PanMarek (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy, golden, slightly reddish appearance with very thick and persistent head. Malty start that gives way to a tart/sweet cherry flavor. The smokiness eventually follows. It finishes with a pronounced alcohol burn. A challenging beer and very good.
Mears (72) - - DEC 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Matt. That's my name. So I had to try it. Stone hits a home run. It's great.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with slightly lighter edges and a two finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.
Slightly smoky aroma with an earthy wood character thatís nicely integrated into the saison elements. I was worried that it would overpower everything but itís pretty delicate with hints of wood, charcoal, grilled meat and liquid smoke countered by peppery spice, funky farmhouse yeast and crisp light fruit. Smoke and wood character along with pepper, coriander, grassy, spicy hops, musty funk and bread/yeast. Light fruit sweetness with hints of strawberry and cream, rhubarb, apple and pear. Subtle booziness. As a big fan of smoke beers I kind of wanted more in the nose but the aroma is nicely balanced with a decent amount of saison character. Smells pretty good.
Medium body with tight carbonation but the mouthfeel is pretty soft and delicate. The beechwood smoked malts are a bit stronger than in the aroma but this beer is still decently balanced with nice saion flavors. Slightly dry with lingering delicate smoke flavor giving off hints of burnt wood, charcoal, bacon BBQ, liquid smoke and subtle peat. Really nice smoke flavor along with some charred wood thatís reminiscent of some of the lighter schlenkerla offerings. Smoke and wood are prominent and although this is stronger than the aroma suggests, itís not completely overpowering. Saison notes are slightly muted but thereís still a strong peppery spice presnce and subtle farmhouse funk. Dry brett character shows a bit more as it warms but itís somewhat faint. The peppery spice compliments the smoke/wood and is followed by bread, yeast and light fruit sweetness. A touch of citrus along with apricot, grapefruit and apple. Some boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is excellently masked making this well balanced beer dangerously drinkable. Has more smoke than the aroma, which I like, but the saison characteristics could be a bit stronger. Otherwise itís really solid experimental take in the style.
Jabah (339) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this aged a year, so perhaps the flavor developed a bit. A complex strong Belgian ale. Aroma & flavor is smokey and light tart cherry, with some wheat and yeast in there. Also getting some sweet citrus in there. Not overly carbonated and bubbly like a lot of other saisons. Has a medium orange appearance. Alcohol bite well hidden for 10.5%. Iíd like to find this again and try aging around 3 years.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ratiing #1299 21.10.2014 Stone launch @craftbeeryeg. Pours a golden colour with a minimal white head that fades quickly. Distinct smoky aroma with a mild funk Very unique body, medium alcohol warmth, predominant smokiness on the palate tempered with the dry, yeast character of the saison. Alcohol well balanced for 10.5%.
weihenweizen (2893) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy orange and little white head. Aroma is medium body, medium body, and no lacing. Taste is smoke and some cherries.
ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle drunk April 2014.
Huge off-white head slowly recedes to cover atop an amber-auburn liquid that is clear and very carbonated.
Candy-like sweetness in the nose shows very minimal smoke, but quite a good deal of vanilla, peach, caramel and sourdough. Some light woodiness seems mostly lost in the malt, with alcohol quite exuberant on the end.
Sweet, syrupy, ultra-carbonated and with very minimal smokiness. Rather, itís light phenolic notes from the woodsmoke and yeast, with tons of fruitiness (cherries, oranges, apples) and even more maltiness. Alcohol certainly comes forth with warming. Not one of their worst but.....
teorn88 (5743) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle from BD Camden, London. It pours an unclear rich golden color with small white head. Aroma is grassy, flowery and lightly funky, with some citrus, spices, light ashes and esters. Taste is funky and yeasty, medium sweet with light beech wood smoke, tart cherries, floral notes. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a tulip.
3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a good bit of lacing is left.
4.25 S: The nose is aggressive, complex, and interesting as hell. The cherrywood comes through super strong, but surprisingly itís more fresh than smoked. Persimmon, wildflowers, honey, peaches, lemon, straw, and peppery Belgian yeast. I like it quite a bit.
4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, except it may be even stronger. Wildflowers, honey, lemon, peach. The yeast offers a great deal of pepper and a few hints of clove. Funky straw with hints of earthiness. Again the cherrywood is interesting and makes this brew one to live for.
4.0 M: Medium body. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Active on the tongue and super smooth.
4.25 D: Iím not often impressed by Stone, but this is a damn good beer. I think Iíll be buying another one.
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DavoleBomb, Mar 30, 2014
scirtes (362) - POLAND - SEP 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark yellow / light amber with nice white head and beautiful lacing. Aromas of sweet fruits, apricots, and only hints of smoked malts. Very sweet, with well hidden alcohol, with some phenolic notes. quite good, although could be more smoked.