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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4708) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9538) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (890) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3935) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber beer with a thin off white head on top. Aroma has loads of port and vineous characters that go with a big malty base and a rich molasses front. Flavor is very sweet, very vineous and you can defintely tell the age on this one. Very nice, full bodied and well carbonated drinking experience, I wish I had the entire series, but unfortunately I donít...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (2302) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle 650 ml. 4 years old. Bronze-amber color with noisy cream foam. Aroma: pleasant,sweetness and port wine, malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruits, plums, raisins, cinnamon and other spices, light chilies. Taste: malt sweetness, port wine or sherry, caramel, toffee and dried fruits (figs, raisins, plums and apricots), spices, cinnamon. Finish rather dry with chilies and hop bitterness. Great brew, good balanced (thanks aging).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1665) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (665) - Oceanside, 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.

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