Theydon_Bois (10377) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, big thanks to Fin for swapping this one with me, 18/01/15.
Hazed orange amber with a decent off white covering that dissipates a little then retains.
Nose is candied fruit peel, pepper, spice, clove, sugar, light caramel, bitter orange.
Taste comprises light must, yeast esters, spice, clove, white pepper, grassy, bitter citric notes.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, yeast esters and bitter fruit licks in the close.
Decent Belgian strong, good balance, not too sweet, has aged well.
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours hazy light orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of even lace. The nose is lightly sweet caramel with some aged hops, spicy and estery yeast and a light vegetal note. The flavor is candi sugar and caramel malt, spicy yeast, and some aged hops, tastes just like a hoppy, aged tripel. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long spicy caramel with a touch of heat finish.
seymour (1515) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled around a StlBrews table, thanks for sharing! It poured a hazy golden colour with deep white foam, long-lasting with lots of fine Belgian lace. Grainy, caramelly sweet, surprising amount of citrusy hop bitterness and flavour still intact. Tangy fruit flavours, subtle peppery yeast spice. At 6+ years old, it was definitely oxidized. A hint of soy sauce, but not bad, not as mushy and cardboardy as typical with beers this old. Still tasty and complex. Boozy, warming, but not harsh. Light-medium body, strong carbonation, well-balanced bittersweet aftertaste.
tia (1023) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Light amber. I get a lot of honey in the nose and booziness. Flavor is weaker with some graininess.
jackl (5059) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep gold with a small head. Nose is golden apples and banana. Some clove. General spice rack. Paper. Cereal. Taste is pretty oxidized. Peppery, loads of paper. So tied. Medium body, soft carb. Not good.
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"a dark, dry hopped beer...yummy. fairly unique brew, and even though dry hopped, not overly hopped, especially by Stone’s standards, as another rater noted. frsh re-releases after the 11th anniversary have gotten even better. the last two times i had this nice freshly hoppy dark brew, it’s been awesome
djd07 (3976) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is strong yeast, clove, banana. Medium mouthfeel with nice resin, light spice, vanilla, oak, very good.
SpringsLicker (3172) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From my cellar
Slightly hazy orange body with a small, fleeting white head.
Fruity, candy aroma.
The flavor is slightly sweet on the front with some dryness as it moves into the finish.
OK, nothing bad, nothing outstanding.
AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got a 22 oz. bottle in a trade with Skyview, thanks for the opportunity! This was the only vintage I was missing after The Lord Hobo 12-12-12 event. Color displayed is hazy orange amber color still a sold amount of carbonation. The hiss after popping the cap made me smile knowing this was going to fine. Aroma is all fruity notes of Belgian yeast. Old ripe mango, peach and light musty basement.
Flavor has the yeast taking over the majority of the flavor. Orange zest, light peach and hints of pepper up front. The pale malt base doesn’t show much oxidation, light tone of cardboard. But it doesn’t kill the overall flavors. The finish has a citrus zest that is found in the beginning of the sip, no bitterness at this point. No alcohol taste anywhere.Overall I was surprised how well this held up to the test of time. It truly speaks well of the series.
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light orange color with a soapy white head. Good lacing. Aroma of tangerine, apple, Belgian yeast, and clove. Citrus fruit flavor with tangerine and some banana, pepper, and spice combine for a complex and very tasty brew. Wish I had more than one bottle.