emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
I don’t know why I got this, I hate peppers. Ok, so it pours a clean ruby copper with two fingers of sandstone tan head. Looks nice if nothing else. Nose is.....ew. Ok, so I’m going to have a hard time separating the actual execution of this recipe from my disposition against peppers and all capsaicin. So, the nose has lots of chile in it. Lots. No me gusta. There’s also a mild candy sweetness and pie spice in there. Man, that raw pepper flavor makes it such that I just can’t drink this one. Sorry Stone, not my thing. dinkle50 (1583) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Crimson red pour with hardly any head. Smell is sweet with a slight smell of chili peppers. Taste has a banana flavor to it. The cinnamon really burns in your mouth a bit and makes this appear to have way more alcohol than it does. If you let this warm up a bit, the taste of the chilies really come out. This was interesting, but not the best I’ve had. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottled, orange cognac color with no head, aroma is sweet , bananas and green pepper, flavor is bananas, green chilies, some yeast notes 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. drjay44 (3891) - 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
Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap at the Knick. Mild sweet aroma, with toasted malt and chile, light tangy and citric acidity. Can’t smell cinnamon but there is a spicy character to it. Dark coppery amber clear with thin lacing head. Starts fairly sweet with roasted malt and barley, sweet chile notes and dry spicy character from the cinnamon. Nice taste to start, but turns a little too bitter and in an unpleasant way. Not bad but couldn’t drink more than one at a time. Oscbert (1339) - Lincoln, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
~Bready banana aroma and perfumy clove spiciness, light green chilies
~Pours a murky reddish brown with small lasting yellowish head.
~Can taste the chili flavor, but it isn’t hot. Peppery spiciness, clove, Yeast phenolics are fairly strong.
~Med body, med high CO2, harsh spicy finish, bitter lingering is not pleasant.
~Not really a fan of the yeast on this one. Too spicy and some harshness. Interesting beer. On border of being something good and something I don’t like.. b79turner (261) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2012
22 oz bomber, this thing is a mess. The nose is pretty good, actually smells pretty good. Taste is way too much of the chili. This is certainly my least favorite of the vertical epic series. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Reynolds314 (3472) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Appearance: Pours a deep indian red hue with a frothy, off-white head, creamyish head. A thin spray of lace on the descent.
Smell: Fragrant wafts of cinnamon, clove, and chiles preserved in alcohol. Yeasty dough quality, but also bready-scented malts.
Taste: Bready malts layered with brown sugar, a bit of caramel, and a fair helping of cinnamon. Low sweetness. Slight green chile flavor, minimal heat, aided, somewhat, from the phenolic yeast and cinnamon (the ’heat’ itself aided also by the peppery booze). Faint untoasted, unroasted nut character. Remote acidity present. A drop or two of strawberry soda, then some spiced banana. Drying, spicy finish that culminates into a slight sourish bent.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly creamy on the tongue.
Overall: Kind of a dud, for me. I nobly stuck it out the entire bomber, and, though I honestly hoped for them to, the flavors never really came together, leaving it a bit of a jumble for me.
MEH! Expected and wanted more out of this. Aroma is pennies, dark fruits, candy sugar, and chiles. Taste is medium high sweetness with a metallic flavor. This beer suffers from Stone inflation. All Stone beers are rated 0.2 higher then they should be.