Ratman197 (9946) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Irish Boy (thanks again Richard) Poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of wheat, yeast, coriander, dark fuit, cocoas and toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, coriander, cocoa, dark fruit and toasted malt with a smooth lingering coriander finish.
hopscotch (9214) - 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.
daknole (9142) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
maltzilla you rock man! Pours a brownish color. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, light hops and some oxidation. Flavor is sweet with caramel, light oxidation, fruit, wood, and some very light hops. This one aged pretty well. Way better than 04.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Another one of those I’ve had a few times and just noticed I did not rate (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). Brownish in color with a small sized head. Fruity, yeast, some spiciness, and brown sugar.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, nuts and bread. The taste is caramel, toffee, nutty notes, leafy hops. Medium bodied. Low carbonation.
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at CK for 12.12.12. VE night. Full haze mahogany, high carbonation, webby/complete lacing. Nose is butterscotch, toffee, chocolate. Taste is minerally, spicy, butterscotch, some celery. Perhaps an odd, somewhat benign infection. Super aerated, overcarbonated palate. Drinkable.
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am hoping I have the patience to get one of each of the V.E. beers to actually do the vertical tasting. This beers pours a solid amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is spicey and malty at the same time. For some reason when I tasted it I was reminded of one of those god-awful "12 Greatest Brews of the World" monstrosities brewed by Gluek. Some kind of cardboard taste maybe? This wasn't a bad brew but I could not get the comparison out of my head. Finish is hoppy and toasty. Overall the cardboard flavor and general oilyness kind of ruined what is definitely a brew that will improve over time.
3fourths (8099) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark amber appearance, with a frothy tan head. Smells of heavy sugar, like Koolaid. It's not so fruity, just very sugary, to the point at which it feels gritty on your teeth. Strong first taste, harsh scratchy finish. This stuff is just too sweet to enjoy, but it balances the sugar taste with a honey and bread flavor, which makes it drinkable. The other two bottle I have will be in storage, and so we'll see how it is in a few months of a few years.
JorisPPattyn (7970) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber. yellowish head, fairly stable. Nose gives... vanilla-and-raspberry icecream??? Eeuh...yes. And diacetyl. Taste: diacetyl, damn: too young. Stone? And then I read the text on the bottle. Right, it's all there. It's me who's been the culprit. Had to wait another 11 years, it seems. Aftertaste & mouthfeel is buttery (of course) and soupy. Why - blame it on me. If I ever find another bottle, I'll rerate; points are given with reservation.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 A highly excited licorice bubblegum pulse yields sweet coriander cells...Agglutinated, they ward off almost all invading hops, save a few cones huddled within a cinnamon and black pepper clot...Throbbing and syrupy mandarines evoke a new flavor of cotton candy...A little more togetherness ans subtlety would carry it near to Abbaye des Rocs grandeur...