slowrunner77 (12569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"This beer was crazy complex, but maybe cuz the lower abv, didn’t quite have the body to stand up to the blend. No way can you pick out all the ingredients here. The dark beers and the hops came through pretty nicely, though, resulting in a pretty unique dark fruit and hop flavor profile. Would love to have this by itself in a bottle..." brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Black colored beer with a khaki head. Plenty of roasted malt and a very strong chili pepper aroma. A bit spicy, quite smokey, and some chocolate and coffee notes. There’s a mild acidity to the flavor along with intense doses of smoke and chili pepper. Moderate spice, lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. I don’t really get a lot of the herbal qualities, however. JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
Tap at Parkway Tavern. Deep amber pour. The aroma is slightly peppery with a touch of light resin and some slightly fruity character as well. Very light heat and a whiff of smoke. Woody bitterness with a lingering touch of vegetal flavour. Interesting - but not really my bag.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Served on tap at the 16th Anniversary Festival. The appearance is a brown hue with a small off white or tan head. The flavors and aromas are a hodge podge of Stone’s regular offerings (no surprise there). Belgium yeast, black peppers, with a medium roast malt profile. Some lemon and spice peppers add some subtle notes. A drinkable and pretty tasty beer but lacks a clear direction. The blend doesn’t really offer anything in the middle of the taste like a great beer should. Almost comes off as empty despite a lot going on. I bet if I had this a few times each time I would pick up different pieces of the puzzle. Fun non the less. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
A deep dark clear brown ale with ruby hues and a thick lacing brown head. In aroma, a well balanced mix of caramel malt with coffee and smooth floral hops. In mouth, a nice nutty caramel with nice grassy hops, light herbs, nice and smooth. On tap at Aces and Ales Strong Beer Fest August 10, 2012.
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Brown pour with some nice herbal notes is the aroma. The sage, thyme and peppers are definitely noticeable in this complex brew. Some roast is present as well. Citrus flavor in the taste. Enjoyable and interesting. aleph (231) - - JUN 10, 2012
Growler from Stone. Medium dark brown with light brown froth. Body lacks depth, almost watery, and the mixture neutralizes the source beers pretty much to the point of unrecognizability (which could’ve been by design). Drinkable, at least, but not worth pursuing over Stone’s actual lineup. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
On tap. Pours with a nearly black hued body with a large and lasting tan head. Good retention. Aromas are smokey, fruity, very estery, dark fruits, peppery heat, mild hop/herbal/citrus characters, and milk chocolate. Flavors are dry, medium bitter, fruity, hoppy, light pepper burn, light tropical fruit, raisins, blueberry, dark currant. A bit chalky in its dryness. Ashy. Lively bubbles, dry, light pepper burn. Drinks as if its at least 7.5% JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Draft at stone bistro. Clear dark brown, small light tan head. Very herbal, citrus, lemon thyme, light sage, and chili pepper at the back. Pretty light, and any heat dissipates quickly. Certainly interesting. phaleslu (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Someone brought this over to me to try at DLD ’12. Thanks! Pours a mostly opaque coffee brown with a small beige head. Lots of piney and citrusy hops immediately come out of the aroma, balanced by big roastiness. Also notes of peppery spices, earth, and citrus fruits. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Comes across as messy, but interesting nonetheless.