TempeCoyote (63) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2014
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Light with an incredibly thin head. Aroma of funky saison style yeast and light smoke. But the taste is way overboard smokey. Awful, even if you were expecting smoke flavor. The idea sounded good but the smoke just overpowered everything. Can't even finish a half glass poured off this bomber.
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blutt59 (6167) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, hazed orange yellow pour with white foam, has a slight smoke and fruit aroma, flavor is fruity with balance of wood and cherries, some flowers, smoke, nice finish
jh773 (223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/19/14: Bottle date unknown. Pretty sweet. Fruit (mostly apple), bread, some funk. A little smoke in the nose, though slightly clinical. Good carbonation. Pretty decent.
5/11/15: Bottled 12/31/13. Very thin head, light carbonation. Smell is cider, apple jam, some yeast, a bit of spice. Taste is slightly bitter, intense sweet spiced apple and yeast flavors with lots of charred woody character. Finish is nicely complex and abrupt. Really interesting beer from Stone.
ryecatcher (959) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy, pale gold, medium white head with okay retention and lacing. Nose is mildly funky, fruity, some grass, earthiness, toasty bread. Mouth is medium bodied, creamy, leads in a bit sweet, then goes slightly tart, then bitter. Green apples, hay, bread dough, yeasty spice, touch of cloves, soap. Actually pretty complex. Not sure how pronounced it was a year ago when it was bottled, but there’s so little in the way of smokiness (...and that’s definitely not a bad thing in my book...) it would’ve been completely lost in a malty or funkier beer. Matt sounds like he was one hell of a cool guy and I obviously can’t speak for him, but if someone did this beer as a tribute to me, I would be touched.
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber given to me 13 months ago by my sister-in-law as a birthday gift. Pours a slightly hazed (unusual for a Stone beer) sunset-orange hue with two fingers of off-white foam. AROMA of a lovely sticky fruity sweetness, honey, typical saison yeast, light caramel, light spice, but only a tiny bit of perceptible smoke on the back end. FLAVOR of quite sweet overripe stone fruit, juicy apple, honey malts, Belgian yeast, with some subtle but definitely noticeable smokiness on the back end. The smoke is certainly subtle but makes itself known at the very end of the finish, blending in smoothly. The huge ABV is very well concealed here...actually drinks very easily (a little dangerous). Perhaps the rauch element has mellowed with the year of aging, but I find that style-wise, this is much more saison than smoked...I would suggest that it be re-classified here on RateBeer. (527, 952)
rederic (3203) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, golden honey color, with a frothy white head, nice fruity belgian saison yeast, mild honeyed pale, toasted,caramunich, smoked malty nose, with some candied lemon, grapefruit peel, woody cherrywood tree branch chip, faint fruity cherry accents, and a light herbal floral leafy, grassy, citrus hop, spicy, spritzy, subtle lemon candyish lollipop note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with nice warmth fruity saison yeasty, honeyed pale, toasted, caramunich, pilsener, smoked malt, smokey cherrywood chip, light mild wood cherry, faint spritzy, spicy lemon pepper, orange, lemon zest character, with a light herbal flowery leafy, grassy, citrus hop, faint honey, lemon candyish lollipop, lemon pie crust flavour, leading towards a warming honeyed pale, pilsener, caramunich, toasted, smoked maltiness, spritzy fruity, citrus, spicy saison yeastiness, light lingering leafy, grassy, citrus hop bitterness, candied lemon, orange peel fruitiness finish.
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer has a hazy golden color with a medium head. Aroma of fruit and some sweetness with a little smoke. Taste has citrus, yeast and a small amount of smoke. Slight bitterness on the end,
GranvilleTim (1776) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden yellow pour w/ an off-white head. Aroma is light fruit, malt, light smoke. Taste is creamy, Belgian yeast, fruity, light smoke,. Goes down so smoothly. All the flavors meld together for a tasty drink.
Lagerboy (1508) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Almost clear orange, fading off-white foam. Yeasty fruity aroma, faint smoke. Taste is bitter tangy fruity Belgian yeast, a bit floral, woody, some smoke, slick and boozy. Flatter carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Original and interesting, cheers to Matt!🍻 DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
CObiased (102) - - FEB 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird but delicious. Aroma is full of smoke, light fruit, biscuit and yeasty wheat. Unique flavors meld smoke, sweet wheat and light fruity yeast. Nice carbonation, light body and layered flavors.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2869) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am finally getting around to trying this Imperial Cherrywood Smoked Saison. First glass I served in a snifter as I wasn’t too sure which way to classify it - strong beer? saison? smoked? It poured a gleaming copper gold, very much like an IPA but the nose while full of fruity hops is blessed with that subtle smokiness from the cherrywood. Soft and fragant best describes this aroma. The body is spritzy like seltzer water but you get a hearty dose of saison funk(much more than I ever got in their Stone Saison) counterbalanced by cherries and smoke like a campfire BBQ. I am not sure how this was fresh but right now the flavors are superbly balanced and I am getting the saison, cherry & smoke in perfect harmony. Top Knotch, one of the better Stone beers I’ve had. Plus you’d honestly never think this was 10.5%!