IndianaRed (2160) - 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!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is clear copper with a nice densely bubbled khaki head...smell is citric and warm and the pine comes through too...nice aroma...some bready notes in the nose too...slick and greasy texture in the mouth...it tastes good with some resin and pine flavors along with day old baguette...slight tart and bitter finish...otherwise there is nothing to this...alcohol wasn’t apparent at all, so this was sort of like a mediocre IPA with a horrendous blast zone...deceptive...well done hiding the 10%...finish was very quick...very very quick...overall this is just weak, flavorwise...I want to reiterate, there is nothing overly negative about this beer, but there is nothing interesting about it either...
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
It finally made it to IN.and i love it.This was a hop explosion with pine and a bitter finish awesome.I love DREADNAUGHT and this is very close but not quite the same finish.This is very enjoyable and i would drink this any time.CHEERS to stone for making this
Panzuriel (1242) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very hazy copper brown liquid wiht a nice tan foam of small bubbles. Nose is very hoppy and acrid with a nice fruit hints noted and citrus. Tangy zesty and refreshing on the mid to end taste finishing cleanly. Good end bitters on the swallow. Body is smooth and full. The best IPA I have ever had.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber honey in color with massive fruity aroma. This beer poured with tiny white head. Rich, thick, and syrupy with the taste of grapefruits and fruity flavors dominating. Chewy malty body with mild alcohol finish. This beer assults your senses! Thanks goes to cbkschubert for the bottle.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 Pours dark honey w/ full semi creamy froth. Aromas of a malted pine forest. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Flavors of .....it’s a freakin malt bomb w/ a big piney resin character and a slight biscuit garter. Like chewing on a piece of caramel in a malted pine forest. They should have just made it into a candy bar. Massive malt chewy caramel. Residual asprin tingle finish. Not balanced at all. Over the top. You get the caramel, pine, vanilla, leather, and citrus. I was expecting something totally different. *****REVISED 6-1-2007 Just had another bottle that was stored in 35F weather. This brew is gone man. Not much structure left being that that hop profile has dwindled to reveal more of a barleywine. Flavors get a little earthy and the finish is a tad cloying w/ a fragment of what once was hopsy asprin.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#1600 - 22oz bottle pours bright amber with a short offwhite head that fades pretty quickly to a film but laces all the way down the glass from there. Aromas of fresh pineapple over caramel and a faint whiff of a pine tree. Flavor is immediate pineapple, but as I continued on i could find caramel malts tucked behind that, also some notes of manderine orange, and tropical fruits. Just a bit of the alcohol warmth comes in at the back of each sip. Big syrupy mouthfeel one sip tells you this is a big beer. Good bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced for an IIPA this size. Amazingly easy to sip all 22oz. Just overall a beautiful brew.. A worthy beer for #1600
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a glowing amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with big notes of those candied pineapple chunks. Also notes of mandarins and pine. Light alcohol comes through as well. The aroma is thick and you just know this is will be big. The flavor fills the mouth with thick sweet malt as well as pineapple, citrus and piney notes. Then it covers every surface of the mouth with a crisp bitterness that finishes long and semi-dry. Full bodied and with a pleasant warmth in my chest. This is one of those beers that you can just sit with, finish off and relax for the night.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a big white head. Short retention but good lace. Hints of orange, citrus, piney hops, simcoe hops, pinapple, vanilla, mango and graitfruit are in the aroma. Bitter taste with lots of pinapple and piney hops. Palate is perfect in terms of thickness and balance. Very well done.