greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Bomber. Pours a beautifully clear orange, will a small head. Aroma of spices, clove, with a twist of lemon. Flavor is nicely complex, mild spice and orange right up front. Yeasty finish and more spices...subtle hint of cinnamon that lingers on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth. Excellent beer that gets better with every sip. Can’t wait to try it again in a few years after it ages. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2007
22oz - Aroma is very spicy with cinnamon, ginger, bubblegum and a citrus zing. Pours transparent gold with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor is tangy citrus (orange and grapefruit) followed by the spice and ending with a nice yeasty finish. Alcohol is hidden but warming. Palate is tart and tangy. Pretty tasty brew that reminds me of Pizza Ports SPF 45, which isn’t a bad thing. jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep pale orange body with nice head. Aroma is of spices - cinnamon, lemon, ripe pears, citrus, light ginger. A nice complex aroma. Flavor is of slight yeast, light perfume, spices. Can taste some of the orange peel - leads to an undertoned citrus feel to it. Nicely carbonated. I’m really impressed with this VE. Unlike than the other years I’ve tasted, I can see this one doing great with five years of cellaring. kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2007
22oz bottle. Goblet. Pours a brilliant orange amber, with light wisps of carbonation clinging to the glass. The aroma comes across intially sweet with candy sugar, pepper, wheat, clove, muscat grape, lemon, citrus zest-- a lot in there to ponder, as to be expected with these Epics. The initial sip bemoans a thin Tripel, wihich takes a unique, spicy, earthy twist, before finishing with alcohol warmth, sweetness, spice, and lingering, bitter tartness that hits the back of the throat. Good yeast... Fun beer- Should be even MORE fun in a year or two.. or 5(!) ABUSEDGOAT (2905) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
It’s kinda strange with Stone because as time has passed I’ve liked their beers less and less. I’ve had very low expectations for everything they make and expect it all to be overrated. I honestly enjoyed this one though. Clear orange with a moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is yeast, lighter and citric fruits, grass, spices, pepper, sugar. Medium bodied with a slightly sweet alcoholic (in a good way) finish. I was so worried this was going to be overly sweet, but it’s not. Very drinkable and the first new Stone beer I enjoyed in a REALLY long time.
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Pours deep reddish amber with light white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, apple, pear, citrus, and golden raisins. Sweet with nice body. The fruit and spice flavors are nice. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2007
This was fairly interesting. Orange colour with a nice tall white head. Clove, a few other spices, and a surprising hop aroma for the style. Lemon and coriander, slightly sweet with some belgian yeast tones. There is a noticeable hop presence that was welcome and complimented this beer nicely. A lot going on here and possibly one of my favourite VE’s yet. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 First smell makes me think Belgian tripel, first drink makes me think of some witbier and saison weirdness. Candy sugar, lemon zest, and some coriander and cardamom in the nose, sweet and spicy melons and pears as well. Flavor is sickly sweet melon fruit and coriander spice and ginger... quite good but it seems a bit too thick and sickly. A really good experiment I think. I wouldn’t mind drinking more of this, so along with 04 and 05 it’s one of my favorite VE recipes. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 A blend between the Tripel and Saison styles as interpreted by Stone, a fairly complex bomber that kept me interested until the last sip. Reddish copper in the glass, but it looks more golden when being poured. Thin white film on top leaving some lacing, coupled with a steady carbonation. The aroma grows as the beer sits, abundant at first but more intense as it warms. Fresh flowers and lots of fruity aromas like peach and orange. Slightly yeasty and sugary as well. Medium-light body, very crisp and sweet on the tongue. The alcohol melds well and it almost feels like it evaporates in the finish. Flavor is an inviting blend of fruits, spices, malt and yeast. Sugary with light malt paired with some mild hops. Orange, lemon, peach and faint cherry flavors are mixed in. Real spicy like nutmeg, cinnamin, and perhaps some clove and ginger. This beer is fresh and it definately tastes fresh, it’s already well blended. Delicate and very floral. Great now, not sure what years of cellaring will ultimately do to this fine treat. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a golden color and some haze. Aromas of dough, grapefruit and some caramel even. As it warms some more yeast aromas develop that are a little bit off, so deductions there. Flavors of Belgian yeast some spices, and some berries. Alcoholis well hidden, not sure it will stand up to 2012.