JPDIPSO (6296) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Dark amber to tan color with a light tan. Heavy malt, dark fruit and mild alcohol aroma. This is a malt monster. Heavy malt flavors from the start. Some light spice mid to late in the quaff. Finishes quick and sweep the sweetness out of sight and a light pepper linger. This one will age with the obvious belgian yeast. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Wow what a great beer.A nice reddish brown color with some head.The alcohol was hidden well at 1st but it did creep up on u.Kinda spicy on the tounge as it warmed ur belly.Would love to get more of this. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
MMM good. Interesting with the yeast mix. I'm not so sure it will last nine years like they want. Found a stash in a local liquor store in October. bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours an amber brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and flavor have a nice spice combination with high malt and a touch of the hops. Slightly boring - I expected better from Stone, but it is still an above average beer. jimhilt (2633) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Pours a four-fingered faint brown head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Nose is a honey raisin. Hints of alcohol. Starts sweet and raisiny, finishes crisp with raisin. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Their site lists the ABV at 8.2%. $8.19 for a 22oz bottle.
steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
peppery little brew. more like a belgian strong ipa. bittersweet. faint fruits. a bit of alcohol unmasked, but that's ok with me. i'd drink another. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Oct., 2003 (couldn't wait more than two days with one of these in my possession): Thick, deep and dark amber. Cooked molasses / alcohol nose; inviting. Soft and smooth mouthfeel with some real weight to it, especially when it's warm. Richly malted and very roasted. Woodsy, with a brown sugar sweetness. Hoppy fo' shizzle, but not compared to its big malts. Still, nicely balanced. Can't say that any "harsh flavors will mellow out with time," as there really aren't any; it's pretty damn good now. I can only wonder how much better "great" can taste with time. Food pairing: this beer really tasted good with some of my Halloween Milk Duds ... screw the kids. Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Deep red color with medium light brown head. Fairly rich malt flavor and some hop bitterness. Medium body. I didn't have the patience to let it cellar, but that would definitely improve the beer's flavor. heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Attractive coriander aroma, weird atop a ruby-colored beer, with a touch of hops. Deep harsh bitterness cuts through the full body and the heaps of spices. May be quite a bit better after these spices and hops settle down. Wow that alligator pepper is spicy. Fun in an arrogant sort of way... (Thanks Slikwily) bigbeersrule (115) - USA - OCT 1, 2003
Rather dark and still young. Would benefit from a year or two of aging as most Belgians do. A surprising Pepper flavor that I didnt like to much. A big beer that will age well though. I stashed a couple of bottles away and will drink them years down the road.