awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 22oz Bottle. Pours a beautiful shade of blood oranges and caramelized honey, marvelously clear, topped with a fine layer of sustaining, thick bubbled cream head. Ooo... intriguing aromas of red pine, orange zest, and limeade, backed by some sweetness and spicy herbal characters. A touch of alcohol heat prickles the nostrils with too generous of a whiff, so I back off and smack my lips for a taste. Rich, full bodied, sticky mouthfeel with a nice hops pucker, but a bit of an upleasant alcohol bite. Big beer, but doesn’t have the easy drinking, refreshing qualities that some of its categorical relatives possess. The different flavor dimensions taste good as individual analytical entities, but are a bit out of whack when viewed as a whole, detracting from the beer’s ability to content well in the "sipper’s" category either. Not to be too overly critical, this brew does have some of the nice, piney, resinous textures loved by many. The added bite of alcohol at the finish is the deal breaker for me though - I prefer my mouth to pucker from hops alone.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange color with a large white head.
Aroma is piney not much malt back.
lots of piney hops. Lots of malt. A little alcohol at the finish. Maybe a little spicey.
Alcohol taste lingers a bit long. Smooth mouthfeel.
I’ve had better.
rjulian24 (18) - USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice beer with a wonderful hop aroma. Yeast and alcohol aroma are also present and add nice balance and character. There is a slight malt finish in the back, but for a 10% beer it is actually surprisingly dry - which is just right for this big of a double IPA. The bitterness is robust early, but then subsides quickly and lacks a lot of back of the mouth bitterness. The flavor is a bit hot - perhaps a hot ferment. I also get a slight medicinal flavor to it. Overall a very good beer, though the hot flavor in the after taste is a little overpowering. May need some time to age and mellow.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An awesomely big beer. Pours cloudy amber with a meringue-type head. Nearly overpowering hoppy nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit, almost like fresh-cut wood. Huge hop taste with a subtle alcohol burn. The malt smooths it out in the end, but retains the nice hop bite. Can’t wait to try this after a year or so.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much thanks to egajdzis for opening up the latest Stone creation. Those of us who know Eric, know that he’s one of the biggest Stone fans out there and always grabs the latest offerings. Split the bomber, while I continued to be cleaned out playing roulette...
Appears an opaque amber with a foamy, bubly off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of huge biscuits, caramel, grassy, herbal notes, rich, piney hops with citrus. There is a little bit of Ruination being evoked in this beer with it’s intense aromas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet and bitter notes all over the place. Sweet, woody, bready, sourdough-esque.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bready, sweet, sugary, and bitter.
after4ever (7539) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy amber with a thin dirty white diminishing head. Thick wavy fields of carb rising. Huge fruity citrus nose, mixed with lots of sweet caramel. Thick, sticky-sweet body, bordering on barleywine levels of substance. Incredible spicy herbal hops in the mid-palate and in the finish. Awesome hop variety, but overall, a little too sweet and sticky yet. Gets a little earthier as it warms. It’s an "after dinner IIPA," and if there’s a pleasurable point at the exact opposite of "refreshing," this beer occupies it.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. Aroma: Lots of big fruit up front. Mostly grapefruit, but some pineapple and a little mango as well. Pine and resin also, but not ’in your face’. A very smooth and inviting hop aroma. Malt comes to play too. Nice caramel and bread notes with a touch of yeastiness. Really nice aroma. Appearance: Alluring copper color with just the slightest haze. Light khaki head was full and creamy with good retention. Head dissipated into a nice film over the surface. Good lacing. Flavor: Pine and resin hop flavor is the first flavors I get, but is followed immediately by a syrupy, caramely malt sweetness. Sweetness lingers for a moment before the grapefruit punches through. Grapefruit is very well done and packs a nice punch. Finishes with a light bitterness with some of the grapefruit tagging along. Bitterness lingers for a bit, but is never unpleasant. A bit of hay in the aftertaste. Palate: Full bodied and very smooth. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol burn. Overall: Stone is kind of hit-or-miss to me. This is definatly a hit. Big malt. Big hops. Big flavor. And it all works well together. Have to pick some more up before they’re gone.
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Poured an amber color with a large, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, citrus, toffee and caramel malts, and light alcohol as well. Taste of tropical fruits, pine, caramel malts, tobacco, some resin, citrus fruits, and light alcohol as well.
wish (14) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW this is great! I have never liked any IPA; I think I’ve been waiting for this one. It smells lovely and tastes smooth. Copper caramel color, and reminds me of a Belgian beer. Citrus taste & very friendly hops! Great cold, refreshing!!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rivers Bend in Mainesville, OH. Thanks Matt. Pours copper orange with a frothy off white head. Aroma of pine, carmelized sugar, and some alcohol. Flavor of caramel, with some syrupy like sweetness, balanced by some grassy hop bitterness. Bitter finish is peppery and really bites, then the alcohol comes in and zaps the back edges of the mouth with some hotness. This is more like a strong ale or barleywine IMO. Like the Old Guardian 2006 release, this is a little young, and needs more time in the cellar. These flavors need to blend. I have a good feeling this is going to be much improved once I let my 4 bottles sit.