markwise (5183) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap @ OTH Stone Release Party- It pours a copper/ orange color with a slight white head. Aroma is floral hops with a gentle piney-citrus tang. The flavor is smooth flowers, and citric pieces with pine sap. Amazing sweetness with the age it is carrying.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle. Pours copper with a white head. Wish I had this when it was a little more fresh...still good aged though. Citrus hop aroma. Good flavor, with age the malt overpowers the hops. Good flavor though, and I love the bottle.
sebletitje (9163) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ OTH, FL Stone kick off party.
Pours orange, with white/beige head.
Aroma is malty and fruity.
Taste, sugary, fruity, lightly hoppy with some caramel malts.
After taste remains quite hoppy. A good IPA but I saw nothing that would set it apart from all the other CA IPA’s.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy copper with a dense tan head that lingers for q while leaving some delicate lacing. Honestly, it looks a lot like an American barleywine...
...and it smells a lot like a barleywine as well. There is an initial citrus hop aroma, but definitely subdued. The smell is dominated by the caramel malts with butterscotch and brown sugar as well.
The taste is much like the smell. I never had it fresh, but I imagine there was a huge hop kick in this at some point. Now it’s almost all malts with a touch of citrus up front and some earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Lots of sugary sweetness and some dark fruits as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, but it is very smooth and sticks to the mouth throughout.
This beer has aged very well in my opinion though it’s certainly more of a barleywine than an IIPA at this point. Regardless of category, this is a great beer.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of citrus, some sweet malt. Tastes citrussy and bitter with a nice hint of dry malt. Mouthfeel is full bodied and enjoyable.
SacSirPlato (19) - New Buffalo, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged for almost 2 years. This beer is huge. Big on the citrus hops. Big on the malt. Something about these west coast beers really "wow" me and it’s definitely how clean and pronounced the malt is, while still being balanced by such big hops. You get all the flavor from every ingredient. Thank you Stone!
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Poured a dark amber with thin dissappating white head, very nice lacing. Aroma was floral hops, with grassy citrus undertone. Very well balanced with a crisp bitter finish. Went down smooth and was very refreshing.
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dayton Alefest sample. Dark amber, average white head and good lacing. Aroma of floral, earthy hops. Flavor has a nice balance of malt sweetness. Very drinkable for 10%. I wish I could get a bottle.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden/Amber color with an off white head. Citrus aroma, with a smooth citrus taste. Hoppy and bitter from start to finish.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber in color with a small, off white head with minimal lacing. The aroma is of citrus and fruits. The flavor is very hoppy and fruity with a note of caramel. Bitter throughout. The texture is syrupy. I’d say its a very good IPA, very enjoyable: I like this beer =)