Fordtech (4) - USA - APR 7, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Mist beers either call themselves hopfiends or malt friends. This beer will bring an end to the malt/hop civil war. One word... PERFECT!
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Re-rated after a little over a year in the cellar....i.e....closet. Pours caramel/coffee brown with a nice tan head. Fruit has calmed down in the aroma, revealing a much stronger roasted malt character, but there is still some cherry and cassis present. This beer still has an amazing balance of the aroma in itís flavor. Fruitiness that I originally noticed in the flavor has also been slightly muted. Roasted chocolate and caramel malts and a much stronger alcohol presence is the forefront, with a hint of anise coming through the finish. A bit of hops spiciness and warming alcohol in the back of my throat on the medium chewy palate.
techdiver (22) - USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque blackish brown with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Complex aroma with chocolate and malt. Taste is exquisite, well balanced, almost stout like with a smooth malt and chocolate toffee flavor and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is rich and makes for a very easy drinking brew.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 (rerate from 12-25-07) This beer was damn impressive. I expected it to be with over a year of ageing. Ive had the 05í and i dont really remember it being this good. Murky, and dark black in color, with a white laced head. Aroma is roast (but not in a coffee sense), chocolate, and grapefruit, vineous. Flavor is very much the same but i would describe it as more of a chocolate with a raspberry drizzle. Malty mouthfeel. A little bit of a hop bite, and a warm feeling afterwards. Damn good beer. but it definitely speaks more of a wine. Another winner for the boys at Stone.
robinvboyer (3532) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great aroma of dark malts, a little roasty, with some really nice deep earthy fruity aromas with a touch of yeast. The flavor is full bodied, and rich. Lots more of the earthy dark fruits, with a big dose of raisins, and plums. A superb example of the style, this has aged very very well.
kevie999 (3) - chino, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very good beer. Taste of sweetness with a hint of saltlyness. One of the best beer I have tasted.
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.
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Time for a holiday countdown! Iím very near to finishing clearing out my cellar and this is the first of my greedily hoarded Stone vertical. Bought this bomber for $6.66 (and paid a little extra to the taxman). Nose is sweet crystalline rock candy with darker Dubbel and brown sugar notes. Pours a sultry chestnut brown that darkens a bit with volume, soapy tan head. Moderately dry in the mouth, very nice brown malt dominance right up the middle with gentle roast and faint coffee, furloughed red fruits and a subtle vein of bitterness -- very unlike Stone on that last point, and itís super classy. Faint mocha/cocoa, fainter anise, rich but straight-ahead malt, smooth woody character in the deep background that survives to enrich the aftertaste, and style-appropriate carbonation. Utterly minimal oxidation for this age. Very well-hidden alcohol, only a slight caress of warmth in the chest, none in the mouth or throat. Medium-full body, clean and balanced, smooth with latent nuttiness and slight velvety tang; it wants to pick up funky sour notes but canít (or at least hasnít). One nitpick: the phenolic character, while light, is a little bit crass. I love this yeast, which takes a star turn here. This is a wildly successful attempt in unfamiliar territory by a brewery I very much respect, and it has really held up well! Superlative Dubbel. [2013.12.12: 4.7]
hydros (7) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with lighter head. Complex spiced aroma. Medium body with a complex flavor. Some hops, but well balanced. Overall one of my favorite brews.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I couldnít stand it anymore and finally cracked this baby open as I enjoy my first night of football sprawled on my couch. Poured a deep stained mahogoney red-black with barely a whisper of carbonation or head. The aroma is strangely waxy, and a bit date-like ... I donít know how else to describe it ... This drinks a lot mellower than Iíd expected it to, and with much different of a flavor profile than Iíd expecte, too. This has a rich dark fruity character, mostly raisin, hint of licorice, plum, blackberry, pinot noir. For all those rich flavors, this goes down far too easily, a nice sipper on this nice cool evening as I watch the Patriots smoke the Chargers.(#3097, 9/16/2007)