kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a hazy, yellowish-orange color; off-white head that quickly fades. Brown sugar and chewy esters in the aroma, slightly dry and spicy. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: esters and plenty of warm spices (white pepper, coriander) and candy sugar; a bit too sweet right now, and unsettled; this should balance out with some age (one would hope). Lengthy, sugary and brown sugar finish.
after4ever (5745) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours succulent glowing amber with a huge fluffy thick white head. Enormous sugary nose; smells like candi sugar and white sugar both. Spicy lemon and honey notes in there too. They did their chores on this one! Nice bold attack with plenty of body and carb, though still clean and drinkable. Flavors are assertive at all times. All the lemon and honey and spice and sugar come through on the mid-palate, along with some mint. Peppery hop finish. This is dandy stuff. I think they should move this over to mainstream.
greenhorn1 (734) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a beautifully clear orange, will a small head. Aroma of spices, clove, with a twist of lemon. Flavor is nicely complex, mild spice and orange right up front. Yeasty finish and more spices...subtle hint of cinnamon that lingers on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth. Excellent beer that gets better with every sip. Canít wait to try it again in a few years after it ages.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Aroma is very spicy with cinnamon, ginger, bubblegum and a citrus zing. Pours transparent gold with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor is tangy citrus (orange and grapefruit) followed by the spice and ending with a nice yeasty finish. Alcohol is hidden but warming. Palate is tart and tangy. Pretty tasty brew that reminds me of Pizza Ports SPF 45, which isnít a bad thing.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep pale orange body with nice head. Aroma is of spices - cinnamon, lemon, ripe pears, citrus, light ginger. A nice complex aroma. Flavor is of slight yeast, light perfume, spices. Can taste some of the orange peel - leads to an undertoned citrus feel to it. Nicely carbonated. Iím really impressed with this VE. Unlike than the other years Iíve tasted, I can see this one doing great with five years of cellaring.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Goblet. Pours a brilliant orange amber, with light wisps of carbonation clinging to the glass. The aroma comes across intially sweet with candy sugar, pepper, wheat, clove, muscat grape, lemon, citrus zest-- a lot in there to ponder, as to be expected with these Epics. The initial sip bemoans a thin Tripel, wihich takes a unique, spicy, earthy twist, before finishing with alcohol warmth, sweetness, spice, and lingering, bitter tartness that hits the back of the throat. Good yeast... Fun beer- Should be even MORE fun in a year or two.. or 5(!)
ABUSEDGOAT (2170) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís kinda strange with Stone because as time has passed Iíve liked their beers less and less. Iíve had very low expectations for everything they make and expect it all to be overrated. I honestly enjoyed this one though. Clear orange with a moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is yeast, lighter and citric fruits, grass, spices, pepper, sugar. Medium bodied with a slightly sweet alcoholic (in a good way) finish. I was so worried this was going to be overly sweet, but itís not. Very drinkable and the first new Stone beer I enjoyed in a REALLY long time.
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep reddish amber with light white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, apple, pear, citrus, and golden raisins. Sweet with nice body. The fruit and spice flavors are nice.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was fairly interesting. Orange colour with a nice tall white head. Clove, a few other spices, and a surprising hop aroma for the style. Lemon and coriander, slightly sweet with some belgian yeast tones. There is a noticeable hop presence that was welcome and complimented this beer nicely. A lot going on here and possibly one of my favourite VEís yet.
3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 First smell makes me think Belgian tripel, first drink makes me think of some witbier and saison weirdness. Candy sugar, lemon zest, and some coriander and cardamom in the nose, sweet and spicy melons and pears as well. Flavor is sickly sweet melon fruit and coriander spice and ginger... quite good but it seems a bit too thick and sickly. A really good experiment I think. I wouldn’t mind drinking more of this, so along with 04 and 05 it’s one of my favorite VE recipes.