bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful copper color with hints of clove and nutmeg with a delightful warming finish....in other words, damn good.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amberish color w/ head retention that could be better for "dubbelish style". Clovey and spices are very apparent in the initial aroma and a light plum as it warms. Wheat malty aromas also more apparent as it warms. Hops are non existant for a Stone beer. Malty,spicy, and hoppy flavor with some bitterness to balance. Aftertaste is bitter w/a funky little caramel malt taste. Higher carbonation and medium body more to the dubbel"ish" style and alcohol is hidden very well. I'd like to see how this one ages in a few years, but I don't know if it's big enough to make it 10 years. It should be interesting. I plan on saving one bottle to try anyway.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish copper in color with medium head. Extremly malty nose with notes of pepper. Flavor is hops and spice. Full bodied and balanced
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting and nose-tingling aroma, very spicy, with notable coriander, licorice, tangerine and orange peel, with a background sweet, dark and fruity maltiness. Dark brownish red in color, lightly sedimented, with a creamy, fine, off-white head and lacing. Flavor is a nice blend of spices, fruit, malt, dark candyish sweetness, and a touch of spicy hop bitterness throughout, apparently of the Warrior variety. Spices, malt and esters throughout the finish. Fairly light texture, lightly effervescent and citric mouthfeel. Unique.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yeah, so I could follow the label's advice and let this mature a bit (although 10 years seems a bit long). The malt was forefront in the beer - especially being a Belgian Strong Ale - mostly sweet, a touch sour, and a touch spicy. There was something about the malt that just refused to register with my senses, the sweetness just flutters by and rolls off the tongue giving a very watery impression. The pepper doesn't really set in - granted I am rather used to intensely spicy foods - so adds little more than a tingle of curiousity. i just felt this was immature, I'll go buy another one and keep it around for ten years.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
03, 03, 03....I had to try, Oh, 3 of these before coming to any conclusion about what I could say. This is a very interesting and adventurous idea, and as usual, Stone finds a way to take it over the top - this time with the alligator pepper - where do they come up with this stuff!?!?!? Underneath it all sits a normal run of the mill Belgian brown ale; but it's wrapped in spices that you would usually use as dry rub for your weekend barbeque. My friend Chris says that this makes him crave a big juicy steak. I would like to have this with peppercorn seared tuna. We'll see how it ages and changes the next few years. (and yes, just like Dogbrick, I tasted a great deal of cardboard here.)
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice color but no head. Sweet and spicy aroma that smells more like a witbeer than and belgian brown. The malt is very noticeable while tasting and I can detect a peppery/spice undertone. Not much hops here. Dry on the palate and the aftertaste is not very long (except for the pepper). A good beer, but I was somewhat disappointed after truly enjoying the 02 offering and a few other Stone brews. My other bottle will be aged for 6 months when I may change my opinion.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Pours a clear brown/orange color with a thin head that sticks around. Huge sweet spicy aroma with piney hops. Start sweet, ends not as sweet and bitter. A nice full bodied brew, but the coriander turns me off a bit. It will be interesting to see if this survives for another 9 years.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I this supposed to be good just because it's from Stone? Bright amber color. Fresh malty nose. Body is alcoholic with a big malt presence and some light citrusy hops. Could probably stand for some age, but right now its nothing special.
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear copper hue. Very small, quickly dissipating, khaki head.
The aroma is of sweet malt, candy sugar, caramel, yeast, toffee, allspice, cinnamon, alcohol and dark raisins.
The flavor is very well-balanced for a Belgian style ale. Bursts of toffee, milk chocolate and caramel up front. Nice, lightly bitter hop presence on the backside.
Full-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, dry finish with fescue at the wee end.
Another great offering from the fine folks at Stone. I would like to pop open another bottle of this stuff twelve years from now, but I could only get my hands on one bottle.