elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Just picked this one up at the Lee’s, had to give it a whirl. Immediately from opening there is the belgian yeast scent, but the ale itself tastes a bit different. The only reason I didn’t give the flavor a 10 is because it’s brand new, and would probably taste more balanced upon further aging. I guess we’ll just have to wait to see how it changes though. Like all Stone’s brews, a must try. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pours dark ruby with a long lasting tan head. Really good appearance. Smell had toffee, lemon, banana, chocolate, orange and cranberry . The cranberry was very good in the flavor. The flavor was like a Tripel with cranberry added to it. This is really pleasing. I am raving because I like it so much better than the 04. I’m glad I have another one to age. robinvboyer (4813) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2009
dark amber pour with a nice beige head. aroma is loaded with dark roasted fruity malts. some nice ripe fruit, some cloves, and a touch of chocolate. really remins me of a very mild trappist type ale. flavor is very nice. more of he sweet bready fruity malts. again reminds me of a really nice dark and fruity trappist ale minus the strong alcohol presence. Really en excellent ale. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 Rising from a thick espresso-like creamy head is an aroma of spiced banana bread, caramel, and a touch of allspice--definitely Belgian-like but not overly so thankfully. The color is dark cola with a tinge of garnet red. The extremely deep flavor profile is pleasantly overwhelming at first. This beer tastes strong with a substantial alcohol edge which may be a touch out of balance (which will most likely improve over the aging process) and a bit of sweetness with subtle dark fruit, bourbon vanilla, and perhaps some star anise flavors too. The finish is bitter from both hops and roasted malt. The amazing elusiveness of this beer adds a lot of interest. It will surely age superbly. This is one of the most complex beers I have ever had. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Stone never dissappoints. This one pours a deep dark brown with mahogany highlights and a thin tan head. The aroma is a perfumy mix of coffee, alcohol, smoke, and sweet dark fruit. Medium bodied and silky smooth in texture. Well balanced and bursting with flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke, alcohol, and a gentle lingering bitterness in the finish. Quite impressive.
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Quite a sursprise as the dark brown colored liquid gurgled from the bottle into my Chimay chalice. Dark mahogeny color with a well retained dark tan colored head. The aroma is very Abbey Dubblish, rich chocolate malt, lots of spices, a really nice yeast strain, a bit of earth, bubblegum and a whiff of alcohol. Also, some dark, dried fruit, i.e. raisin/prunes. The flavor compares quite favorably with good Abbey Dubbles, sweet malt with chocolate, mutiple spices, orange, and a slightly sharp metallic off flavor. I predict a long life for this bad boy, as well as some nice smoothing out of its few sharp edges. Very enjoyable and drinkable now. Will be much better in a year or two, I predict. Who says Stone can’t make good Belgian styles? puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2005
rating #50. Poured a deep brown with zero head. Wish it actually had some. Full, mouth-coating palate with a luscious, malty, fruity, perfectly balanced flavor. Alcohol was perfectly hidden: I was more than happy to quaff the bomber.Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
On the other hand, not really sure why this is marked as a Belgian Strong. Tastes loads more like an American Strong to me. In fact, I noticed almost no Belgian flavors whatsoever. Oh well.
Dark ruby color, bright at sides, with a long-lasting, creamy tan head. Nice.
in the nose: ah...warm, soft, fruity, rich, malty, toffeeish, enticing...delicious...alive and invigorating...much appreciated.
...and smooth and tasty on the tongue, as well. Big, fat malty taste, nary a squeak out of hops...molasses, hint of anise, caramel...richness at play on the palate. Damnably tasty! And the high abv keeps quiet, at least, so far...
I’d love it if this were a regular brew, that I could down anytime I felt. It straddles a special place between abbey dubbel and baltic porter, with a kiss of coffee/chocolate/oatmeal/nut brown stout...if you know what I mean...yummy! 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Big frothy head that smells of bourbon, chocolate and wood... a really excellent smell and not one I can find any faults with. Flavor is similar: some chewy chocolate and some maple, woody malt character, reminds me almost of Midnight Sun M with the yeast flavor. One of my favorites from Stone. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Rock on Stone! Burnt orangey crimson, thin tan fizzy head. The nose was rich and complex with notes of plum, cloves, cocoa, dark sweet bread, and rum raisin, with lighter tones of citrus. Extremely well balanced flavors throughout with spiced dark fruit, rich caramel malt, and light notes of mochachino. In the end, you finally get some of the typical Stone hoppiness, yet it only plays a supporting role this time around. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, dry, bittersweet finish. Kick ass man! Again I beg of you (Chris, Greg, whomever) to get Stone in Maryland ASAP...