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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, 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 wasnít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (4175) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2012
Pours amber with a medium head. Aroma is fruits, chili and cinnamon. Flavor is sweet malts, fruits and cinnamon with some chili in the finish. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2012
tap at Dash In - Pours lightly hazy dark amber with a small head. The full aroma has bananas, spices including a clove character, Belgian yeast, and rich malts. The flavor is sweet and spicy but again I thought more of cloves than peppers. I guess thatís just me. Itís not spicy hot, so donít worry if you have nightmares of Cave Creek chili beer. This brew is bubbly, medium to full bodied, and very, very good. Underrated, IMO, though my rating from the tap is a little higher than my initial rating from a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2627) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Dark, cloudy red-amber with a modest beige head that fades to a ring. Aroma of peppers, caramel, cinnamon, and light funky Belgian yeast. Taste is malty and bitter with a nice mild spiciness. Medium bodied and dry. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2012
22 ounce bottle
It took a few months but I finally got around to trying the penultimate entry in the Vertical Epic series. Between the short wait (only six more months) and the higher gravity this one should survive until December 2012 quite well. The same probably canít be said for my bottle of 07.07.07.

Aroma / Appearance - Bubbly carbonation spikes from time to time. A rosy red body radiates with warmth. Vinous notes draw in the malt, caramel, honey, and thick spicy cotton candy to create a cohesive and well thought out nose.

Flavor / Palate - The ABV and spices bite at the same time. It is hard to tell which warms the palate faster. Caramel from the center of a melted candy bar seeps into the corners of the palate along with cotton candy and vinous textures. The filling finish lingers until it grabs on to the peppery bite by the end of the first glass. This is a fine release and probably one of the best in the series (that Iíve tried anyways).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lildanzig (4) - san francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012 does not count
hoo boy, this is a strong beer! tastes a little spicy but not hot-the chili almost tastes like cinnamon.delicious but definitely a bomber.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Cloudy, orange appearance. Fruity. Slightly sour, finishes sweet. Quality brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 7, 2015
old review - got lost when I transferred, apparently. This was one of my faves of the series. Chilli was light but present and the cinnamon spicing was just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2381) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2011
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a medium amber-brown color with a beige head that slowly recedes to film. The aroma is moderately funky with Belgian yeasts, sweet roasty malts and mild peppers. The flavor is definitely highlighted by the chili peppers, they are distinct, but not particularly strong, however they make it hard for me to pick out any other flavors. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration with lingering spices. Overall: Very tasty ale, one of the better examples of an ale made with chilis. This is not for everyone, but I really dug it. Paired well with a summer sausage sandwich and kettle chips.

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