KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Pours a translucent mahogany with an off-white head. Aroma is full of spice, figs, caramel, and a hint of alcohol. Drinks well with good carbonation and long lasting flavors of bananas and cloves. Fairly metallic in both aroma and taste. A great beer that leaves you wanting more.
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is great. Big stout taste without a strong alcohol burn. Very smooth and tasty. Drink this if you can find it
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown, medium head. Mild spiciness, mild alcohol coming through. Flavor is ok but not my favorite from Stone. Have another one which I’ll let develop for a couple years to compare.
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown with fairly thin head.
Lots of roasted malt aroma with some spice and fruit. didn’t taste the cedar but maybe some banana. good complex flavors. I need to find some to cellar.
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Aroma is malty sweetness, some dark malts, licorice. Some bubblegum notes. Clear, dark, ruby notes, thick tan head that last. Flavor - very interesting beer. Sweet, malty, but dominated by the belgian characteristics, especially bubblegum and clove. Overall, a very different and interesting brew--like a brown porter with belgian yeast. Sweetness might be a little much, but I enjoyed the brew.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and dark with a thick viscosity that lets you know right away you’re in for an alcohol bomb. Nice complexity. Roasty, and a little smoky. If someone gave this to me and told me this was barrel aged, I’d probably believe them. Sometimes dubbels are a bit too sweet and thick in the mouth, this was not. Very tasty esters from the yeast - plum, dried fruits, a little fig and some moderate clove/phenolics. Very digestable. Nice dubbel. I think I’ll keep the other bottle for a few more years.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Wow! It looked like a porter at first, and then when I held it up to light it looked like a really dark amber. It has a really sweet hoppy aroma and tasted like gold! This is without a doubt the best beer I have drank in a long long time.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is smokey and fruity. Flavor is extremely comforting- sweet (banana?)and spicy with sort of a roasted anise flavor. What I would imagine a Belgian Abbey Stout to taste like. Finish is nicely bitter and slightly funky, and they are right... no astringency at all. One of my favorite Stone brews so far.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish brown and a medium off white head. Lots of crystal malt like the rest of the Stone brews. Not quite Belgian by my taste and little aroma but some good sweet roasted maltiness with some dried fruits and little to no hop bitterness.
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Relatively malty in the aroma with a fair amount of fruity esters. Slight hints of molasses. Decent but not great smell.
Decent head that diminishes to basically nothingness. Brown body with a reddish tint.
Fruity taste with some toffee/molasses/brown sugar notes. Slightly spicy on the back-end. Slight alcohol presence. Some roast and bitterness. Odd mixture of flavors. I don’t think this meshes all that well.
Medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Slightly alcoholic and spicy finish. Ok.
Overall, meh. For the price I paid, not bad. Will this stand up until 2012? Definitely not convinced of that.