mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 9, 2005
I stepped into this trepidaciously...the "no spices" claim on the lable helped ease my worries a bit...and I was pleasantly surprised...Its actually a passable, even better, dark strong made in America! Malt and yeast mix nicely for some fair complexity...I await the pouring of more of this brew. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Beautiful dark clear mahogany with a thick beige head. Aroma of clove, banana, roastiness and plenty of hops. Flavor has notes of plums, raisins, cherries, yeast, clove, banana, spiciness, floral hops, caramel, roasted/toasted malt and a little chocolate in the background. Pleasantly sweet, some hop bitterness at the end as it warms. A little alcohol detected in the finish. Medium-full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Great head retention. I really enjoyed this one. Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Au Spirit Haus, MA. Bière corpulente et bien balancée. Très épicée. Alcool, raisin, maltée : voluptueuse. Corps superbe. Très bonne bière. Mousse généreuse. Dogbrick (13777) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Why wait? This stuff is good NOW. Not like I’ll ever find the 02.02.02 anyway. The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a thick and foamy beige head. Thick and sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, spice (what? there are no spices in this beer?) and raisin. Rich body with an immediately noticeable Belgian character. Yeast, spices and malt are prevalent, along with a bit of fruit in the background. The finish is spiced and hoppy. Definitely the best VE I have tried so far. TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Bottle. Densely packed microbubbles seem long lasting atop this copper behemoth. Nose is rich and lively. Dark fruits, light smokiness, exotic spices, light bubblegum, yeast, and wafts of alcohol permeate the air. Taste is very fruity and yeasty. More light smoke notes, roasty malts, light cocoa, black cherries and raisins, robust spiciness, and earthy hops. Body is moderately carbonated and at times creamy with a lingering dryness. Finishes with an abundance of dark ripened fruits, yeast, earthy hops, light spices, thinned dark chocolate and mild roasty notes. Excellent!
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
I’m thinking this probably isn’t the best beer to be rating three or four days after it’s release. I think this beer would be better off after a few years or so. Anyways, it is a decent darkish beer with a solid aroma, and very belgian like in a lot of ways. It is a lot better then last years release, which is good, but I would say that this is a step above the the regular releases from stone. Hopefully I’ll remember to rerate this in a few years when I crack open one of the few bottles I got. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a large fluffy beige head that mostly diminished. Aroma is dominated by sweet molasses maltiness and spicy, dark bready yeasts. The alcohol is subtle but noticible among the dark fruits and other scents. Flavor is best for me when room temp, sweet, fruity and spicy like a mulled hard cider with raisins, prunes and a splash of brandy poured over thick, yeasty bread. Medium to full body and creamy carbonation. I like this one now, but I’m looking forward to experiencing it as it ages and mellows a bit. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Re-rate 5-9-05. After having another one I have to say this is growing on me.Starting to suggest a cross between Rochefort and Hacker Pschorr Weiss Bock. Odd, but it works. Original rating-Chestnut colored brew raising a 1/2 inch tan head. Nose is yeasty with some alcohol heat. First sip makes me think of a juiced up hefe, all banana and clove. then it settles into some rich maltinesss that doesnt quite fill things out. Almost like a rochefort light. Still a decent brew that should make it another 7 years(hopefully). ragesaq (72) - Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Appearance: Nearly opaque dark ruby red, you can just barely see through it if you hold it up in front of a light. A moderate offwhite head, mild lacing.
Aroma: A light candied plum, a dash of spices, belgian yeast, light roasted malts.
Flavor Profile: Rich but not too thick, structured flavor profile of fruitiness, which is candied plums, bananas and I think dark cherries. A little sweet, but also supported by some matching roasted malts, a little bit of hops and some complimentary sugary chewy belgian yeast. A touch of cocoa and earthiness aftertaste. VERY nice brew.
Palate: Thich like all of stones fine brews, weighty, but refrains from going overboard. I’d put its weight on part with the arrogant bastard.
I imagine when this baby ages it will be one of the greatest blended beers ever concocted by the hand of a man. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle: Dark ruby, fairly clear, monsterous beige head, foamy, fantastic lacing, lively carbonation. Very bready nose, cloves, subtle pepper. Yeasty, light sweetness, cloves, subtle raisins on the tongue, a bit of anise as well. Seems a quasi Belgian, Tripel/Dubbel combination. Not as sweet or fruity as others in the same style, but certainly tasty. Full to moderate body and mouthfeel. Clean finish, lingering anise, cloves, and bready. Somewhat earthy without being musty. While Belgianesque, the sweetness and mustiness is missing.   Otherwise, tiz fairly good!