BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Reddish brown appearance, decent head formation. Sweet minty aroma with orange, cloves and coriander. If anything it's clearly well spiced. there's plenty of malt on the palate, but the orangey freshness certainly takes over, showing more of the minty flavors from the aroma in the middle. Dries like burnt toast towards the end with a touch of bitterness and coffee in the finish. Maybe a little too short in the finish. Worked excellently with brie cutting through the sourness. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Quite a bit of spice, clove and Belgian character in the nose already. Beer is a dark amber color with a medium head that fades fast. Beer has a lot of character and is very fresh, indeed, it would probably be best consumed in some time, maybe at the end of this decade. Bit different than the other hoppier beers from Stone. Well crafted. sloth (2955) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Pretty tan head, Hazey brown color with orange hues. Spicey, coriander, citrusy nose with some apple notes also. Full/medium body, great mouthfeel. The coriander flavors are fairly predominant. The roasted malt flavors work well with the spices. A nice lace hangs on the sides of my tasting glass. Fruity, slightly citrus notes (coriander?) are nice. The roastiness and some caramel come into play moreso as it warms. Alcohol i s fairly subdued. Finish is dry, slightly roasty with a pleasing spicey aftertaste. Not sure about the hops though? An ibteresting project this Epic series is. Hope i can obtain the rest of the series as time goes on. Would love to get some of the 02 version. I believe the 03 will get better with age.
Enjoy! Stone! 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. JPDIPSO (6298) - 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.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Interesting for Stone. A nice "Belgian" aromatic brew. Great lace. Moderate mouthfeel with balanced maltiness and hop/spice profile. A nice quaffable brew welcome anytime. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2004
Bottle. Color is a nice amber. Aroma is excellent with fig, raison, spice, and malt. The taste reminds me of a dark belgian double. Nice dry malt with spice and pepper. The pepper really comes on strong at the finish. Good stuff. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2005
First of all I would like to say bravo to Stone Brewing. These guys are great in my opinion. The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick head which disolves quickly. The head still has a nice whiteness around the edge of my Westvleteren glass. There is a lot of yeast in the pour resulting in a lot of carbonation. The aroma is complex. I get orange peel, fruits, wine, raisin and caramel. The taste is orange overall with some pepper, wine and caramel. This beer becomes more like beers such as the Westy 8, V12 and Chimay Bleu. You get elements of those three beers plus the added orange. Very interesting brew from Stone Brewing. chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Huge thanks to elnadeau for breaking out this beauty on our pilot homebrew session. A very nice well rounded and complex belgian beauty with excellent balance. Hops are subdued (especially for stone), mouthfeel is pleasant with enough carbonation to yield a bit of bite to the tongue. An elegant beer. yespr (48895) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 Sample from bottle at Ølbaren thanks to Martin. Pours orange. Aroma is caramelly malt, some yeast and fruit notes. Taste is caramel malty and with a touch of yeast and fruit. Short finish.7-4-7-3-14=3.5
From bottle, blind #5, courtesy of thewolf. Pours dark orange with a small off-white head. Dry wooden and wet cardboardish aroma. Light spiced. Roasted caramel, wooden, spiced and slight herbal base flavoured. Bitter and spiced flavoured finish.8-4-8-4-17=4.1