MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark ruby color, light tan foamy head. sweet malt/candi sugar aroma. a little tangy too. flavor is candi malt sweet, a little bitter. slightly metallic. thanks mkobes!
JimCucamonga (2) - Cucamonga, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well this is my first rating and I think I picked a good one. I am new at the whole "palate" thing So I will say it has a lime flavor, nice dark amber color. It has this sense stimulating the outside edges of my tongue and sneaking into my stomach in a nice way. Lots of bubbles. Hey, my writing improves as I get the closer to the end of the bottle.
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This year’s has a deep brown color with chessnut highlights. Pretty standard tan head. The aroma is of vanilla, almond and banana. The flavor stays on course with the aroma with banana taking the lead followed by a sharp spiciness (coriander?). The spices then give way to a long bitter finish. This may be the most interesting/complex beer in the series so far in my opinion (though I never had the ’02).
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich brown color with some red along the edges. Aroma is peppery and chocolate, like a dubbel. Taste is floral and hoppy, spicy indeed with some banana and nuts. This will be awesome in time and not bad now.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Amber fading into orange in color, bigger fuller foamy head, low carbonation. Spicy sweet aroma with pronounced cinnamon, bakery notes, and light milk chocolate. Flavors of spicy hops stand out with smaller flavors of alcohol and malts. Feels flat in the mouth, could be a bit more livelier.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from eyedrinkale. Pours a dark amber/ruby with a off white head. Very smooth with a slight tingle. Some cocoa and cinnamon and a small alcohol hint
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was hoping this would have some kind of cinco de mayo spin, but it didn’t. The beer is darker then I rememer 03 and 04 being. More of a ruby color with a nice cream colored head. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and alcohol with the aroma, dry cocoa also. Taste is rather bland with a backbone of cinnamon, and other spices with a slight alcohol taste at the end. Actually pretty dissapointing, but neverless a decent brew.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: poured cola brown with a medium tan head. Mild spicy aroma-cinnamon. Flavor is light for Stone. No big hop flavor but this is a Belgian afterall. Moderate yeasty taste with hints of fruit-banana and some dark fruitiness too. Sweet in the finish. Mild carbonation. Good overall and a fine product for Stone’s portfolio.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of mkobes at the jimmack invitational. body is a deep dark brown, not opaque, but almost porter-like in its coloring, along with a thick creamy head. aroma is very spicy, with some clove and cinnamon along with caramel malts. flavors matched the aroma, with some yeastiness, and a rather bittter hop tail. that tail translates into the aftertaste, which instead of being sweet and malty, is citrusy and hoppy, something i was not anticipating in a belgian. i look forward to aging a bottle of this, hopfully it will smooth out.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep burgundy color with a gigantic, creamy and rocky head of foam. This looks like a Belgian for sure. Aromatically speaking, it’s a bit dusty and dull, but still bursting with character with hints of sugared plums, pumpkin, chocolate, raspberries, almonds, bubble gum and toffee. Flavor is interesting, as each sip is different, some reassuring, some disappointing. The flavor is full of alcohol, but not harsh, loaded with notes of roast, chocolate, coffee, toffee and bright red fruit, with various yeast attributes. I don’t know a lot about Belgian yeast, but the yeast used in this just seems a little strange to me. Palate is noticibly thin compared to most Belgians. I’m pretty impressed overall, but I am sure Stone can do much better, especially if they brewed a Belgian style beer more than every 13 months.