mribm (459) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I hate Belgian style beers and was kind of worried about this one after reading the description. However this didn't taste like a Belgian beer to me. When it poured from the bottle with it's think head and dark brown color, it was one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. This ale had a nice malty taste and the alcohol was masked very well. If it wasn't so expensive ($10 per 22 oz. bottle) I would buy it again. Is it good, YES. Is it worth $10 a bottle, NO.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malt aroma, light spice (moderate corriander), light roast, light caramelized sugar (cake/cotton candy). Belgian yeast funk (phenolic?). Sweet flavor with a smooth mouthfeel, light coating left in mouth. Finish is a muddled bitterness with a slight spiciness.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red color with medium light brown head. Fairly rich malt flavor and some hop bitterness. Medium body. I didn't have the patience to let it cellar, but that would definitely improve the beer's flavor.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club courtesy of Andy (Landseer). I canít but be a little bit disappointed with this one, as I was expecting great things, and it turned out to be a solid Belgian Strong Ale, but nothing to rave about. Some notes of cherry and apple and caramel nut on the nose. The palate is rather thin, and thereís some orange peel and Belgian funk there, but the thinness is bothersome. This is ageing well and should last some time, maybe not until 2012 though. A fun experience, but not overwhelming.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy sweet,mild fruity aroma.Sparkling ruby tan appearance.Fruity bitter flavor with creamy coriander and ginger emerging as it warms.Lingering mild pepper,licorice spiced orange tea finish.A fantastic Stone beer thats not blasted with hops.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great brew, dark reddish color with a beautiful head that coats the glass entirely. Aroma is fruity sweet with a bitterness that evens it out. Flavors swirl around your mouth, Maltiness, fruit earth tones and hop finish blended wonderfully. A great beer and one that I'm gonna have to get more of.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
According to the label I'm not supposed to open this one until 2012. I might have to go out and get another one. Dark amber color. At first I thought I caught a hint of apples in the nose but it soon changed to malt and bananas. Malty and sweet on the tongue with an easy bitter finish.
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FROM NOTES; July 3, í12
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass. Bought an extra to cellar.
A: Roasted malt, maple syrup, chocolate, flowers, gingerbread.
A: Very murky looking ruby brown color. What little head there was recedes to a ring around the edge of the pour.
T: Follows the nose with Belgian yeast strain present, bready, spice notes and metallic off-flavors.
P: Nice malt/hop balance, lean mouth-feel, tart notes, some alcohol burn, a nice hop bite to the finish, peppery finish.
O: I didnít enjoy this one nearly as much as the 02-02-02 and Iím scared to death to try it in December í12.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber - thanks to TAR. Enjoyed with a nice firm Manchego cheese and a soft goat cheese. Chestnut brown with small diminishing head (when pouring the second glass I splashed around a bit, and got a nice tan head). Strong aroma of raisins and apple cellar with some hops. Flavor is absolutely delicious with brown sugar, rotten fruit and citrussy hops. Sweet but wellbalanced, but a bit metallic in the aftertaste. This has hold very well again times tooth. Sticky mouth feel with low carbonation, which is nice compared to the, often too lively, Belgian ales.
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.