notalush (5880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Dark plum color, with a quickly diminishing, tan head - aroma of clove, dark fruit (fig, plum), candi sugar, caramel, toffee - quite full-flavored - begins with a touch of coffee-like bitterness, followed by sweet toffee and dark fruit flavors, a touch of smokey/peaty, almost scotch ale-like flavors, followed still by some nutmeg and clove - a little thin on the back end - otherwise a solid brew - reminds me a little of what North Coast seemed to be trying to do with Brother Thelonius, but whereas North Coast failed, Stone most certainly did not. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Bottle: Black/red in color, light tan head. Aroma was spicy, some sweetness, and dark roasty malts. Flavor had a bitterness to it, a little hot from the alcohol, some dark fruits, a little yeasty. Had a sweet finish. This needs some time, as of right now it’s a bit chaotic and could certainly use some mellowing. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle the beer sets a deep incarnadine color, the head behemothic in size, light tan in color and semi-creamy in texture, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet to hide the glass. Nose has a deep, rich malt sweetness, hints of aromatic spices dominate after resting a bit, a joy to this old schnozzle, start is sweet with a delightful grain presence, top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has a spiny acidity, the hops and spice quite flavorful, dry and long lasting after taste. One of the better verticals from Stone, and one that will age nicely. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours brown with a medium head.
Aromas of yeast, bread and spices, perhaps a bit like gingerbread.
Flavors of cloves, anise, yeast, bread an hops. Fairly complex. I also found that it is better chilled than warmer, it gets too sweet. The alcohol is there but never overpowering. The beer has a full body which makes it almost hard to finish a bomber bottle. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
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glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2006
22oz bottle-pours an offwhite head with red color. Aroma is sweet, malt, dark fruit. Taste follows, dry. 110319- [email protected]
Dark brown. Yeasty aroma with roasted malts. Interesting spice flavors...with a good sweetness from the malts. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Dark brown color with a smaller light tan head. Aromas of not ripe bananas and lightly roasted malt. Flavors of dark caramel, some cedar and spruce. Some hot hops flavors that should mellow over time. A little time will do this one well. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Deep, dark burgundy. Fluffy texture; lively carbonation. Very roasty and toasty. Great notes of hardened caramel, toffee and black licorice. Big, grassy and herbal bitterness. Other flavors and aromas offer subtle complexity. Some comforting warmth in the throat from the alcohol. Tasty, flavorful and pleasant beer. TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
This was an impulse buy. It looked interesting in the display at the local beer retailer. Nice black body, big foamy tan head. Very malty aroma, maybe a little on the sweet side. That is a good beer, not too much carbonation. Very malty flavor. There is some carmal present. Very good.
jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2006
Aroma has alcoholic lightness, caramelly and roasty. Body is surprisingly light, relative to color, good carbonation, smooth but not creamy. Flavor is very malty and, umm, kind of, umm...tastes a little like pot. I think pot has a very nice taste, and is something that goes very nicely with a beer of this darkness. Nice light finish with some banana esters and alcohol. Doesn’t fit in a category, and I like it for that.