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 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, 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 (1952) - 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 (2492) - 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.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Noticed this one was getting alot of good reviews, so I ordered a case of it just for good measure. Pours out an orange color with a huge white head. Smell is grass, hops, oranges, grapefruit, and more hops. Taste is sweet and lightly carbonated. Complex, fruity, and full or oranges, the alcohol isnt even apparent in this beer, unlike the Bells I just drank. I cant wait to see where this one ends up after having more than 300 ratings. This reminded me alot of Weyerbacher 11, and if you dont like 11, im not sure how you could like this one as there are a ton of similarities. Very nicely balanced IPA, and proves the reason that I always order stones anniv beers.
SpringsLicker (3450) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to OhioDad for sending this one!
This starts with a huge off-white head over a clear, deep amber body.
The aroma is juicy malt with piney sappy hops.
The flavor has plenty of malt, but the overall flavor goes to the bitter side. Possibly some alcohol bitterness at the sides of the tounge. Big and bitter with lots of pineapple.
I’ll try this again in few weeks and if the alcohol touch fades, I’d upgrade the palate a point. I think this will cellar some nicely under the proper conditions and will blossom into a big malty, well balanced, strong ale.