Ernest (6319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), lightly malty (cookie), with notes of pineapple, lemon, coriander, and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery (almost creamy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A little thinner and more watery than expected (compared to things like Chimay White and HotD Ruth), and a very weak/small head (as with most [all?] Stone beers), but the aroma and flavor are great...I can’t tell it isn’t made in Belgium.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big hops aroma, as well as citrus. Apricot colour, small head a few floaters. Strong hops flavour and kumguats. Chewy, very little carbonation. Terrific mouthfeel with that great tongue tingle. Wonderful. Can’t wait til March 3, 2003!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aged, this thing is gonna be a monster. I have this habit of sniffing the mist on the top of the beer immediately after opening, and when I did this with this brew I got incredible malt depth, down to my spine. The hops are perfect, not too heaping. The palate is exactly right; much much stronger and up to the task of conveying the flavorful essence of this beer than the Allagash White, which is in it’s own right a very good brew. This hits it, though. The aroma is mediciney, bandagey to the nth degree. The taste bitter, earthy, moderately spicy (pine, anise). Great! I wanted a bit more maltiness in the aroma, I think.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An Imperial White Ale (or a Double White), with an I.B.U. around the 45-50 range. Only 300 cases produced. Somewhat sweet initially. Finish was bitter with a fairly aggressive hop bite. I drank it young. Couldn’t wait until 2012.
billybwilde99 (2) - USA - FEB 12, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yummy! Find some, quick!