pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle, now available at the Foodery in Phila. Dark ale, no head. Reminded me quite a bit of Trois Pistoles - plums, cherries, chocolate - only just not as refined as TP.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with thin off white head. This one has changed quite a bit since fresh, Iím down to 1 bottle now. Aroma is sweet and malty with chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor seems more mellow and full of dark fruits with cocoa and alcohol. Finish is warm and has a little black licorice taste that kind of sucks. Now to decide when to have this last bottle.......
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color of mahogony wood with a thin, but well-sustained, off-white head. Aroma of crystallized sugar, american cheese, and North African spice. Flavor is herbaceous, chocolatey, dried elder berries, sugar, and spicy alcohol in a complex flavor profile.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled June 05: Mahogany brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Notes of coco, brown sugar, earth, raisins, plum, and walnut in the nose. Toast, coco, herbs, currant, toasted coconut(?), almonds, and more brown sugar. Finishes sweet and malty with dried fruit, yeast, and a touch of herbal bitterness.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark red pour, almost brown. Thick, creamy head. Cherries in the aroma, with a little yeast. Malty, with more cherry and astringent, tangy yeast. Reminds me of cherry cough medicine with edgy carbonation. Lots of alcohol on the finish. Quite muted and funky. I thought it might have been a bad bottle, so I opened my "save till whenever the hell Iím supposed to open all of these things" bottle to find that it was exactly the same. This is probably the last bottle of "EPIC" that I burn $7+tax on.
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby, reminiscent of a port, but with a clingy brownish head.
Caramel, scotch ale sweet, but with a twist of mirabelle (some weird fruit they use to make booze in europe), some plums and a nice alcohol finish.
Profound maltyness, like a granola bar with nothing but specialty malts and caramel/nougat, dipped in a bit of alcohol to round it all off and make it rich and warming.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle at Stones 14th anniv party...red orange pour...aroma is caramel, toffee.. oxidized but I like it..flavor is caramel, sugar..still tasty.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a bit more malty than the other stones Iíve had...and Iíve had a bunch of them. Honestly it doesníty taste like a BSA at all right now. I know it is supposed to be good in six years, but screw that. Not too impressed when considering style...and mediocre when considering itís Stone couterparts.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer offers a healthy aroma consisting of dates, molasses, raisins, and barley. It is a rich mahogany colored solution that only has a smidgen of a cashew colored head. This moderately thick beer is very sweet and rich. The flavor is an infusion of caramel, dates, molasses, almonds, and wheat. A nice sweet date flavor is left lingering on the palate.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone never dissappoints. This one pours a deep dark brown with mahogany highlights and a thin tan head. The aroma is a perfumy mix of coffee, alcohol, smoke, and sweet dark fruit. Medium bodied and silky smooth in texture. Well balanced and bursting with flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke, alcohol, and a gentle lingering bitterness in the finish. Quite impressive.