VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy mahogony color with a wispy tan head. Subdued aroma consiting mainly of hot alcohol notes, dark fruits and minor hop notes. Reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel with it's sweet, malty notes backede up by dark fruit flavors and minimal hop character. Only mild spice notes appear. No yeasty/bready aromas or flavors you might expect from a Belgian though. A bit thin bodied. Nice, and it definitely packs a wallop.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MMMMM, baby. This was pretty darned tasty. Very fruity, but not orangy, which is good. Very sweet and a very pleasant aroma. well worth the trouble to find. But then I might be a bit biased as this was one of the first brews I had after coming back from 10 months in China.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep dark finished maple color with a small off-white head. A sweet malt/bread aroma. Layers of alcohol soaked fruit( not citrus). A vinous quality. A sweet alcohol taste, a little too sweet for me. Honey soaked black bread.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown/amber color with a beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty but pretty weak. Flavor is sweet and very spicy. Has a little sourness and a lot of pepper in the finish. Seems to be similar to Corsendork Christmas Ale.
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.