Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Pleasing brown pour with little head. Sweet, candy-like nose. Sweet malt in the taste, slightly bitter finish. This could be a lot better with aging. Next bottle purchased will be thrown in the closet for some time. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Nice ruby brown. Good, but fading, head. Not much aroma, just faintly of malt. Good malty flavor, fades into bitterness, followed by a refreshing burst of peppery spiciness. Interesting, but I couldn't get into it. I'll probably get another bottle to put aside for the epic. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Beer pours much darker than the 020202 with big fluffy head that mostly dissipates. There is heavy lacing. The aroma is as advertised dubble-ish with more emphasis on malt along with nice yeastiness. Both in the flavor and aroma there is no hint of the 9% ABV. Where did they hid the stuff? Anyway, this is a nice belgian style, not up to the standard set by the 020202. Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Love this ale.Have one in the cellar for a later date to be determined.Dark amber color with a small bubbly head. Nice complexity of flavors(plum,raisin,grape and caramel)all are tasted on the mouth.Rather smooth for the ABV.Flavors get better as it warms.Finishes with a long warming feel. brownaler (706) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Ok, so this is my first Stone brew, so I'm not familiar with what else they have. It has a dark amber appearence and a nutty taste, similar to a brown ale.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
I would like to try this one again when I can get a little more appreciation for the taste. I just had a sample of a friends, but what I had I really enjoyed. I could get a small feeling for the complexities this one has, very doughy, biscuity, with some corriander, figs, plums and grapes, that all turn out to be very spicy. This one is definitely better to drink when it is warm. hotstuff (5258) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2003
This is a sipping beer due to the high ABV, and what a way to start off the weekend!!This beer had a medium sized tan head that consisted of medium sized bubbles that fully diminished.The body was cloudy and carbonated with a brown hue.The nose consisted of malts, hops and alcohol.It had an alcohol flavor and was a bit acidic as well.The mouthfeel was tingly, bubbly, smooth, light bodied with a watery texture to it.It had a fair amount of lacing to it.An enjoyable drink for sure. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2003
This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized light brown mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a transparent slightly dark brown colored uncarbonated body. It has a very nice roasted caramel nose with a vinuous slightly bubbly mouthfeel that finishes with a mild lingering hop bite. The flavor is that of alcohol and caramel malts with mild spices. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Aroma is full of buiscuts, yeast, dark fruit, corriander and spice. Alcohol is detectable in the flavor as well as some ripe fruit. This one develops in complexities immensly as it approaches room temperature. I need to get another one for 2012! Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, dense tiny/small particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of coriander, clove, and banana. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Doesn't hold a candle to the 02.02.02, unfortunately.