after4ever (7577) - 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 (6100) - 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.
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark orange color with a white head. The aroma is tons of grapefruit from that awesome Simcoe dry hop. Taste is thick, malty, chewy, and citrus hoppy. Loved it. Extremely, and incredibly easy to drink for a 10% beer. I can’t wait to have another one.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber pour with a long lasting 1inch or so head, pine hit my tongue first, then lots of fruitiness, citrus, followed by maltiness. Not overly sweet, plenty of hops, great brew!
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, floral and citrus hops. Very evident with the Simcoe hops. Flavor starts off huge with the caramel and floral hops and finishes strong with the citrus hops. Nice bitter finish with a little a alcohol warming. Yet again another delicious brew from Stone.
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 Bottle Pourts a slightly hazy orange amber with a nice creamy dense off white head. Thick heavy lacing. Wonderfull aroma of nice sweet carmel, honey and the Simcoe hop slant. I wonder if I can convince my wife to wear this stuf. Terrific. Flavor is plenty of malty sweetness. Almost sugary. Honey again, light brown sugar and a surprisingly moderate hop bitterness. ABV is listed at 10% but hidden quite well. A late longering burn as it goes down but seems to go with everything else nicely. Very nice creamy soft palate. Soft carbonation as well. Worthy of Stoes Aniversary series for sure.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a misty copper color with a nice puffy head, small bubbles and lovely lacing. The nose is sticky and fruity with lots of floral notes and tropical fruits buzzed with a pine tree and pummelo; just a snatch of alcohol and plenty of malts in there to balance. The flavor is awesome, nice sweet caramels blend with the well picked hops; simcoe, lovely, to balance and produces a very sweet honey like hoppy brew with light bitterness and a rich body. This is really quite good, I had my doubts before about this based on some of the others ratings, but this is straight up balanced and marvelously shows the harmony of hop and malt as they dance. Thanks Ken for sharing this gem!