BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy brown. No head. Sweet malt. Caramel. Dark fruit. Nice Ferris (15275) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Bottle - Vintage ?? - Sweet honey, apricot and spicy. Cloudy brown and orange with no head. Orange, apricot, spicy and yeast. Sweet and thick, very nice. driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Aged bottle. Tough to give details... just to say, wow: everything I hope for in a well aged belgian strong. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Not to date myself, but I graduated HS in 2003. I had no idea what craft beer was. I certainly knew nothing of a brewery in California called Stone. We’ve all had out experiences with Stone. I think a big part of the craft beer journey is coming to terms with your relationship with Stone. Stone is what it is. But this. . . this is a 10 year old beer. There are a lot of people in the beer world who mistakenly believe that beer should be aged. I think this, this beer, while maybe not the start of this bizarre phenomenon, but it began popularizing it.
It pours a clear brownish with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is muted with tons of oxidation. Text book oxidation right here. But, really, what could you expect? Flavor is cardboard, nondescript sweetness, some odd apricot notes. Medium bodied, finishes with lots of oxidation. Is it my fault for drinking it? Is it their fault for pouring it? who knows. ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES; July 3, ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass. Bought an extra to cellar.
A: Roasted malt, maple syrup, chocolate, flowers, gingerbread.
A: Very murky looking ruby brown color. What little head there was recedes to a ring around the edge of the pour.
T: Follows the nose with Belgian yeast strain present, bready, spice notes and metallic off-flavors.
P: Nice malt/hop balance, lean mouth-feel, tart notes, some alcohol burn, a nice hop bite to the finish, peppery finish.
O: I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as the 02-02-02 and I’m scared to death to try it in December ’12.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Spicy and sugary. No hops or pepper, probably faded out a while ago. Still a great beer, and stoked to have the opportunity to try it. kathouse (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Medium brown with a creamy head. Belgian spice and chocolate aromas. Strong spice, toasted malt, and caramel flavors finish dry. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour was brown, pretty malty, no carbonation. Not bad, but the age definitely affected this. portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured orange little hazy soft white head that left faint thin film. Aroma has some fruity yet vegetable and oxidized malt/yeast. Taste was more the same with some hidden fruit character. Palate slick and dry. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bomber at RBSG. Too damn old. Vegetable soup all over this beer. Not as good, I’m sure, as in it’s prime.