scarletfire65 (869) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Deep amber, mahogany head. Aroma is sweet malt, cinnamon. Full bodied, tastes of strong cinnamon, smoky chiles, dry and well attenuated. A bit overpowering. Interesting.
spittle8 (105) - - JUN 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Strong malt aroma, with the chilies in the mix. Deep amber, discolored head. I really donít care for this one, it is a fine beer, but it is not epic in any way. The chillies are pleasant, and the flavor complex, but I just donít care for this one particularly. It is remarkably drinkable for a beer that is damned near 10%, though! I could chug this beer, or just pound it. How they managed that, I donít know. Silver linings!
ajnepple (1685) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into a Duvel tulip. Amber and hazy with a small head. Aroma and flavor of light pepper, cinnamon, veggie, fruity esters, yeast, toasted malts and spices. It was OK.
Nische (535) - SaltsjŲ-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish-red with a medium off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, a distinct green pepper aroma from the Anaheims. Taste is medium sweet, mild bitter, and quite vegetal, with some spice and more of the Anaheim peppers. Finish is dry with more pepper coming through.
BOLTZ7555 (2710) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark crimson, garnet, chestnut, and ruby red pour with a 1/2 inch eggshell head. Only a dot or two dispersed inside the glass. Mild, quite subtle aroma with caramel, malt, and perhaps a touch of chili. Flavor shows a hint of burn in the back of the throat, pinch of pepper, but otherwise nothing distinct or unique to pick out. Very average. Not sure why I expect more from this series as most are epic failures!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer isa a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry tinged, amber hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of caramelized cotton candy, bubblegum, lots of clove and ample pear and apple like fruit notes. This is backed by some toasted, whole grain, a touch of sweet tea like character (but only just a touch), . The beer is a bit unbalanced towards bubblegum, fruitiness and clove notes from the Belgian yeast, though not so much so that this is bad. Hmm, there it is in the far finish, the green chile comes through with a distinct vegetal, green chile like note as well as a some spiciness that smells of green and pepper.
The beer tastes extremely sweet, but most of this is perceived sweetness due to huge fruit, bubblegum and clove flavors that plays such a big role in the flavor. I donít notice any of the green chile in my first sip. This definitely tastes a bit like bubblegum flavored cotton candy and there is a huge, slightly tongue numbing, phenolic clove note in the finish. There is an apple cider note (slightly oxidized cider tasting, though this is not actually oxidized), perhaps a touch of caramelized pear. The phenolic character contributes some cured plastic like notes that can be a bit much when combined with the clove character. The malt contributes a sharp, sort of roasted, spicy toasted, whole grain character. The green-chile character from the nose is a lot more subtle in the flavor; there is perhaps a hint of pepper in the finish, but this could almost be attributable to the spiciness from the yeast character. The chile, during a sip, is more noticeable as an oral nasal note rather than a flavor. The texture is not overly heavy, but it is definitely has a certain chewiness to it.
This really is just a bit too unbalanced; somehow the yeast character runs rampant in this beer in a bit of a simplistic manner with its focus on bubblegum, clove, plastic and too expressive fruit character. There is a chance that this will mellow out a bit, so if you have the patience I would recommend that you let this beer sit for 6 months or perhaps better a year. If the green chile character was a bit more prominent in the flavor and the yeast character was toned down just a bit this would be quite a bit better.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a nice copper amber with a dissipating beige head. Aroma of banana esters and candy red hots. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of belgian malts (chocolate, amber), but the chilies and cinnamon are pretty dominant, and blended well. Warming and very phenolic finish, heavy on clove and mustiness. The problem here is that the yeast strain, malts, and spices are not harmonious. Maybe a non Belgian yeast strain would tie everything together, but this beer is a perfect example that some things just donít mix. An odd, but not enjoyable beer. Worst of the series by far
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A brown color with a laced tan head. The aroma has strong chilli peppers, cinnamon, and is earthy. A medium body with an overpowering peppery flavor. It ultimately does not finish well.
OldGrowth (2484) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
10oz pour at Tylers apex. Good aroma, sweet, spice. Caramel, Chiles and cinnamon dance around. Clean brownish orange color, no head or lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Bitterdry finish. Good, though Iím not asking for another aroma did get better as warmed, chilies and cinnamon seemed to get more pronounced as it warmed. Flavor was sweet, maybe a tad overbearing. Will try again if it lasts
AirForceHops (2722) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft in a snifter @ Sunset Grill and Tap, Allston, MA. It pours dark brown, having thick off-white head. Mild retention. Nose of toasted malt and some light yeast. Not sure where in the world the chilies are? I donít get it in the nose or flavor. No heat at all. Some caramel sweetness, some cinnamon, lots of sweet bread. Yeast and strong ale Belgian noteís butÖ not really anything as good as I was expecting. A let down on draft.