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 (3826) - 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, that’s 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 I’m 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 it’s sort of cool to try like it’s sort of cool to play old school nintendo games. I’ll give it a couple extra points.
manuchampions (1243) - 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 (18998) - , 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 (7227) - 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.