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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2011
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with off-white froth. Nose is banana, clove and green chili. Hints of cinnamon and plastic. Medium body with a sharp tingle. Taste is green banana, yeast, bitter grass, bitter spices and earthy chili pepper. A nice inclusion of spicy heat is about all that makes this brew worthy of consumption.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
poured a amber with no head. aroma cinnamon, spices, hops.jalapeno. flavor the same. didnít care for this.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 This beer leaves me with a confused look on my face. The spices they used in this beer seem to have worked very well. The base beer however, seems a bit dull, especially when combined with the interesting chili notes. The initial taste that I get is full of the spice from the chili and cinnamon that is quickly followed by waves of yeast and belgian beer characters that frankly donít work to compliment the spice at all. I feel that these spices may be better served with a beer that has a deeper malt background instead of one where the yeast character is fighting with the spices. Altogether this is not as good as 10-10-10 and I didnít love that beer. The aroma is quite perplexing with the chili spice taking the place of the hop characters on the nose.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
noid1985 (83) - Broadview, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
22oz bottle I can taste the spices, but has a bitter end overall the beer was pleasant

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6369) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
22oz bottle, shared. Big body. Lighter, crisp carbonation. Mildly sticky finish. Mostly clear darker red color. Minimal off-white head. Good chile nose, but taste is more astringently sweet. Light chile kick, but Iím not sure that it works with the candy sweetness of this brew, though. Light chile and belgian candi sugar aroma. Decent, wish it was less sweet, though, with more pronounced chile

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Didnít like it...sweet beer with too much peppers, balance was off. Peppers didnít seem to mix with the rest well, and it really just plain didnít taste good

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Good amount of aromas on the nose. Some licorice candy, caramel and some sweetener. Nice amber body with dirty dish soap head that disapated rather quickly. Sticky sweet candy with some starchy yeast not the beat bt fits the style. Bad aftertaste on palte sticky sweet candy but has a body warming effect. Alright beer

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Reddish brown pour with some head. Aroma of liquid smoke, cinnamon, mild spice from the chiles, toffee, caramel. Chile flavor starts out mild at first but some spice starts to open up. Some caramel sweetness, some cinnamon, lots of sweet bread. Towards the middle of the beer the chile dies out completely and it becomes a simple spiced yet cloying amber toffee bready mess. How this is supposed to age for a year I have no idea. I remember the halcyon days of my beer youth when new Stone offerings were exciting and wonderful. Now, itís not even enough to upset me. Just mediocre and disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at one of the myriad of places around here that I forget. Fuck. Stone brewed another Belgian ale. This has obnoxious sweet, super estery mutant bananarama yeast notes in the nose. There might be a little peppery spiciness, but Iím not sure if I would have picked that up without a prior hint. Not much else here. Filtered, transparent orange-amber body with a small, quickly dissipating off-yellow head. Starts quite sweet and sugary, before some of the fruity banana-like yeast esters take over. It then becomes a little spicy with just a tiny touch of heat, Finishes very dry and almost burnt. Warming with some ethanol present as well. Itís an interesting and unique beer. Not as bad as I had expected, but still nothing world-class, either.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aleph (231) - - APR 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Sweet, spicy, malty, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body. Low drinkability due to the odd flavor profile. Misstep.


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