topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Pours dark amber with a khaki head. Aroma is cinnamon, caramel and spice. Flavor starts sweet with cinnamon, then becomes earthy and bitter with a little spice, finishing with a little heat you can feel in the back of you throat. drjay44 (3712) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, off white, lasting head, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 17) body....nose is cinnamon, light dried fruits (raisin, cherry), hints of toffee/caramel.....taste is sharp vegetal chili, with lighter cinnamon, touch of toffee/caramel, light sweetness throughout, finishing bitter....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation high. This is a beer that does not quite work. The aromas promise much, but the flavors fall down. The malt back bone is complex, and the light cinnamon is a pleasant addition. The chiles, while hidden compared to many a "chili beer", are a detraction rather than an addition to the composition. The result is a mishmash of aromas and flavors that comes close, but doesn’t quite work. BJCP 7/3/10/4/6 Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours amber with off-white foam. Smells slightly spicy of peppers. Tastes slightly sweet with hints of spices and ends with a slight twinge of spiciness. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2011
bottle... light mostly clear amber, decent light tan head, a bit creamy, leaves a finger cap... cinnamon, lots of a spice, pepper finish, no clue who thought that was good combo... taste isn’t as horrible as I imagined, it nicely shows off the cinnamon and chili in distinct and unique, but again this is not a combination that should have been even done... pass walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
poured a amber with no head. aroma cinnamon, spices, hops.jalapeno. flavor the same. didn’t care for this.
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Deep copper/amber pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of some dried fruit and a hinto abv. Flavor is dried fruit, abv warmth, and a good bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A pretty nice beer. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle. Translucent fiery orange-red body, thick puffy cream head. The nose is a pleasant blend of aromatic chiles, cinnamon, and clove. Lots of cinnamon in the initial sip with some vegetal pepper heat; also toast and spice. Hints of alcohol. The pepper heat is mainly evident on the lips. Interesting. zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark brownish-orange pour with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of tangerine with cinnamon and nutmeg spices and brown sugary sweetness. Cinnamon permeates through every other flavor so any citrus detected at first in the aroma is completely overtaken. Oh, there is the chile flavor that I did not detect at all on the first sip but now overpowers even the cinnamon. The chile really provides just an interesting flavor but does not seem to provide any heat at first. It seems like the heat does build some momentum as I drink more of this one. I don’t hate it but I would hardly recommend this beer. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 Deep amber, hint of red, clear. Aroma is caramel and unidentified spice. Flavor is caramel accented malts, Belgian yeast notes, slightly of dark apricot fruit, and a spicy finish, presumably from the chiles and cinnamon, although these notes aren’t identifiable to themselves. Clearly spiced, but much more subtle than I had expected/feared. A nice dubbelish sort of ale. Not great, but solid. RERATE: Lots of pepper. Everything fell off except the peppers. Slipstream (2626) - USA - DEC 17, 2011
Very sweet start to this - maple syrup-like taste followed by a very noticeable shift to a drying, bitter, hop tingle. An interesting and hard-to-categorize brew (like a lot of other beers I’ve been seeing lately). There is a bit of chili that becomes more noticeable on the palate as it warms.