andyhwcinc (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL, enjoyed at home while watching playoff football on a lazy winter weekend. Very happy that Stone released a variety of these. Appearance is a dark brown / ruby red with a rich, slightly off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, prune, biscuit, red wine, a bit of sugar, and molasses. Taste is full bodied, really more of a wine than a Belgian ale, with a plentiful amount of prune flavor and molasses. Itís very low carbonation, but again very heavy. Unless I stumble upon other varieties of this, thoroughly enjoyed this series.
jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is soy, cocoa, cardboard. Knackered. Taste is sort of salty. Old leather bag. Belgian yeast. Cocoa. Apples. Medium body, soft carbonation. The wheels are coming off.
tia (1012) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Auburn. Smells a little boozy and astringent and roasty. Tastes a little roasty too. Dry.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"iíve come to be a huge fan of the hoppy, almost ipa-like belgians, so i didnít like this one quite as much as the 08, but itís quite good. deep, complex, spicy. ready to break out a 2 1/2 year old bottle, and iíll amend this review."
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So, I was cleaning out my cellar and found this - I didnít realize I hadnít rated it. It might be a little off peak, but still pretty good. Pours a muddy brown, thin head. Smells like chocolate covered raisins, plus some oak. Taste is winey, fruity, and some chocolate. Maybe some balsamic vinegar, as well.
Wombata (468) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Smooth, dark chocolate all day long, "pear," bread, yeast
Palate: Medium bodied
Flavor: Like the nose with some lift from the carbonation. Finishes bready, yeasty and nutty.
Comment: Well-carbonated, which lightens the perceived body.
Travlr (13508) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft on 12/12/12. Brown color. Aroma of cloves, chocolate, coffee. Lots of cloves in the taste as well. Not bad
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. The aroma is strong figs, cedar, dark fruits. Thin mouthfeel with strong booze, caramel, dark fruits, cedar, good.
RussianDragon (517) - - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown with an uneven thin espresso head. Aroma is smooth - roasty chocolate, spiciness from yeast. This beer seems to not be in a specific style, but reminds me of a "light quadrupel". Flavor is raisins, honey and thick chocolate. Notes from Stone event Brickskeller 6/1/09.
Macegan75 (709) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Damicoís. Pours dark brown with slight soapy looking head, aroma is anise, unmalted barley, roasted chicory, coco, aldehydes and spicy finish. first sip is very similar with a dry finish of unsweeted chocolate.
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor are both heavily oxidized - dull metal, belgian spice, caramel, and sourdough. Itís strange that this was the only year with oxidation after so long.