santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cellared properly. Clear purple body with a thing beige head. Super sweet caramel aroma with figs, dates, prunes, plums, raisins, sugar, and bread. Mellow mellow taste. Very smooth with caramel, bread, vinous, dark fruit, molasses, honey and oak notes. Aging well, for sure..
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma toffee, caramel, dark fruit, spices and alcohol. flavor much the same and is quite sweet. warming after a few drinks. decent beer
tcon25 (301) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour at Bambinos Seattle, just past its prime along with not being stored properly, however it still showed a little of promise I enjoyed it nun the less, happy to be able to try this one. Dark amber pour still some foam head, little bitter, crisp almost plum flavor, solid beer. Default would be higher if not for the condition.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This looked perfect with a nice,lasting head and black color,but the aroma was a sour malt flavorThe taste was a sour malt flavor.slightly metallic.I donít like this style,so I am rating it lower than a lover would.I wonít buy again,but I;m sure some people would.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Thanks fly! It is a reddish/brown color with a nice head. The aroma has raisins, caramel and sweetness. The flavor is winey, sweet, raisiny, some roastiness, and yeasty. Nice combo. Should be interesting in 6 months. Great beer now anyway.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby to brown, small head. Definite Belgian yeast flavor, mostly malty but more hops than one would expect for the style (though not for Stone). Kind of a chocolatey taste, but not real strong. Alcohol strength fairly evident. A nice beer, and will probably age well.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This one came with a ton of expectations and didnít dissappoint. It poured a beautiful near-black, like soft licorice when itís pulled apart. Nice tan head, full and durable, with good lacing. Aromas were fruit, fruit, fruit. Apricots, cherries, apples, figs, raisins, licorice, cloves, nutmeg, coffee, bread, green peppers. Whew! Taste was WOW! Big hit of smoke morphs to malt heaven then makes room for pear, applequince, even avacado. Lots of fantastic hop bitterness, complimented by the fruit sweetness. The malts were toasty, chocolatety, creamy and smoky -- the best malt presence Iíve tasted. Finish is malt, smoke, peat, earth, and hops. Mouthfeel was perfect -- at no time did it seem too thick or too thin. It was perfectly carbonated. I know all 5s leaves no room for improvement and this ale is meant to be kept until 12-12-2012 and if itís going to get even better, well Iím going to get more and save it. The Stone Brewing Company made one happy beer drinker today. if you havenít already, go get yourself 2 -- drink one and save one for 2012!
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to secret santa (JPDIPSO i think) pours a deep ruby red with a small slightly brown head. aroma is slightly fruity and spicy despite the fact that they say they used no spice in this beer
there is a light malt and yeastieness that is like. taste is much of the same with a bit of roastiness. damn fine beer. it is a shame i will probably never have another.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good offereing from Stone. Iím not a big fan of the Belgian Strong Ale style so Iím not a big fan of this one. But it is full bodied, smells of cloves and its really dark for this style.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite good, like the 03 version on sterioids. This will probably age very similiar. Deep ruby color, fruity nose malt, grapes and alcohol. Taste is dark fruits, and maty merlot along with liquor. Finish has is a lingering sweet and bitter at the same time thing going on. The flavors are all over the place and aging may do this one some good. That said, this beer is great right now and it remains to be seen if aging will blend the flavors well or take itís character away ala the í03 VE.