beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The hops make this. It’s like a Belgian IPA--if such a thing existed. It’s a Belgian strong ale or maybe even an abbey dubbel or trippel with extreme hops.
My concern with this is that by12/12/12, the hops will have fallen off. I don’t see how this beer can age well.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is grass, clove, bananas. Flavor is spicy, hops, cloves. Slightly bitter finish.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours amber with little retaining off white head into a tulip; nice lacing. Crisp hoppy aroma with honey sweetness, tea/herbs, clove, banana chips, bready malts. Flavor starts with bready malts and delicate hops, honey sweetness is prevalent throughout, almost flora with clove, tea, and lemon pepper finish with noticeable yeast and banana. Similar to a tripel. Pillowy mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation level. Mellows nicely as it warms. Quite drinkable, easy to take it down, hides the abv well. Refreshing, but a bit too spicy in the finish.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden straw color with minimal white head that fades quick. Aroma is sweet, butterscotch with some floral and grassy hops notes. Flavor is same as the aroma with some honey, and citrus. Spicy phenolics give some pepper and some banana/clove in the mineral-like finish. Nice dryness level, nice kicked up hops level. This is a great brew.
epf33 (224) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
best beer ive had golden color white head that lasts to the bottom unlike othre belgians it wasnt hazy
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured golden yellow out of the bottle with almost no head. Smells citrusy, lemons and fresh cut grass. Seems to remind me of a wheat beer at the start. Spicy sweet flavor and goes away a little bit bitter. Very hoppy, but balanaced well. this beer is fantastic now but will probably be top notch in about 2 years.
leeburg (223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First whiff upon cracking the bottle: HOPS!;!;!;!; So they didn’t lie. Transparent yellow with active, quickly and mostly diminishing white head. Pine resin, honey, grapefruit, and a roll of new carpet. Reminds me of my first real big hop beer, which I think was Bells Two Hearted. Initially sweet flavor and sticky mouthfeel followed by prickly pine needles and light banana. Lightly alcoholic and acidic finish with lasting bitter and salty metal. I really like Stone. Another thumbs up.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear, golden pour with very little head. Complex aroma of bitter hops, spice, fruity esters, banana and a touch of sweet candi sugar. Powerful flavor that starts fairly sweet with some fruit and spice that fades to bitter hop finish. Interesting beer with a lot going on in both aroma and flavor.
TOSG55 (215) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (bought at a Whole Foods for $8.08, ha). Pours a clear yellow-orange with a slight head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and American hops. The flavor is complex: it starts out with flavors typical of a Belgian Strong Ale (though with more malt sweetness and less pronounced yeastiness), then the bitter American hops begin to dominate. The aftertaste is bready, and slightly soapy. The mouthfeel is unremarkable, without the creaminess of most Belgian Strong ales. This is certainly a more interesting beer than last year’s incarnation of the Vertical Epic, but not as enjoyable of one.
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Stone bistro. Poured hazy golden amber. Nose had a fresh pininess with bright floral hops and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Taste is of nice fresh hops, with a insane spiciness, with a nice Belgian accents. I’d say it’ll hit it’s peak in about 4 years. Excellent brew!!!