ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a small, diminishing head; aromas of lime, clove, and banana; flavor is somewhat peppery and spicy, with notes of corriander, orange peel, perfume, citrus; presents a noticable alcoholic burn and dry finish after a sweet, slick mouthfeel. I donít care for this one. It's just way too perfumey, and the lime leaf, though I like lime, doesn't improve a thing, flavorwise........
785pro (10) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
All in all a pleasent ale, still enjoy Double over this one. Good over all apperance, very strong citrus and yeast flavor.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on bottle) Had this baby a bit too warm, so...Dark, clear redish-brown, with a small beige head. Sent of fried bananas and a light molasses. Has more burn, mocca, notes in flavour, big sweetness and got cloying in the end. A bit of a alcoholic finish.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Expecting something special I popped the top on this.... low and behold..... what a letdown. Pours a yellowy golden color with a moderate bubbly head. Strong floral aroma that is almost too sweet and yeasty. Flavor was plesant, mostly banana and spice with a good ammount of hop in the finish. For one of the famned Vertical Epic beers this is a dissapointment, but is drinkable and who knows, maybe in eight years will be much different.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy golden, large frothy white head with so-so retention, and decent carbonation. † Belgian yeast, flora, citrus, and banana in the nose. † Detectable alcohol in the aroma as well. † Slight fruity spiciness up front, but somewhat muttled. † The Belgian yeast taste is quickly interupted with a bitter and acidic taste, result of the Kaffir Lime Leaf perhaps? † By the time it finishes, I get a metallic tinge on the sides of my tongue. † Respectable lacing tho. † The 8.5% makes an appearance after the finish, slight warming of the throat. † The aroma was unique, interesting, combining the Belgian yeastiness with a typical German Hefe, but the flavor was muttled with the Kaffir Lime Leaf (assuming). † Too much going on here, each trying to battle each other, only resulting in a quasi Belgian Strong ale meets German Hefe meets tin can. † Overall, I think the tin can won. † Drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light golden color. Aroma is a potent mix of ginger, cloves and assorted fruits. Semi-strong Abv. Very sweet, ginger is overbearing at least thatís what Iím tasting. The flavor reminds me of a mandarin hefe, in which Iím not to fond of. Dry, spicy hops dominate the finish. Not one of their best offerings. Will have it again when I have an upset stomach.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Belgian style, obvious Belgian influences, with the yeast and orange peel characters. But i tasted a lot of American style hops in here (could be wrong, i dunno). Didnít taste particularly Belgian to me. Interesting all same. Probably have to hang on to a bottle to let in soften. A little too much alcohol showing in the finish.
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal Clear orange coloured body with a nice white head. Complex aroma of yeast, curacao, honeysuckle, vanilla and medicine! Medium-bodied; Strong spicey character resembling a belgie with a long medicinal aftertaste. Overall, less than I had expected, but what do you know-Stone Again!! I bought this 65 cL bottle from BevMo in Danville, California and sampled it on 30-June-2004, my 23rd birthday, although it was a less than remarkable beer for such an occassion.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A golden yellow pour with no head, this one had a grainy banana flavor with lots of hops. Not as enjoyable as the 03.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a light golden color moderate carbonation and a little white head. Smell is of fruit/hops. Taste is of bananas/spice/cloves and has a light hop finish. Overall a pretty good beer, but nothing special.