3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 I found this at Pletcher’s in State College, PA, and they said it arrived on three days before, though they didn’t have it on the shelves yet. Yes I’ve been spektical about this beer, ever since the first ratings were posted and it jumped quickly thereafter into the top 50. That’s how it goes with special releases which are high gravity, and usually you can count on them disappointing. Combine this with the fact that my fondness for Stone IPA has dropped significantly in the last year or two, and how I never really enjoyed Ruination. However, the Stone 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th anniversary IPAs were all very nice. Stone 10th isnít close, that’s my initial impression. The color is a medium dark amber, and the tan colored head sits on top as a thin film. The nose on this thing is ok, but lacking complexity, lacks juice, and there’s still an issue with the yeast, which I don’t particularily like. It’s a bit too muddy and doughy for my tastes, when it should be more transparent. The honey, cedar and pineapple hop scents are decent, though. The bitterness is subdued, and the palate is almost frothy and creamy. I prefer crispness personally, but creamy is OK some times, as is seen in the first batch of Avery Maharaja (though that’s where the similarities end). Caramel and maple flavored malts are present, but only show up on the tip on the tongue, at the first sip really. After that there’s a chewy pine and cedar hop flavor, with some toffee and dough flavors over the middle, finishing more fruity and lightly sweet. Does this blow me away? No.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Bottle. Copper color with a big cream colored head. Big orange/grapefruit aroma with some summer/tropical fruits. Big fruity (peach/mango/red grapefruit/pineapple) flavor with backing caramel malt. Slight alcohol warming. Lingering resiny, fruity bitterness. Itís great but could use more resin in the flavor to cut some of the sweetness.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is awesome, tons of hops, hop extract almost. Amber body with a thin off white head. Very fruity taste with a gorgeous hop forefront. havenít seen a great beer from stone in awhile, but here it is.
IrishBoy (4079) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
BILL SHERWOOD BOTTLE BY WAY OF ENNISKILLEN; Odeeds tasting party 9/27/06; Nose was nice hoppy with pine and citrus; copper color, small white head; Flavor was hoppy with lots of citrus, some alcohol showed in the beginning but disappeared as it warmed; nice bitter finish.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 (BILL SHERWOOD BOTTLE BY WAY OF ENNISKILLEN).beautiful clear orange body with a thick white head that left nice webbing.aroma was a blast of ice tea,oranges,pine,marijuana,and well.....HOPS!flavor mixed up the same with a bit of the 50/50 ice cream bar that i ate back in the day.plus a bit of a malt backbone to keep things interesting.the alcohol was well hidden and as far as the palate?well two minutes after a sip the hops were still stuck to my tounge.is this a perfect brew?in my opinion....yes it is.RE-RATE:after a few more bottles of this i really love it,but i cant say its a perfect brew.its hard to say exactly what i dont like about it,but it just doesnt rate up with my other "5" beers.(RE-RATE:JULY 14TH 2008)translucent orange with a small white head.hops have died down a tiny bit in the nose but the alcohol is still pretty upfront.flavor is pretty smooth with the alcohol a taking a bit more aof a back seat.hops are still around but are more balanced out with the other flavors.its aging pretty nicely i must say.
Chthulhu (13) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Powerful sweet flavor, I can only describe it as toasted pineapple with malt. I can understand why it appeals to the rest of you, but Iím sorry to say I couldnít finish the bottle.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with strong fruit/pine aroma. Kind of sweeter than the average ipa, definite fruit flavors are present. Still has good amount of hops though with a nice roasty finish. Nice and full. Thick on the palate but not over the top.
Nice "Big" IPA as the last person wrote. Excellent job, perfect for a 10th anniversary
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle. Pours a amber color with a small white head. Aroma is full of hops and citrus with a pine, and tropical fruit smell. Flavor is full of hops, alcohol, with a nice malty undertone. Definitely a big beer, a nice beer to help celebrate Stoneís 10th aniversary! Happy Birthday Stone Brewing Co.!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Medium amber color with a small white head. Juicy citrus hop aroma with heavy underattenuated malt underneath. Candied citrus hop flavors over a cloying-thick malt base. High residual sweetness in the finish, along with a hop character that fades to a piney flavor. Mouthfeel is very heavy, rather chewy and cloying.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours crystal clear deep amber color with a quickly disappearing white head. The hops hit you but the sweet maltiness finishes you off. The sweetness is almost tropical. The mouthfeel is as smooth as silk.
Greg, papajohn is right, this needs to be a seasonl. Itís an excellent brew