arminjewell (8622) - 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 (8601) - 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 isn’t 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.
MartinT (8550) - 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 I’m not sure they’re cohesive yet.
DocLock (8530) - 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. I’ll be doing a side by side with this and Weyerbacher DS and 11th later. Is this a top 50 beer? I’d have to say no. It is a great IIPA, but I’ve had many that are as good or better. Still, if I could find this, I’d buy a case or two in a heartbeat. I’m sure this one will age extremely well.
jercraigs (8485) - 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 (7955) - 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 “Drink for Charity” 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.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
September 9th 2006 bottle with nearly two years of age. This stuff is at its prime. Thick pour leaves a medium sized, rocky off-white head covering a hazy toffee colored body. Nice lacing left by the head. Smells like a nice barely wine with tons of toffee, caramel, plums and some faded hops and alcohol. Wow, taste is increadible, with caramel and lots of it, followed by alcohol then some light and faded citrus hop bitterness and a bit more malt and fruit (fresh juicy oranges mingle with plums, raspberries and rasins) in the finish. Perfectly aged, and at its prime. Light alcohol warming with a creamy mouthfeel and very faint bubbles. A great aged IIPA. I would buy a lot more of this, but I feel it won’t improve much beyond another year. To me, it its current state, it reminds me a lot of Old Guardian, only better!
sebletitje (7801) - 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 (7554) - 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.
bb (7510) - 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. It’s great but could use more resin in the flavor to cut some of the sweetness.