JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally getting around to rating this from backlog. In a certain sense it’s a good opportunity to take stock of the series by reflecting on my impressions and notes from the past. What I mean is that, with some perspective, I might be tempted to say that this was the last beer in the initial phase of the series, the last somewhat dark beer before Stone seemed to shift to tripel/golden/hybrid beers. It had lovely sweet malts with a hint of spicy yeast and tangy malts, slight wood and autumn fruit. Perhaps one of the most interesting and age-able of the series to this point.
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Still yeasty. Chocolate, raisins, sour. Not too bad though. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that immediately fizzles away into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.
Slightly spicy, leathery malt aroma that makes it seems more like a barley wine than anything else at this stage. Earthy malts with hints of leather, toffee, subtle dark fruit and lots of alcohol. Faint piney nag grassy hops provide somewhat of an herbal character thatís followed by pepper anise and licorice. Not very impressive.
Fuller bodied than expecting and thankfully more interesting than the aroma suggests. Decent balance of dark malt, earthy hops and zesty spice. None of the flavors have seemed to have held up very well, however, with somewhat stale and faded character. The malt profile stands out more than in the nose but it is earthy and leathery like a barley wine and lacking in sweetness and roast. Kind of watered down as well with faded spicy, grassy hop flavor. Slightly earthy and resinous complimented by a peppery spice presence that gives off some clove and anise. As with most of the beers inths series, this beer which was interesting upon release is kind if a faded mess at this point. I wish I would have opened it few years ago.
drfabulous (5226) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Fruity nose with malty banana caramel and toffee.
tcon25 (335) - 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.
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours cola brown with a very thin beige head that leaves a very thin collar of lace. The nose is malty cocoa, dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, and a touch of anise. The flavor is the same, all different levels of chocolate, with some anise and added roasted bitterness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long malty cocoa and bitter dark chocolate finish.
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Escondido brewpub - Pours mahogany with a filmy tan head. Nose is big Belgian yeast, lots of dark bread maltiness, and a dark fruitiness. Taste is the same, warm alcohol with lots of yeast, cherry, raisin, dark malt. Smooth and well-carbonated.
jackl (6108) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is roasted apple. Caramel. Chocolate and nutella. Some nuts. A bit earthy. Some leather. Taste is full of knackered chocolate. Old used towels. Cardboard. Pepper. Full body, soft carb. Meh.
tia (1433) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Auburn. Smells like dry pla-doh and chocolate. A little smoother.
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at stone company store. Ruby/brown pour, clear with ring of khaki head. Some lacing. Aroma: figs, molasses, grains steeping on brew day; bread, banana laffy taffy, licorice. Taste: cardboard and chocolate/toffee. Actually the oxidation in this isnít bad -- more sherry than cardboard, with a backdrop of raisins. Lightly sweet up front, but otherwise pretty dry. Full- body, creamy, good carbonation. Overall: this ainít bad. It ainít bad at all.
slowrunner77 (7864) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Sweet leaning, but not overly slow. Some signs of oxidation after 7 years, but not spoiled. Hints of clove and other Belgian-y spices going on, and some non-deScript dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Definitely a gimmick to sit on these for 12 years, especially since you can make a couple car payments by selling them. Iíve never had a bottle of my own past one year, and I donít think most of the VE releases will be better than fresh after 6-12 months anyway..."