beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
This abbey double pours a deep dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, banana, cloves, dried fruit and vanilla. A med to full bodied double. Malts are dark fruit, brown sugar and molasses, lots of vanilla and chocolate as well. Sweet, but not cloying. Big beer. I think this one will age very well. Hides the alcohol nicely. Much more like the 03 vertical without some of the spiciness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2006
pours dark brown with a tan head. aroma smoke, chocolate, clove, some dried fruit, bananas, and a slight alcohol burn. flavor sweet raison quite a bit of clove. also some smokey chocolate and a hint of espresso bitterness. full bodied. fairly lively carbonation as it should be. finish is a fantastic roller coaster of flavor. the finish alone is just as complex if not more than any other part of the beer. it starts sweet with a hint of raison and alcohol and gently evolves into a lovely smokey bitter chocolate flavor that sticks with you forever. fantastic beer. the first of the series i have rated. i am very interested to see how this stands up to six years of aging. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of coriander, yeast and malt. Flavor of spices, yeast, and dark malts. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Lovely rosy chocolate in color and translucent when put to light, paired with a fizzy and fluffed tan head that recedes to a charming oily overcast. Aroma gets me going. Spicy cloves meet chocolatey fried bananas, sweetened and spiced with brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and mulled caramelized raisins. Smooth, sugary vanilla and cola aromatically team with concord jam and black currant. I could sniff for miles, but there’s more here to unveil. Flavor presents a tasty abundance. Sweetness and dryness meet center stage for a pipe tobacco and chocolate prune medley. Buttery bananas and cafe au lait gain a spicy clove, black peppercorn and almond grease addendum. Sweet and chewy palate traits join simultaneously with dry spiced capriciousness and bitter cheek sockets. Balance is piping in the direction of vivaciousness, and there’s no doubt that this one will be quite a treat if sampled on release date each and every year. Earthy, charred tobacco wrappers and heavily caramelized beet sugar do well with spicy cloves in the finish, along with lingering, sweet cocoa banana cream flavors, extending long into the night. Big thanks to tpkenned for the bombers! cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Pours a nice dak brown, almost black. Head was slightly off white and thin that lasted a while. Tasted slightly of alcohol, with a slight hop taste. Nice malt flavor was present as well. My friend says it tastes like he thinks a tree would, not that that would be bad by any means. I can agree, maybe a slight piny feel to it. A very good beer that I think will age well.
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Pours dark brown, with a nice, tan head. Lots of lace stuck to the glass. The nose is fruit, spices, alcohol, anise, and yeast. Flavor is sweet, with cherry, roasted malt, almonds, and yeast making appearances. The mouthfeel is soft, nicely carbonated and satisfying. The finish is a mild amount of hoppy bitterness with alcohol notes. A fine offering from a top-notch brewer! wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 Dark brown with a short lasting tan head. Fruity aroma with belgian yeast, cloves roasted malts, chocolate, mollases, figs and plum. Taste has a unique roasted malts presense along with chocolate and plum. Terrific palate with a strong spicyness. Sour aftertaste which I was into. Great beer. I loved the use of cloves in this one. You kind of get a Weizenbock with Belgian characteristics. scope (8) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2007 does not count
raisin, black, cloudy, that is the obvious presentation of the beer. i congradulate stone on the nameing because it truly is an undertaking in drinking one of these gladiatorrs in the barley ring...almost a rusty nails and burnt coffee suprise attack but it is quickly and efficent;y dispersed by the velvety chocalte that coats your pallete...the perfect beer for a person that doesn’t like "beer" rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Sampled from BevMo. Pour was very nice, with a generous head in a Munchen glass. Pour is dark brown. Flavor is nice with a hefty amount of hops. Worth a try while its still around, and a good stone brew. onceblind (9887) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clear dark dark brown, nearly black, with a laceful khaki head. Earthy nose with a little touch of smoked meat, classy tobacco, and bleu cheese. Nice smoked jerky flavor on the initial wave, like right after you swallow, then it gets creamy and sweet with toffee and earthy raisins, with a touch of oak and toast. Pretty sweet overall, with a big palate, and kinda boozy warm, yet complex and lovely.