This is better the next day like most stews. It`s 2-15-2005 and I just made this it`s fall apart tender. The aromas from the star anise and cinnamon are heavenly. I didn`t find it to spicy. The spicyness depends on the curry you use. I also had a 1/2 red pepper and 1/2 celery which I dice and tossed into the pot along with the beer.