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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6818) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft at elliott bay pizza. Pours a slightly hazy medium bronzeycamber. Loose gray head. Big spicey pie like nose, dark and savory sweet. Sticky thick body. Spicy, syrupy flavor profile. Almost hot. Long sticky dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomciccateri (1032) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 On draught at OíNeillís on 12 Nov 11. Pours a clear and impressive deep dark amber with lasting tan head. Medium to full body. Rich malty flavors with subtle spices and a slight warming note. A bit filing but nice cold weather sipping beer. 11/12/2011 On draught at OíNeillís Stone Beer Dinner. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Full-bodied. Even match between chile and slightly dry malty flavors. Late bump from chile heat. Belgian yeast character comes out when paired with clam chowder. Cinnamon spice not pronounced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11524) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of burnt carmel, cinnamon and light chilies. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of burnt carmel, cinnamon, toffee and a hint of chilies with a crisp lingering burnt carmel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1345) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Tap. Interesting. Can definitely get the chili in both the flavor and aroma. Not sure if Iíd consume mass quantities but glad I tried it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a nice reddish brown and has a very interesting spice character that got worse as time went by for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1591) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber. Dark brown and clear with a very small head. Nose is a bit winey and herbal with little malt or hop presence. Taste is bit herbal/perfumy, with some mild peppery flavors and a sticky sweetness. I donít get this as a Belgian strong ale, which I always assume would have much more maltiness and a firmer body. Overall a decent beer but for a vertical just average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark red. With a quick pour, you get a light tan foamy head that fades to nothing. Fairly clear after it settles.

Aroma: Big red(gum) from the Belgian yeast and cinnamon. At first I smelled straight up bubble gum, but as it warmed, the cinnamon intersected. A little bit of clove too.

Taste: Bitter earthy cinnamon, burnt crust and dominating fruity spicy belgian yeast. Very dry. Oily pepper essence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lively prickly bubbles. Full bodied.

Overall: Never had a beer like this beer before. I happened to have made a pan of gingerbread cake, and Iíll tell you, it was an accidental perfect pairing. Is this a beer you would want multiple glasses of? Probably not, but it is for sure a standout beer that will have you smelling, thinking and talking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle, this beer was a clear amber/red with a small off white head. The taste is, interesting, some cinnamon, clove, and definitely pepper. This is a very different beer. If I were to have it again, Iíd definitely want to have it with food, not sure what food though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle:   Somewhat of a rusty hued deep caramel, fiery, moderate to thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Interesting spiced nose, minor heat.   I had to look at the bottle to figure out this one.   It makes sense, cinnamon chili aroma, and flavor.   Somewhat of an odd duck, but its one you cannot put down.   You keep sipping it to see just what the heck it is you are drinking.   Otherwise I would say its an herbal sort of shrubby aroma and flavor, like high mountain low lying shrubs.   The 9.4% abv is well hidden, despite the warming.   Backside has some earthy/soily notes.   I really wished this one had more fruity sweetness to it, instead its a weird mix of spices.   Well put together, but not one I would have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2700) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
22oz bomber from a BevMo! nearby. Clear orange brown with a one finger beige head, low retention. Smells very Belgian, in the typical American way--a little too fruity (banana) with just a hair too much sweetness. Moderate vegetal chile notes with just a little heat tickling the nose. Flavor is much the same, however the chiles dominate here. There seems to be a little less fruity Belgian esters, and a little less sweet than the aroma leads on. That said, I still am getting some caramel malt. With as much chile going on, Iíd have thought that thereíd be more heat than just a tinge in the back of my throat--though I guess Anaheim chiles arenít that crazy hot to begin with. Bitterness peaks at a 2-3. Low carbonation with a big full body. Since this beer really only needs to keep for 13 months, they couldíve brought the alcohol down by 2-3%. Oh well. Different enough, I suppose--but even as a lover of chiles, the Belgian esters and overall sweetness reflect poorly on my rating.

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