radagast83 (5377) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a dark amber color with a small light-tan head. Aroma was yeasty, hoppy, touch of alcohol, slight sweet notes. Flavor was yeasty and hoppy, Tad heavy, but actually pretty darn good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at RBWG. The pour yields a hazy, dark golden-orange amber body with a small, swirly head of off-white foam. There’s some wet sheeting that shows on the glass, leaving behind small, rounded spots of runny lace. The nose is a little grainy, strongly suggesting cereal in the malt base, with notes of caramelized biscuit, gummy fruit, and faded citrus hops. Belgian yeast adds some estery, airy spice elements. Flavors are primarily sweet up front, again showing caramelized grain, biscuit malt, bread, and various stewed orchard fruits. Hints of sherry-like oxidation seem out of place, and hops again seem somewhat faded and lacking juiciness, despite the bitter finish. Yeast mostly lends bready tendencies and some fruity spice. Medium-full in body, the palate sports moderate carbonation and a smooth consistency that is slightly drier than the standard version of the beer. Still, alcohol is too apparent. I found this one to be a little strange overall. I’m not a big fan of the Belgian yeast in this recipe.
GT2 (9166) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured a clear deep amber with a massive, off-white rocky head with excellent retention and giant lacing. Nose is thyme, sage, white pepper, sweat, old hops, toffee, malt husk. Taste is spicy, perfumey, bitter. Dry moving to oily mouthfeel.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover. pours a clear copper with a creamy, off-white head and great lacing. aroma is awesome with cool juxtaposition of belgian tripel notes of citrus, banana esters, clove, and cinnamon with the heavy, sweet barley wine notes of toffee, piney hops, caramel malts, and orange pulp. flavor is a definite "wow" with great complexity provided by the sweet belgian yeast, spicey clove, cedar, and pine esters with citrusy hops, toffee malts, and warm booze on the back end. palate is full bodied, dry, yeasty, and slightly spicy with a bitter, mildly sweet finish. overall, a great, unique, barley that i went back for seconds for because it was so deliciously different.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum.
Amber/brown with some haze and a medium head. Aroma of dark fruit, some spiciness. Medium bodied with a bitter, musty finish.
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring from their booth at BCTC. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white head. Malty and spicy, Belgian yeast, peppery. Medium bodied, creamy, sweet malt. Spicy peppery yeast, tart grapefruit, esters and quinine. Neat.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap during Chicago’s Stone Week. Pours clouded amber with a creamy head Belgian yeast red fruits n malts in the nose. Sweetness and bitter pine is balanced well. Lots of fruit slightly sour but solid. 8/4/8/4/15 3.9
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at TND: A muddy, mixed up aroma of Belgian yeast, hops, light Brett, slight oak, and slight vanilla. Poured copper/orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of Brett, alcohol, hops, Belgian yeast, oak, and vanilla.Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Light Brett, Belgian yeast, hops, malt, and oak finish is dry. 11.2%ABV is noticeable but well hidden.
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BCTC, draft. Medium beige head atop hazy dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some Belgian yeast, light grapefruit/straw. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, Belgian yeast, straw, some alcohol/vinous. Medium-full body, some Belgian yeast dryness.
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[BCTC 2010] Hazy red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, citrus, dark fruits, floral hops, caramel malts, spices, and alcohol. Taste of more cherry with more Belgian spices, caramel, citrus fruits, pine, grass, and some alcohol in the finish.