valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This vertical epic was a great beer. It had a smooth taste with a light pineapple flavor. It had a light head with a golden color.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apricot color with a light head and wonderful fruity light spice in the aroma. More bitter than a traditional trippel but well balanced with the malt. Malt sweetness gives way to a spicy fruit finish. Well done.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky me, a hunt and seek trip through Ohio(while on business) allowed me to find a bottle of this beer (along with the 03.03.03 release), didn't mind the $11 price tag...Looks and smelled much like a belgian triple, so Stone was right on there. Yes, it is also more hoppy than the traditional style, but that works very well here. Excellent balance, lots of character and no single dominating feature. Sweet but a fruity sourness is also detected on the palate (lasts long past the last sip). Too bad I only had one bottle of this fine brew, I would love too taste it in 2004-05. Ahhhhh. heaven! Way to go Stone!
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dium orange color. Small head. Aroma is coriander, vanilla and various fruits. Medium bodied Belgian style ale. Malts are bright and slightly sweet and fruity. Hops are citrusy. Interesting blend of spices and flavors. Seem to change with each sip. Well balanced. Complexity of a nice Belgian. Well done. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I only have one of these bottles in storage which I am saving until the suggested opening date, so having a bottle presented to me at the Stuffed Sandwich was a great opportunity. The beer has a citrusy/hoppy aroma with a slight cloudy yellow appearance and no head. Great flavor with a hint of fruit and a slight bitterness. Nicely done - waiting until it's been aged much longer to see how it performs.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Never though I would get the chance to enjoy this fine and historic brew. Much thanks Marc. Had an orange brightness to it with a background of squash haze. Head is near moderate. Smells like hard candy and trail mix, though more on the dried fruit side, thatn the nut side. The trail mix stays on for the flavor and combines with sticky carmel and sweetness/bitterness fight it out for the finish. Damn impressive I must say.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Cloudy pumpkin/banana haziness..with an almost rusty green tint to it pushing the huge lasting head larger and larger...yeast and chewy apricots come through in the nose as some dried fruits and spiciness try to come through too..big yeast, spice, and apricot flavors combine with nutmeg and orange and explode in a chewy citrus, flowery, malty loveliness...Superbly done by Stone! (points deducted on account that it was marketed to last 12 years and barely lasted 2)
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour dryness and citric bitterness throughout along with a tropical mango/peach sweetness. Woody dusty notes add a little dryness as well as a touch of peppery spice.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 an update, 24 Dec 2006, I just had some of this on draft at Stone’s Winter Storm at their Stone World Bistro. It’s in great shape. Golden colored, fruity with a great finish. The balance is fantastic. Can’t believe it’s nearly 5 years old.
honey colored, w/ a great nose & flavor. Stone’s description is accurate. It is ’trippel-ish’. Very nice
fly (1454) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First a ramble inspired by friend .... while we both admire, enjoy, love? Stone, he pointed out the contradictory factor of calling these "vertical" when a true vertical tasting implies the same brew being laid down so that the comparisons come from the subtle or not so subtle changes that have taken place while the styles in this collection are subject to change. As for this specific one - While I enjoyed it, I like the subtle qualities found in a wit, a triple, and a good hoppy beer. This neither overwhelmed me or overly impressed me. Didn’t quite enjoy the combination of coriander with the hops. Don’t get me wrong, I am and will remain a great fan of Stone and their experiments and you can count me in on trying the next outing, just not this one again, thanks.