Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bomber pours very dark with a lasting mocha colored head of foam. The aroma seems modest in strength offering up various winter spices as well as to a lesser extent malt and candi sugar like sweetness. Man! The taste is vibrant and bold with various spicy notes and Belgian candi sugar and then it turns into a mix of maybe ginger and cinnamon to midway. The brash spiciness seems like it will be off-putting but the sweetness and candi sugar sensation somehow manage to keep this thing from coming apart at the seams. At times it seems to be pushing me away but then it pulls me right back. I’m liking this.
Art (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill
Pours very dark with cinnamon and nutmeg. Alcohol and bitter taste.
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NikkTwist (1920) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Khyber. Opaque ruby black pour with a large foamy tan head. Runny lace. Tons of dark malt here. Motor oil. Tailpipe. Burnt coffee grounds. Kerosene. Cigarette ash. Wood stain. Shoe polish. Raisin pie. Black jelly beans. Medium body. Feels surprisingly juicy, though not at all creamy. Heady alcohol. Lingering bitter finish. An oily horrible, wonderful black hole.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, black, nice light brown head which fades. Aroma is spiced roast with relatively mild hopping (for a stone.) Flavor is in the same vein. It’s been a couple of days since I’ve had this, but I wanted to report my overall impression of its being fairly weak due to the spicing.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a very dark color with red highlights and a moderately full, tan, dense, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace rings. The nose is like opening a baking spice rack; allspice, cinnamon, orange peel, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, etc., etc., some banana, and some toasty and spicy notes. The flavor is similar to begin with the nutmeg, toasted caramel, clove, toffee, but dry earthy, minerally notes dry out the flavor like eating dry spices; a bit hard to get used to for the style. The palate is decent for the beer despite the dryness; less than lively, more than moderate, velvety, and coating. The finish bone dry, still caramelly, dry spices, spicy cinnamon, and a rare lingering bitterness. I don’t know where to begin with this one, totally different from anything you will try in this style, but that is Stone’s thing. The spicing was overwhelming and over the top but only became overbearing by the dryness of the finish. Different and unusual but not Stone’s best work.
Sregnar35 (1020) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the abbey. Pours very dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Flavor is very spicy, like cinnamon and ginger snap cookies, warm and nice.
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vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish-black with slight head. Lots going on in the nose, ginger, cinnamon. Very fragrant. Drinks smoothly as expected with all of the spices plus raisins and then a dry finish.
bb (7306) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light brown head. Malt and spice aroma. Malt and toffee flavor with spice. Medium bodied. Malt and toffee linger with spice and yeast. Light cocoa throughout.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is roast malt, cinnamon, ginger, and other spices. Flavor is big spice, cinnamon, clove, a little roast malt and some dark fruit. Very dry with the spiciness throwing this out of balance.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Am I the only person who thinks this tastes like a steak marinade? Pours near black, no head, almost no nose. Flavor is herbal with a little spice and reminds me of A-1 Steak sauce. The hell, Stone? Are you too good to make an abbey ale like a good abbey?