DocLock (9894) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Brock_Landers for this one. Pours dark coppery with 1-finger sticky head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malt, some spicy black pepper and fruit notes. Tastes extremely hoppy, with notes of mango, tangerine, caramel malt, and feety earthy notes. Tastes a lot like a mixture of weyerbacher Double Simcoe and 11th Anniversary. Gets a bit hot as it warms, and the malts fall out a bit, causing a slight unbalanced heat, and this one is a true hop bomb. Iíll be doing a side by side with this and Weyerbacher DS and 11th later. Is this a top 50 beer? Iíd have to say no. It is a great IIPA, but Iíve had many that are as good or better. Still, if I could find this, Iíd buy a case or two in a heartbeat. Iím sure this one will age extremely well.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by HogTownHarry - many thanks! Orangey amber body witha moderate thick fluffy beige head. Aroma of moderat resiny hops, muted orange citrus notes. Similar flavour, hops with a strange but pleasant earthy notes, not overly bitter and very different from what I expected. Average palate is quite smooth (3+). Alcohol is barely noticable - I did not realise it was so high! This is very good, but I only like it, not love it.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the ďDrink for CharityĒ event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. The last of the Stone anniversaries I drank, as I still have the 11th and 12th at home and wanted to save space for other exciting things. Pours a clear brown amber with a thin white head. Plums, prunes, and caramel. Comes off almost exactly like the 9th, though not as oxidized. Light bitter finish.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel-covered biscuits and citrusy, piney hoppiness starkly seize the palate, as alcohol heats up the back end alongside the rigid hop bitterness. This is an intense and wealthy strong ale, no doubt.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the clear honeyed amber.
-Fruity honey adds to the caramel malt sweetness.
-Mouthfeel is chewy and well fed, and the soft carbonation makes it obvious.
-Lots of flavors speeding about, but Iím not sure theyíre cohesive yet.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle
Deep amber coloured beer with a thin white head. Lovely hop aromas of grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of peppery alcohol as well. Sweet pale malt with a touch of caramel. Peachy/orangey aroma as well with a bit of cologne and spice as well. The flavour is quite boozy but there is a lovely spicy/orangey character that I find myself quite liking. Itís a very good brew, a bit too alcoholic IMHO and while all of the components are nice enough it doesnít really distinguish itself all that much either. Bitterness is surprisingly
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber from a bottle today. Still a nice lasting off white head, aroma is definitely subdued hops but has a nice caramel, bread, and toffee malt. Much more like a barleywine now, really smooth slightly piny hops in the beginning leads into a sweet caramel and toffee taste that is still a bit bitter. Not bad in its current state, but with this malt profile it must have been an awesome DIPA in its day. Glad I got to try it!
3fourths (9108) - 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.
sebletitje (9089) - 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.
marcus (9029) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This golden/copper ale poured with a foamy off-white head, eliciting a strong citrus and hop aroma. The complex flavor includes characteristics of pine, grapefruit and roasted malt. These flavors are very pleasant but are, unfortunately, overwhelmed by hop bitterness and alcohol. Hopheads will probably enjoy this beer, but it was just too bitter for my taste.
alexsdad06 (8919) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 L bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized dense cream colored head. The aroma is big on citrus and other fruits along with moderately sweet caramel malts. The flavor is very malty with some signs of the hops that were much more present when fresh. I did get ripe orange citrus and bitter grapefruit to go with caramel/toffee malts. The bitterness is still there in the finish. This has morphed into more of a barleywine; at least itís a good barleywine. I had the beer fresh and loved it, and this beer is still holding up quite well considering its age and the style. Probably better to drink this soon if you have them around.