atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barnet colored to brown with a little tan head. Aroma is yeasty, spiceyh and with a bananna presence. Carmel malts and a clean presence. Flavor is sweet and tangy at first. Bananna flavors mixed with clove spices and a yeasty character. Full sweet malts and also some roasty and toasted malt and an astringent tangy feel. Warming on the way down, nice finish. Can’t wait to try it later.
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Probably in the minority on this one, but I get a smokey bacon aroma with some light fruit. Pours a deep red that only shows transparency when held to the light. Malty with lots of dark fruit, light raisin, caramel, and some definite smoke. Fruitiness increases in the finish with a little citrus. Very good, but takes a little hit in aroma.
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first in the series and I can’t wait to taste it in 7 1/2 yrs. A killer strong to dubbel now.
One problem. I had to jump through hoops to get it. Next year stone better send me two for free or else i’ll..........................
dwyerpg (4917) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very unique brewing idea. Definitely wouldn’t have said that there were no spices in it, since it reminds me of Belgian ales (which usu. have them). Perhaps will be better with age, who can tell. Wish I woulda caught on to this idea three years ago.
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