Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a burgundy body topped by a thick rocky head that disappears rather quickly and leaves a good amount of lace. Slightly spicy(peppery) Hop aroma with a touch of sweetness, a malty background and the tiniest hint of alcohol. Peppery malty flavor with a good hoppy character and a touch of sweetness. The finish is bitter with a touch of swetness. Full bodied, slightly tingly with a touch of warmth.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a bit of spice, clove and Belgian character in the nose already. Beer is a dark amber color with a medium head that fades fast. Beer has a lot of character and is very fresh, indeed, it would probably be best consumed in some time, maybe at the end of this decade. Bit different than the other hoppier beers from Stone. Well crafted.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark, rustic mahoganey in color with an inch high luscious, rich, puffy thick, ivory colored frothy head, great sticking thickly stringed lace. Nice aroma of toffee and dark fruits with a note of nuts and spice. Taste is complex, smooth, rich full bodied, and quite yummy, good dark toffee and caramel candy sense, dark fruits of plum, raisin, and orange. Solid grab and feel of balanced hops in the middle right into the lightly dancing bitter drying finish with a hint of nuts, spice, and alcohol. Good full body feel with awesome smoothness and lingering light tang in the mouth after each sip. This is is some great stuff, yummy as hell, and to hell with waiting to open this brew, live now, its worth it!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
yeasty, nutty nose. light hops. nutty, hoppy, caramel, a bit thiner then i expected but nice.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice perfumey aroma. pretty dark in color. A nice balance of hops and yeast if the flavor. Dissapointing for a Stone beer.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good balance between the hops & malt with some moderate spiciness throughout. Had a somewhat odd aroma - kind of perfumy, but with something else I couldn't quite pin down. Still an excellent offering.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great beer from Stone. Not their best but definitely great. Deep caramel color, nice off white head. Moderate hoppiness and bitterness. A great beer I have saved for another year.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber, big head. Hairspray aroma, bubblegum, bananas, pear - an unusual nose to say the least. Good mouthfeel, decent overall but a little disappointing considering the bar that Stone sets for itself with other beers.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a standout! We happened to have 3 of these at our own tasting and it was the hands-down champ. Amber color with a mellow head (for a Belgian), great aromas of malt, corriander, and spice. Very smooth considering the hop content; balanced and full bodied: bread, malt, and a lightly herbal hoppiness that is only barely perceptible. A pleasant, lingering finish that borders on spicy encourages a minute or two between tastes.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown appearance, decent head formation. Sweet minty aroma with orange, cloves and coriander. If anything it's clearly well spiced. there's plenty of malt on the palate, but the orangey freshness certainly takes over, showing more of the minty flavors from the aroma in the middle. Dries like burnt toast towards the end with a touch of bitterness and coffee in the finish. Maybe a little too short in the finish. Worked excellently with brie cutting through the sourness.