uvajed (181) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don't know quite what to make of this. It poured beautifully, with a thick, off-white head that left distinct lacing, and a wonderfully rich and slightly cloudy golden color.
The aroma is pleasantly sweet, reminding me of pears, and a tad spicy. The initial taste was rather shocking, being that all I could think of where bananas covered in pepper. My surprise and confusion subsided quickly and gave way to a feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction as I began to comprehend this brew.
This installment of Stone's Vertical Epic really caught me off guard, but I plan to age a bottle or three for 2012, and likely another for a multiple-year sampling sometime before that.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is of belgan yeast. pours golden with a white head. flavor is sweet with bannanas and apples, a little bit of spicyness to it. overall a pretty interesting beer.
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 Pours hazy brass colour with a white foamy head that mostly diminishes. Nose is banana, yeast and alcohol. Favor is banana, nutmeg, spicy and acidic, tropical fruity. Palate is kind of oily, can be described as having a light mouth feel. After taste is perhaps more complex than the body, which is what i find so unique about this one. Overall, this is a spectacular brew, donít let anyone else tell you otherwise.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow stong llime yeast aroma, small quicly disolving head, taste lime small maltiness banna apple smooths in the middle finnishes clean good beer expected stonger lime flavour glad it was not enjoyable beer
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one tastes a lot better tahn it looks (imo). Pours hazy orange with a layer of white head. Smells sweet, spicy (nutmeg or cinnamony or something) and malty, taste is similar to the smell, nice and sweet with some cinnamon/clove spice in there. finishes a little bitter. the mouthfeel is a little lacking (thin), but still pretty good.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It appears these guys can do nothing wrong. Quite a head for a bottled beer. A little sour for my taste, but very good. These comments about aging intrigue me, I may attempt my first.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2006
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Diacetyl in the aroma and flavor. A bit of citrus lime pops up, but none of the hefe influence claimed on the bottle. Color is as orange as I have ever seen, so it is interesting, but not exactly appealing. No head. Very little carbonation and extremely watery. A tad bit of alcohol in the flavor as well.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again to matta! Now this is more like it. Beautiful golden color - nice white head. Smells like a cross between a nice Belgian Triple and German Hefe. Banana fruit and spicy nose. Flowery. Smooth texture. Mildly bitter bite on the finish but very enjoyable.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of peach/bananas. Nice and fruity. Pretty well balanced, something alittle tiny bit off but i canít really pin point it. Lots of peach flavor. Nice and satisfying especially on a warmer day.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Bottle. Nice golden color, white head that laced okay. Limey, fruity, estery aroma, very pleasant and I spent a long time sniffing my glass. Flavor is not something that Iíd ever expect from Stone, you can really tell that the used unmalted grain in the beer, the lime flavor is a bit overpowering for my taste. Some spices in there too. Lime really comes through in the finish, bottle conditioning makes it very smooth. An interesting beer, I think Iíd like to let a few bottles age for a year or so, maybe meld the flavors together a bit and see how it turns out.
Update 2/4/06: I recall Greg saying on a vblog that he particularly enjoyed this one around Thanksgiving, so I decided to crack open one of my remaining bottles. The appearance is still a transparent, bright straw golden color. One-finger white head, good lacing. The lime leaf is much more subdued in the aroma, giving rise to the banana-y esters. Not as pungent as I remember. Sweetness registers early on the front of my tongue, then blends into a slightly tart and spicy finish, presumably due to the wheat and the yeast strain. Bitterness doesnít seem particularly pronounced (though I didnít notice much the first time around, either). Balance is outstanding. Bright feeling in the mouth. It leaves a warm, pleasant sensation after each sip, probably the alcohol which is beautifully masked. This is rounding into a delightful brew. I think Iím down to a single bottle now, and considering how wonderful it is right now, Iím not sure how long Iíll hold on. I donít think my bottle can go the distance, so weíll have to see what I decide to do.