Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I bought it today, and I drank it today. Not exactly patience, but I had to let my liver absorb the $5.49 hit on its own terms, which were immediate. A very tasty ale, with a sweet, estery aroma. Pours red with a white head. Flavor is malty sweet, with banana-flavored esters and a bit of spice on the way down the throat. Another flavor-crammed offering from Stone.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Despite my good intentions I wasn't able to wait until December 2012 to try this one. Well, in 2003 it has a very nice look to it. Dark reddish brown with a nice off white head. The aroma is VERY nice, and one that I can see improving a lot with age. The flavor is also quite nice, and again I'm sure it will improve with age. A nice Belgian strong!
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Discussed and anticipated. Nice nose of cookies, coffee, raisin, plums, and coriander mixed together. Murky ruby red color with a fairly interesting head. Bananas and white peppers in the taste. Green peppers, cinnamon, spices dance on the palate. Odd body texture -- thin oily feel.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an awesome beer. Very "belgian like" and quite delicious. The pepper is quite apparent and most awesome. I've had two of these already, with many cellared. The second was better than the first, and I expect it only to get better with age. Hoppy, delicious and wonderful...combines my favorite belgian style with Stone's famous hoppy character.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge malts start off caramelly and end up ranging from slightly smoky to thick and shredded wheat-like. Hops is present and bitter underneath big waves of sugar, dried fruit (like a trail mix) and white pepper. I have a bottle put away and will go grab the last few because this will only get better with age. No carbonation and only slight alcohol detected. Outstanding and can only get better.
stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, good amount of carbonation. Aroma is slightly spicy and fruity. Taste is the same with a moderate dose of bitterness. Very easy drinking and unlike most Belgian style strong ales I've had.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/21/03: bottle. deep red-brown body with a trace of lacing. very complex-lots of activity in the taste department. plenty of belgian yeast (a wonderful quality, if you like that taste.) other tastes include plums and apples. note to self… i should cellar some of this, just in case i ever acquire the taste for belgian yeast!
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown-red color with a thick, tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like Belgian yeast, plums and raisins. Some of the alcohol comes through too.
Lots of flavors here. Raisins, plums, dates, yeast and the wheat are all very prominent. The alcohol and hop flavor are there but slight. This should continue to develop flavors as it ages.
Very smooth, thick palate.. Surpised it didn't have that prickly bite that wheat can sometimes lead to in a beer. Great stuff.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coffee brown in color. Smells like chemicals. Hoppy flavor. Can't read the rest of my writing.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #300. Dark brown to mahogany color, some dark fruits and nuts come out at first then that is stopped by a hop presence. Rounded mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish. Nice experiment.