wlajwl (4621) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is Belgian yeast, very light bubblegum and spices. The flavor is fruit, medium smoke/heat, malts and a tart/alcoholic finish.
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is about contrasting flavor profiles balanced really well. Traditional belgian esters of the saison, the hearty malts and booze of an imperial ale, and the smokiness from the cherrywood all come forward clearly. Tartness, vanilla, booze, candi sugar, and smoke balance cohesively to bring an unexpected and enjoyable beer.
Fatehunter (1647) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours two and half fingers of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is light and airy. Smoke and floral. Nice.
The taste felt like a collision of heavy smoke and dormant lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It’s a tough marriage of smoke and saison, which results in an aggressive flavor profile.
thornecb (4825) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep gold into a tulip. White head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing to pancake surface. Sour smoke aromas. Crisp with sweet caramel and hay upfront turning to sour summer fruit and smoke in the dry, warming (but little indication of the abv) lasting finish.
Thewade (340) - USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Split bomber with a friend. Very "biscuity" IMO and slightly overdone by the smoke makes this somewhat of an extreme brew to sip down. ABV is well hidden, and I appreciate Stone for this different take on a saison. I probably won’t buy another, but enjoyed splitting a bomber.
574deadzone (1211) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear yet slightly hazy orange golden with a thick eggshell foam that settles to a ring and leaves some spotty, soapy lace. Nose involves tart yeast, some citrus, green apple, clove spice, and eventually some wood smoke appears as it warms a bit. Fairly sweet, quite tart, with some bitterness. Medium to light bodied, active, slick, with a lengthy wood-smoke and tart finish. Alcohol shows up occasionally. A pretty cool brew, definitely built to share, which I did not do unfortunately. The smoke is pretty light, and the tartness really dominates.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better Stone beers of late and a fitting tribute for one of their own. Has a restrained touch of smokiness. The saison is also there and allowed to shine plus the darkness of the malts adds a layer as well. Well balanced and with a kick of alcohol too.
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Tap ][ Stone Liberty Station ][ 5oz ][ Red Wine Taster ][ $2 ][ 2/2/14 ]
>> Clear golden pour, weaker foam. Nose is mild skunk from the sun sitting outside today, floral, sweet ham. Taste has a sweet ham and smoke flavor with bright flowers and zest. Nice acid backend with orange juice. Really interesting.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse. Pours a clear reddish orange, little to no head. Aroma pleasant, fruity, just a tinge of smoke. Body is another story entirely. Woody, smoky, boozy, yeast kind of lost. Nothing subtle at all. Appreciate the effort but not my cup of tea.
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Stone Liberty Station. Clear golden orange pour with a white head. Slight skunk on the nose with lots of sweet floral notes, some smoke, banana, and apple. Some sweet bread and a touch of yeast. Slight tartness of fruit and flowers on the palate. Some banana, tart pear, and a lot of apple. Subtle smoke, some caramel, and bread. Nice citrus peel and lemon on the finish.