Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Appearance was amber with 2 finger head and lacing. Aroma was sweetness of malts, slight chilis smell spice and yeast .Taste was sweet and balanced with complex flavours of all kinds.Malts of all types and sweetness of honey. Mouthfeel was meduim body with creamy carbonation, a beautiful long balanced finish. New top 5 beer... Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale house, Manhattan 12-13-12.
I was surprised that i liked this as much as i do. Sipping on it now at the BT, the cinnamon flavor is slightly more pronounced on my palate than the chiles. I do taste the chiles though as subtle as they might be. Nice lacing forming in the tulip in front of me as this delicious gem slowly slips away.
A kind of Bayou mud-like appearance in the tulip...thin...difficult to say what color in the low light here.
Gosh...another Stone to add to the rotation. Quite delicious. If you like flavorful beers, and I’m a big barleywine lover, you might like this. I do! properhops (88) - - DEC 4, 2011
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FrogThor (7) - - MAY 30, 2012 does not count
Appearance: Transparent dark amber, 1-finger head dissipates to ring, above-average lacing
Aroma: Jalapeno spice, banana pepper, clover, cinnamon
Flavor: Full body, clove, cinnamon, jalapeno, banana peppers, sweet spiciness, plum, raisin, banana esters, black pepper, spiciness +cherry layers, creamy + smooth mouthfeel, mild carbonation, drinkable
Pairings: Asian, sushi, Indian, Thai (panang curry, pad thai)
Good beer. Has hints of banana with mild spice. You can taste the chiles. Really good, would try again. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 Draft notes from 12/12 Stone event at Jerry’s. Clear dark amber with big, foamy, peach head / Rich, sweet nose of caramel, candied vegetable, and dark fruit / Full body, mellowed from a year ago, sweet, smooth, and somewhat syrupy, some chew, good hopping, with nice, long, lightly bitter finish, with just a hint of chile heat / Flavors of spun sugar, dry hops, candied green chile & citrus (peach), raisin, and cinnamon / Much improved since last year by my notes.
Goodgrief (2022) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Yum. Honey brown pour with some lacing. Nice fruity aroma. Candied sugar, apple and other fruitiness. Sweet, while still being light in the mouth. Pleasant...great drinkability for the style. superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2011. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, chili pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark malt, and cinnamon/chile spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, clove, chile pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light chile heat/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, chile pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and cinnamon/chile spice flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian chile beer. All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and cinnamon/chile spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle. I was pretty impressed with this one. It is kind of like a Beligian strong ale, mixed with a German Doppleweiss, with a kick. The palate is what was mindblowing to me. At first, it makes the tounge tingle, as it warms and as I adjusted to it, the cinnamon really came out and almost burned, but quickly subsided. MrHangover (4442) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber beer with a thin off white head on top. Aroma has loads of port and vineous characters that go with a big malty base and a rich molasses front. Flavor is very sweet, very vineous and you can defintely tell the age on this one. Very nice, full bodied and well carbonated drinking experience, I wish I had the entire series, but unfortunately I don’t... alex_leit (3680) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 17, 2015
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).