TChrome (1468) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Attractive looking ale being burnt amber in color with a nicely retained tan colored head. Aroma is encouraging as well represendting aromas of roasted malt, caramel, with some faint (for Stone) hoppiness in the background. Flavor is quite mouthfilling with very pronounced, profound roastiness, nice wood, malt, smoke, a dash of hops and a twinge of alcohol. Right up there with the 7th, but not quite as good as the 5th or 6th. Quite a nice ale considering they probably made a bunch of it. Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Rosewood color, beige head.Very bready aroma, some caramel, a hint of hops. Flavor toasty, woody. Some dried fruit and alcohol. I’m not sure whether it’s complex or cluttered. Fairly quick finish, some bitterness. Oddly light-bodied. Kind of rough around the edges; it might well benefit from aging. I know this is supposed to be good, and I’ve really liked the other Stone products I’ve had, but this just isn’t doing it for me tonight. Maybe if I hadn’t just had 750ml of Cuvee Renee I’d like it more, though. Shag (2987) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Appearance is a reddish brown with a moderate beige head. The aroma is caramel, cherries, grapes, and nutmeg. The flavor is a heavy malt AND hop assult. An awesome mixture of sour fruit, coffee, nuts, and pine. This one is a slow sipper that would be excellent to have this fall. Im impressed and very shocked to find this one in my neck of the woods. Another good one from Stone! SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Whuppin aroma when first poured, delicious colour. Too bad I only bought one. Dry. Really Interesting flavour. Stone better write this recipe down and add it to their year round production. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2004
22 oz bottle, snifter. Chocolate, coffee, roasted, nutty malt (M-H); flower and pine hops (M); date, maderia, toffee and brown sugar aromas. Average sized, creamy, off-white head sits on a muddy, dark, red-brown body. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately biter finish. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: unique, I have absolutely nothing to compare this too! Thanks a bunch Em!
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Deep red-brown body, medium-thick light tan head. Nice earthy aroma with caramel and toast balancing classic grapefruit/pine hops. Pretty full-flavored body with chocolate, toast, caramel, plum, and a touch of grapiness mingling with piney hops and hints of citrus rind, finishing bitter and slightly astringent. After a few sips the finish really became rough; this beer is rather harsh around the edges with too much alcohol and bitterness in the finish. Otherwise it’s a nice brown ale. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottled: Deep ruby brown hue with small but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of piney and fruity hops, caramlized malts, smoke, wood, light mocha and vanilla, and a pronouned spice on the end. The taste starts bitter and spicy with a dose of bourbon barrel. The midsection is mostly malty and has chocolate/vanilla tones. The finish displays more wood and spices as well as a nutty dryness. The feel is like that of a watered down barleywine, teases you for a moment but never really bites the palate. Lightly sticky and traces of alcohol warming. Missing that something on the tongue. A good beer which does show room for improvement with a moderate aging. I look forward still to trying this in a few months. auto (163) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
dark burgundy brown colour. aroma: chocolate spice with a hint of caramel. fl: zangy nutty peanut. pal: pretty thick. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
22 oz bottle; fresh: thick, dark, cloudy maroon body with a tan cream that has red bubbles during the pour, and persists as a patchy foam…a spider web of lace sticks to the edges. Large malt aroma – walnuts, almonds, dark berries, raisins, and cherries. Full malt flavour balances a mild piney hop presence and a sweet raisiny sugar. This one sat very well with me – highly drinkable and tasty, what a beauty this would be on a beer engine. Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Diminishing tean head, mint/tea/coffee smells. Lots of pecan-walnut stuff floating around here. Gorgeous red mahoghany color, tad cloudy, looks thick and viscous, clinging to the sides of the glass. Cocoa smells emerge. Tastes like weak coffee mixed with tannic nut rinds. Aftertaste of hazelnut-cocoa-chocolate. Sticky aftertaste. The most coffee-like non-porter I have had. This was entirely different. I have to admit it kinda grew on me.