Reid (2623) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Ok the "big guy" for tonight the 03/03/03.
Pours a nice rich brown with a lovelly off white creamy head that lingers quite some time..very good.
How can I explain but the aroma of this beer is truelly wonderful stuff..its rich yet sweet and sherbety..very spicy..malty just great.
A lovelly well balanced taste yes there is sweetness..but its balanced very well..quite "spicy" good belgian style here.
exceptional in every way on the taste buds..
very very drinkable brew i love this.
I was told when i bought it..it would be even better cellared for 6 months..think i will buy a few more to cellar.. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Wow. Copper color with a tannish head. Excellent. Caramel flavors. Raisiny. Full bodied. Enjoyable. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malt, coriander and peppers. A full bodied ale. This beer is a frelling flavor fest. Malts are bold, slightly sweet and very smooth. It is not very hoppy, which is very unusual for a Stone Brew. But there are plenty of spices to balance it out; coriander, peppers (!), some fruits (apricots and cherries) and a touch of peat and smoke. Very smooth taste. Aging will only make this beer much better. Hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with some peppery tones. Etched Beer bottle. BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2003
This is an awesome beer. Very "belgian like" and quite delicious. The pepper is quite apparent and most awesome. I've had two of these already, with many cellared. The second was better than the first, and I expect it only to get better with age. Hoppy, delicious and wonderful...combines my favorite belgian style with Stone's famous hoppy character. gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
this is my first crack at a belgian strong ale, and its excellent. pours a redish brown with little head. flavor is very fruity rasins, apples, plums, maybe a little bananna. very malty but also has a good hop kick to it. this is great now and will definatly get better with age. i will definatly have to use that homebrew recipe.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
What a standout! We happened to have 3 of these at our own tasting and it was the hands-down champ. Amber color with a mellow head (for a Belgian), great aromas of malt, corriander, and spice. Very smooth considering the hop content; balanced and full bodied: bread, malt, and a lightly herbal hoppiness that is only barely perceptible. A pleasant, lingering finish that borders on spicy encourages a minute or two between tastes. 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. Uglyradio (790) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2003
Pours a dark, clear brown color with a medium sized, off-white head that dissipates and leaves a thin film of foam on top of the beer. The aroma is malty and bready, with lots of banana notes and hints of spices. Full body with medium carbonation, the flavor is sweet and malty up front with some spice and banana notes. The finish is slightly bitter from the hops with just a tad bit of alcohol present. For some reason, this reminds me of banana bread. It definitely resembles a Belgian double ale, but the hops really make the difference. This is great now, will it be better aged? I guess we will see. mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
Spicy sweet,mild fruity aroma.Sparkling ruby tan appearance.Fruity bitter flavor with creamy coriander and ginger emerging as it warms.Lingering mild pepper,licorice spiced orange tea finish.A fantastic Stone beer thats not blasted with hops. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Deep, dark, rustic mahoganey in color with an inch high luscious, rich, puffy thick, ivory colored frothy head, great sticking thickly stringed lace. Nice aroma of toffee and dark fruits with a note of nuts and spice. Taste is complex, smooth, rich full bodied, and quite yummy, good dark toffee and caramel candy sense, dark fruits of plum, raisin, and orange. Solid grab and feel of balanced hops in the middle right into the lightly dancing bitter drying finish with a hint of nuts, spice, and alcohol. Good full body feel with awesome smoothness and lingering light tang in the mouth after each sip. This is is some great stuff, yummy as hell, and to hell with waiting to open this brew, live now, its worth it!