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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Clear ruby amber, frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, nut, toffee, clove, spiced bread, not much cinnamon or pepper, and thats a good thing. Taste is sweet fruit, molasses, lots of Belgian yeast flavor, much more normal that I was expecting from a Stone Pepper/Cinnamon/Belgian beer, earthy, woody bitter finish. I was thinking this was going to be more of a novelty, but it is just a well made Belgian beer with light notes/almost no notes of novelty items. Glad to see they can do something mellow and still unique.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Belgian spice and some green pepper in the aroma. Also a bit of sugar. Pepper flavor comes through, but not a lot of heat. Belgian yeast flavor appears in the finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not apparent, even at 9.4% abv. This didnt do a whole lot for me. Pepper flavor didnt really work for me. Not really a beer that makes me want more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a maple color with a trim beige head. Smells of green chilies and sweet malts. Tastes of cinnamon, caramel, bananas, and candy sugar. A bit too sweet.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
jaybo99 (1) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
After three samples on different nights, Im disappointed. Ruby-amber color, with minimal head. Spicy aroma with cloves and banana, but no cinnamon. Taste is medicinal, surprisingly unpleasant, sweet but without any balance from hops. Its the only beer from Stone that I havent liked.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6872) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Dark ruby pour with tan head. Banana pepper, cinnamon dominated aromas. Cinnamon forward and spices with pepper flavor. Pepper dominates for one who doesnt like red pepper.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2339) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Dark amber pour. Nice hoppy aroma and potent flavor. Smells kind of juicy. The alcohol is definitely felt but masked really well. I cant really detect the cinnamon. The spice is pretty mild, just a very slight amount of heat at the finish, probably in combination with the alcohol. Overall its a solid beer, just not exactly what I was expecting after reading the description.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (896) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle: pours dark brown with a thin head, aroma of spices and candied sugar, taste is spicy, dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilBeerDoctor (3801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a light brown with a thin white head. Aroma of chile powder, Belgian yeast, sweet fruits and malt. Flavor of chile powder, raisin, sweet malt. Odd tasting and just not very good. The chile is bland, I dont get any of the cinnamon, and the malt is also bland. An interesting concept for a beer, but didnt work out. 6/4/6/3/12 [3.1/5]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7515) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Poured a medium dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malts, roasted chilies, yeast, notes of alcohol. Maybe a ginger taste, or just a smiliar one to ginger? The chilies are pretty nice in this one. I dont know how well those are going to stick out as this ages.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2011
This red pour smells of chili powder. Tastes of spice from cinnamon and pepper. Spicy lingering after taste.


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