Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was awesome up till a year in but then it hint the fan. Pours an orange golden body with a white head. Citrus, grass, floral notes pear and hop character. Like i said at one point it was more like a 4.1 but as for now its drinking more like a 3.8. Ill rate this one as i remember it fresh.
Butters (3591) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Butterís Big Cellar Blowout. Hazy amber orange pour with lacing ring of light tan head. Nose is a nice hoppy malty balance. Flavor is like a barleywine, with some apparent hop profile. Excellent job of hiding abv, but still a pleasant warming experience.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Butters Big Blowout - Pours a cloudy amber with off-white head. Floral hops, caramel and notes of citrus. Similar flavor. Slight hop bitter finish. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Excellent Imperial Double IPA. I want more of this!
MmmcKay (1039) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
My last beer at Butterís cellar reduction blowout. Typing is taking me a bit longer now. A few more typos than there used to be. Iím drunk. Hurray beer. Really malty for a IPA. The hops have faded. Barley wine now. Amber color. Caramel aromas. Nice texture on the palate. Lack of hop characteristics are a bit disappointing. Oh well. I still love Stone!!! Yes Iím a Stone Fanboy.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Butters Big Cellar Blowout. Pours an off-white head and an amber body. Smells of mellow hops and some caramel. Taste is caramel, spice and fruit hops. The hops are mellowed. Finish has some bitterness.
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. I wasnít that impressed with this. Some lemon and orange flavor. Boozy.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque orange amber color. Thin off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is complex, with dominant citrus and floral hop notes. Flavor is even more complex, with some very sweet caramel notes balancing out the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly viscous but very smooth and hides the alcohol well. Absolutely outstanding. I can only imagine what it would have been like fresh.
savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Aged about 2 years in the bottle. Very citrus, floral, sweet and alcoholic aroma. Hazy orange with an off white thick head leaving some nice lace. The flavor is big in every way, sweet, bitter, and strong alcohol. Thick mouth feel. Very intense beer, like others have stated almost more of a barley wine, but maybe thatís the aging coming through.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my cellar. Pours a murky amber. Big pineapple citrus hops and caramel malt. Flavor is still dominated by citrusy hops pineapple, grapefruit and some nice sweetness. Several more years nd this might be a nice BW.
changeup45 (1670) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hi-Time. Never got the chance to try this one fresh but one that I wished I did so an aged bottle was my last opportunity. Pours a reddish-copper color with a relatively thick off-white head that fades. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some toffee and some hops showing in the way of pine and resin. Lots of caramel malty and citrusy flavors, orange peel, maybe even some mango with some hops that are very resiny, a little oily, some grapefruit as well. Obviously the hops have faded but they were still sharper than I expected from a 2 1/2 year old bottle. This is no doubt totally different than it was fresh, drinking more like an American Barleywine now, but still very good and aged pretty well. I wish I could comment on how it was fresh.