fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy mahogany with a 2 finger, creamy to soapy beige head that has great retention and leaves a little lacing. Aroma is dried dark fruit, sweet bread spice, earthy hops, bready yeast, earthy nutty notes, chocolate, dark caramel and a hint of citrus. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, earthy dried chiles, cinnamon heavy sweet bread spice, nutty notes (could be malt, chiles, or both), earthy, woody and citrus hops, grilled stone fruit, dried dark fruit, nutty toffee and light roast. Finishes nutty and with a slightly vegetal chile note. Medium body with a full, lightly creamy entry, pleasant, moderate strength carbonation and off dry finish. Really good, flavorful and complex without being overbearing, hides 9.4%abv very well.
lownote (429) - USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Version 2. Ah, fresh hops. This is really good. Nice sweetness hidden under a gentle but very present hop flavor. Nice carbonation that is a light body and lively but not intense. A bit overly cloudy.
jandd1983 (3453) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. It poured a reddish/brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of chiles, cinnamon, raisin and dark fruits. The taste was similar to the aroma with more chiles. malts and a spicy sweet finish.
AWISLguy (2086) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle cellared 4 years and shared by all during the family Christmas vertical with the 08/09/10/11/12. Thanks for the help, bro, in acquiring these. Dark reddish pour. Cinnamon, chiles in the nose. Taste leads with that but the main player turns out to be a bit more of an amber. Sweet, wit h the other presence around the edges. Chiles mellowed out over the time? 13.4
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild roasted chili flavor in an amber ale. Uses Belgian yeast for slight banana after taste.
Second tasting was a bit different. More roasted chili flavor and aroma. Not as much banana as before.
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alex_leit (1168) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 650 ml. 4 years old. Bronze-amber color with noisy cream foam. Aroma: pleasant,sweetness and port wine, malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruits, plums, raisins, cinnamon and other spices, light chilies. Taste: malt sweetness, port wine or sherry, caramel, toffee and dried fruits (figs, raisins, plums and apricots), spices, cinnamon. Finish rather dry with chilies and hop bitterness. Great brew, good balanced (thanks aging).
slowrunner77 (8407) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
furthur (656) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, deep Amber beer, cream colored head. Aroma malty vanilla, bourbon, chilies. Taste is vanilla, oak, bourbon, chilies, banana, and a hint of lime. Palate is good, carb moderate. Interesting experiment, but not awesome.
Rasmus40 (15217) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Kihoskh. Clear brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark malts and cinnamon. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with a little warming alcohol. 150815
Marduk (4786) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
660ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Cloudy, deep amber color. Very malty, chilly peppers, sweet, caramel in aroma. Malty, red chilly, bit of raisins, grassy hops, plums in taste. Spicy grass in aftertaste. Not so shy chilly peppers everywhere.
martjoobolut (2124) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks!). Pours hazy amber with beige head. The head stays. Aroma is fruits, pears, caramel, malt, chili. Flavor sweet, fruits, malt, some chili. Overall: nice brew.