legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Very nice. I guess my sample is about 18 months old now nad it has held up well. Minimal head. Lots of spice in the palate. Very "full" feeling on the tongue. The aocohol has not diminished though in one year. My head will hurt tomorrow- but don’t cry for me. I will survive. hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
Pours dark amber with an off white head. Citric, fruity, hoppy slight phenolic nose. Sweet, fruity and slight chocolatey flavour. Great bitterness. Stone has done it again.....another excellent beer. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 Courtesy of Tom at Monk’s Cafe.
Aroma is a little dank cellar, also white fruits with hints of malt and grains. Color is a rich red tinted brown. Head is mostly diminishing and quickly settles into a bubbly wisp of an affair. Flavor is nutty and caramel tinged in the fore. Fruity and candy sweet in the middle. Finish is quite spicy and leaves a lingering bite well into the far aftertaste. This is unusual and quite good. This couldn’t have been easy to brew and balance. I’d say it has aged quite nicely. That lingering spiciness is very nice. I like a beer I can still taste an hour after it is all gone. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Tap @ Stone winter Storm 1/28/08, shared with bikesandbeer and my girlfriend Cyn. Pours orange and brown with a tan head. Nose is malty and sweet. Taste is sweet ruddy and tasty. Pretty nice. Re-rate a bottle from Greg Koch @ RBSG. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2003
Bottle at Stone. Pours a murky cloudy amber, with a thick ring of lacing on the glass, and creamy head. Big strong caramel in the nose, with apricot, biscuit, vanilla wafer, and just a ton of spices. Flavor has caramel, brown sugar, molasses, sweet creamy malts, vanilla, some slight chocolate and a fair amount of roasted malts. Soft body, feels like a barley wine, smooth and still refreshing and drinkable after 5 years. Enjoyed it a lot.
(4/15/03): Hazy copper body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, spicy (coriander) and malty. Taste is malty, sweet, coriander spicy, pine hoppy, and slightly smokey. Fairly light body. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Well-balanced yummiful beer! Bought a whole case, so I'm gonna have fun drinking one of these each year. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 A highly excited licorice bubblegum pulse yields sweet coriander cells...Agglutinated, they ward off almost all invading hops, save a few cones huddled within a cinnamon and black pepper clot...Throbbing and syrupy mandarines evoke a new flavor of cotton candy...A little more togetherness ans subtlety would carry it near to Abbaye des Rocs grandeur... dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2003
Deep ruby , cloudy , sweet, big malty fruity flavors, some type of berries, finish is slightly bitter. Very enjoyable, can't wait for next years. illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Pours a dark orange-gold, with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is huge caramel with ripe dark fruit. Flavor is a subdued mealy maltiness, with caramel, cold coffee, and the tannic remains of old hops. The coriander and pepper are still very apparent. A nicely mellowed beer.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Bottle from jazz88 near the entrance of the 09 Grand Tasting. Nose is dark malt, oxidization, light spice. Flavor is very like a dubbel, though I missed the hops and pepper - not a surprise after 6 years. I must say, there might be more interest in the grand vertical if every edition aged this well.