manuchampions (1235) - 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.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) Dark fruits grain and a touch of alcohol in aroma. Cloudy amber orange with small white head. Flavor has dark raisin caramelized sugar with some alcohol warming and robust bitterness lingering into the finish. Slightly oxidized with a lot of alcohol warming.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
grapefruit, pine, citrus, sweet, bready. started as as a dipa, but has morphed into an evergreen barleywine.
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11th September 2008. Cloudy brown beer. Rich and full IPA. Initially comes accross as a well hopped barleywine but then bitter grapefruit and sweet marmalade give it that extra IPA dimension.
alexsdad06 (5250) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 L bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized dense cream colored head. The aroma is big on citrus and other fruits along with moderately sweet caramel malts. The flavor is very malty with some signs of the hops that were much more present when fresh. I did get ripe orange citrus and bitter grapefruit to go with caramel/toffee malts. The bitterness is still there in the finish. This has morphed into more of a barleywine; at least it’s a good barleywine. I had the beer fresh and loved it, and this beer is still holding up quite well considering its age and the style. Probably better to drink this soon if you have them around.
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good beer. I believe it may have stored to long in my fridge. The hops were very mild for a Stone beer. Almost a barley wine. poured a nice amber color. A very sweet smell and faint hops. A nice flavor overall. well balanced
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample: RNH: had this immediately after the 13th Anniv... not the best idea, def needs a re-rate. While it was clear this was a more complex IPA, I thought the balance was too even. No one flavor or characteristic stood out to me. I plan on going back for this in a full pint.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dan’s Bachelor Party Extended Weekend Rating #15 of 90. The highlight of Friday Night! Thank you Sprinkle for parting with this gynormous 3L Bottle, now 3 years old. Guess what? A 3L split 7 ways is still ALOT of Beer! It was a treat to enjoy an entire glass of this stuff (and then some). After Dan the man gave us all a one handed pour, breaking down his right bicep in the process (insert joke about how he’ll have to use the other hand later), we all clinked our glasses in appreciation of our great friend and dove into what was a surprisingly great DIPA after growing for 3 years. Beckons from the glass a golden amber with a foamy, bready off white head. The aroma is very hoppy, bready, and some floral notes. From the first sip I knew for sure buying a swing top 3L 3 years late was not a bad call by any means. Tons of hops still punch through this baby, lots of floral and citrus accompanied by a distinct biscuit/bready flavor that produces a hint of staleness but not enough to negate the hop deliciousness. A very sweet taste overall, maybe some honey. As much as I’d love to try this fresh, that’s never going to happen, and this gem was nothing short of spectacular 3 years behind schedule. Had I tried it fresh I may have scored it close to perfect. If you’re holding onto a bottle, fear not, and open that bad boy up!!! (or contact me for trade)
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Gathering. Pours an amber color with a medium head. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, citrus hops and something a bit cheesy. Taste is toffee and citrus hops. Very high bitterness level. Full bodied.