nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big-ass bottle shared by someone at a tasting. Pours hazy, muddy amber in color with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma has faded piney and citrusy hops as well as a great sweet malt profile with lots of caramel. Flavor is sweet but not inappropriately so. Just a touch of hop bitterness adds complexity, with grapefruit and pine, to the caramel and toffee malt base. Very nice palate - medium-full bodied with some faded hop resins and an otherwise slick mouthfeel. Overall, wow, this is interesting. What I assume was a killer IPA has morphed into a very solid barleywine. Still a pleasure to drink almost 4 years later. Good job, Greg and co.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10th Anniversary Ale--Vintage Label #4 of 10--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV. 100 IBUís? (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Mild Lacy head. Clear pretty bright amber color. Malty crisp rich hop front. Tangy creamy sweet caramel malty body. Smooth tangy malty mellow hop spice end. Tasty complex bordering Barlywine IPA. Sampled 8/10/2007.
10th Anniversary Ale--Vintage Label #9 of 10--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV. 100 IBUís? (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Sampled In Norway 10/23. Mild lacy head. Clear rich bright golden color. Huge hoppy floral front. Rich sweet caramel body. Hot EtOH hop spice end. Barleywine sweetness detracts from big hops. Sampled 12/22/2006.
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber from a bottle today. Still a nice lasting off white head, aroma is definitely subdued hops but has a nice caramel, bread, and toffee malt. Much more like a barleywine now, really smooth slightly piny hops in the beginning leads into a sweet caramel and toffee taste that is still a bit bitter. Not bad in its current state, but with this malt profile it must have been an awesome DIPA in its day. Glad I got to try it!
evergreen0199 (1634) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I consumed numerous bottles of this beer in September 2006 during a long, sunny, lazy vacation in the San Diego area. A copper coloured pour with a smallish head. Malty, hoppy aroma. Tastes really complex, hoppy, fruity, piney, bitter. A really big beer from Stone.
Getbetter (656) - Cucamonga, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would like to appreciate Joetheyounger and mspindler for the pint that i got from them to rate. golden, Medium head,Strong Aroma 10% abv
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves some great lacing.
S: The smell is pretty much your typical barleywine: toffee, brown sugar, caramel. While the hops that were certainly the focal point of this beer at one time have long since faded, there is still a very nice citrus aroma.
T: The flavors follow the nose fairly closely, however they are a bit muted. The caramel, toffee, and sugar are certainly there, along with a noticeable about of alcohol. Any hop flavors that are left are mostly covered up by the sweetness, except for a mild bitterness on the finish.
M: The body is full and the carbonation is actually surprisingly lively, even if it is a bit on the light side.
D: Like any sweet, 10% ABV beer, thereís only so much "drinkability" to it. I am actually somewhat of a fan of this beer in its current state, however I can only imagine how delicious it would have been fresh.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle purchased way back in August 2006 when it was released. The color is orange and transparent. Smell is grapefruit, pineapple, and pine cones. The taste is very tropical fruit with sweetness and a noticeable alcohol burn. While the hops are not as explosive as they were when I first bought a case, they are still a big factor here. I think this is still holding up very well and is possibly one of my favorite brews.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-12-2007 21:45:22
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub. I know, I was like WTF too. I drank a topless wytch while I tried to figure out what style 10th was and what I should do. Was it the black ipa? no, thatís 11. I finally stole a menu and read that it was the DIPA that I thought it was, but it was ok because now after aging it would be like a barley wine. Yeah right, Like Iím going to fall for that. Aging beers is dumb, and aging hoppy beers is down right criminal. However, had they not aged this, since this came out before my interest in beer, I would not have had a chance to try this. So I am conflicted. Anyway, it came, it smelled hoppy, it tasted like the hops were between sort of dying and totally dead, and had a crisp powdered sugar flavor along with the aged hops. SIgh. I guess it held up better than a bottle of ruination sitting on a store shelf does. I guess itís sort of cool to try like itís sort of cool to play old school nintendo games. Iíll give it a couple extra points.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from Bevmo in L.A. Bomber. Poured an almost clear toffee/brown with a nice initial cap of off-white head. The nose packed a punch with alcohol fueling pear and grapefruit sweetness.. juicy and assertive. The flavor picked up grapefruit and pears first, transitioning to caramel and more aggressive alcohol and sticky notes... smooth middle leaving a prickly coating long after the finish. Heavier-bodied. Really enjoyed this one!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
in the bottle at neighborhood in San Diego. Pours a reddish amber with a medium punctuated head of great staying power. The head forms craters of large bubbles. Has a big sweetness, candylike yet has a splash of big tart flavor. Lots of aroma and big flavor. Big fluffy pink cotton candy sweetness. The lacing in the glass forms an intense articulated trebculae. All the mid-range sweetness of a barleywine but none of the hop intensity. This is a very unique beer.