driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aged bottle. Tough to give details... just to say, wow: everything I hope for in a well aged belgian strong.
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not to date myself, but I graduated HS in 2003. I had no idea what craft beer was. I certainly knew nothing of a brewery in California called Stone. We’ve all had out experiences with Stone. I think a big part of the craft beer journey is coming to terms with your relationship with Stone. Stone is what it is. But this. . . this is a 10 year old beer. There are a lot of people in the beer world who mistakenly believe that beer should be aged. I think this, this beer, while maybe not the start of this bizarre phenomenon, but it began popularizing it.
It pours a clear brownish with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is muted with tons of oxidation. Text book oxidation right here. But, really, what could you expect? Flavor is cardboard, nondescript sweetness, some odd apricot notes. Medium bodied, finishes with lots of oxidation. Is it my fault for drinking it? Is it their fault for pouring it? who knows.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FROM NOTES; July 3, ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass. Bought an extra to cellar.
A: Roasted malt, maple syrup, chocolate, flowers, gingerbread.
A: Very murky looking ruby brown color. What little head there was recedes to a ring around the edge of the pour.
T: Follows the nose with Belgian yeast strain present, bready, spice notes and metallic off-flavors.
P: Nice malt/hop balance, lean mouth-feel, tart notes, some alcohol burn, a nice hop bite to the finish, peppery finish.
O: I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as the 02-02-02 and I’m scared to death to try it in December ’12.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Spicy and sugary. No hops or pepper, probably faded out a while ago. Still a great beer, and stoked to have the opportunity to try it.
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown with a creamy head. Belgian spice and chocolate aromas. Strong spice, toasted malt, and caramel flavors finish dry.
TheHOFF43 (1751) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pour was brown, pretty malty, no carbonation. Not bad, but the age definitely affected this.
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG. Poured orange little hazy soft white head that left faint thin film. Aroma has some fruity yet vegetable and oxidized malt/yeast. Taste was more the same with some hidden fruit character. Palate slick and dry.
BVery (6191) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bomber at RBSG. Too damn old. Vegetable soup all over this beer. Not as good, I’m sure, as in it’s prime.
Bacterial (1549) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared at RBSG - malty nose, oxidized a bit? Pretty flat, a bit sweet and still has some interesting character. Cool to try after 10 years.
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by skinnyguy! Clear brown pour, nice little ring of carbonation and an aroma of slightly spicy dark cherry and scotchy malt. Flavor is slightly peppery, heavy caramel and a little herbal fruit. Holding up nicely for being 10 years old!