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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours a dark reddish-amber with a modest but tenacious off-white head. Nose is fairly typical for a strong darker belgian (brown and candied sugar, fruit, yeast, light floral hops) with just a hint of spice and the much-discussed pepper. Flavor is a little weird and earthy; front is abrasively funky but without much depth or character. Backside is quite bland and difficult to describe, frankly, but Iím not a fan of it. Neither the chilis nor the belgian qualities of the beer come out much on the flavor, instead leaning toward a boozy, bland herbal ale. This is probably the most disappointing brew Iíve had from Stone.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nearbeer (4008) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bomber. Lightly hazy, nut brown-copper with a small film of head that tries to last. Nose is brown sugar, peppery clove, banana, and shellac. Wow taste is the same, with some gummy wheat and cough medicine. Medium body is tingly with alcohol and capsicum; sweet but dried a bit by the noticeable alcohol. Not bad, but tastes like nothing more than a boozy dunkel Hefeweissen, mit einigen kleinen pfeffer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2599) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Medium size tan head with fair retention and a decent lace. Hazy, amber, orange hued ale. Nose is a bit yeasty with some grainy, bready notes, weirdly spicey. Body is medium, soft carbonation and a touch tangy. Caramel malts blasted by some weird ass sourness, cinnamon? Lil bananna and some metallic notes as well. The chiles are very faint. An almost dry finish, somewhat astringent. This series seems to be running downhill, fast. C,mon Guys!! Hope the last installment has a bit more ass to it. Bomber procured from statelineliquors.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westmeister (1981) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 Growler pour. Pours a dark amber with a fast disappearing minmal tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, some fruity yeast and odd mixture of spices and peppers. Taste was a mixture of spicy, sweet, fruity and yeasty. There was figs/rasins, peppers, cinnamon, other spices, maltiness, a bit of dustiness. Overall, the yeast, spice and chilis did not work for me in the least. I have a bottle of this sitting downstairs still so lets hope it has done something different than this keg has.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adamah (214) - - APR 20, 2013
This one did not age well at all or it was just flawed from the beginning. The aroma was of chilies, cinnamon and gym socks. The spicy, sweet, and yeasty flavors didnít really work that well together. It was so dry and astringent that I couldnít even chug it to get it out of the way. Thereís no way I could have drank a whole bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nickls (1920) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle. Murky ruby muddy brown hue with an eggshell thin head. Lots of spice, gourd, some pepper, dark fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma....even has some faint banana notes as well. Bananas, vegetables...that hints at maybe that chili addition...with some slight dark fruit notes, pears, and a bit of toffee. Medium body with decent carbonation with a mildly warming touch on the back of the throat from the pepper. This is weird and not even interesting.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NachlamSie (2903) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle from McScrooges. Pours dark brown with a small head. The aroma is a bit much. I can tell this is going to be a sticky son of a bitch. Cloves and bubblegum are huge in the aroma along with a blast of cinnamon. The first sip is thick. Spices and sticky esters are ruining my palate. The finish is too much to handle between the overdone Belgian yeast and the boat loads of cinnamon. Tone it down guys, tone it down. And btw, I canít tell there are chilies anywhere in this for all the cinnamon.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (2939) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
I buy these beers for the novelty now, because I almost expect not to like them. This beer is a wreck, and sadly, doesnít reflect a hint of the chilies that I was hoping for. Aroma is sweet Juicy Fruit gum/Belgian yeast. Pour was a nice deep red with a one finger off white head. Taste was very Belgian. Strong sweet Belgian candi sugar and sweet malt in the front. The top of the tongue is almost numbed by the sweetness. Sweet chewy sugary aftertaste with little alcohol burn.This beer is too syrupy and sweet for my tastes. Would love to find the cinnamon or chilies, but they arenít there.Mild carbonation

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark amber brown appearance with a small light brown head. Wow- actually pretty spicy chili, spicy cinnamon, mild veggie, toasty malty aroma. Toasty caramel malty, floral hoppy, green veggie, moderate chili pepper, light cinnamon, Belgian yeasty, sickly sugary flavor with some of the chili burn on the finish. A little too much veggie flavor for my taste. Actually, Iím not all that impressed by the flavor- kind of a bland, sugary malty flavor with some spices and green veggies.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GMCC2181 (1545) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 14, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2011 Bottle via StateLine. Light red in color, decent head. Nose of belgian candy sugar...yeast notes. Taste is ehh.... Initially a sweet candy sugar taste followed by some spices, cinnamon and chiles... But it doesnt blend well together at all... A sweet holiday ale with some spices. I wanted to like this beer but just cant... dissapointed. I poured 95% of this beer out


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