sebletitje (6594) - 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.
j12601 (6584) - 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.
marcus (6359) - 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.
Cletus (6354) - 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.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Bottle: Fiery amber, fairly clear, moderate to large light beige head, spotty lacing, light carbonation. This looks exactly like the Baron Oktoberfest. Big sweet piney aroma, slight biscuit, hops, rich malts... did I mention sweet? Oh wow, there also seems to be quite a bit of tropical like fruit associated with this one. Rich sweet malty goodness. Very piney, on the sweeter side, with a good dose of hop bitterness.   Very warming, noticeable alcohol. Very sweet, almost cloying, with an alcohol infused hop grenade blowing up on my tongue. This one is young, and could do much better with some age (what special Stone release couldn’t?). Body and mouthfeel are big, viscous, thick, but almost on the side of "get the f*ck off of me!". I gotta hit some more of this Point Reyes Blue Cheese to take the edge off. Yeah... WOW, its like a punch in the face. Overly sweet malty goodness, with a huge follow through of hop bitterness and piney sweetness. This one is good, but brash would sum it up well. Teach it a few lessons, beat the piss out of it for a bit, and then revisit after a few years and I bet you will have a much better IIPA than it is now. Great potential, but I’m a little bruised after fighting with this one.
Ernest (6157) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of pear syrup and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Stone 7th and 8th were mostly drinkable if unexciting. Their 9th was a complete drain pour. This one is somewhat in between as far as enjoyment goes...pretty boring/dull. Not a lot of malt or hop aroma, lots of burn in the finish, quite syrupy sweet, etc. Surprising for an anniversary (or any) beer from Stone to just be a vague mess of malt and hops, but that’s all I’m getting here. I was at least expecting to have my nose torn off by the hops (it IS supposed to be a double IPA, after all, but most ordinary American IPAs are hoppier in aroma than this), but I didn’t even get that. Odd beer for this brewer.
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Golden(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 3
Intensity : 4
Yeast : XX   Bread : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX   Fusel : XX
Malt : 3   Biscuity : 2   Hay : XX   Toasty : XX   Caramel : XX   Fruity : 2   Nutty : XX   Honey : 2   Maple : XX   Molasses : XX   Cereals : XX   Grainy : 3
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 5   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : 2   Grapefruit : 4 Orange : 3   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 4
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : 3   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX   Dates : XX   Bourbon : XX   Bubblegum : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 4   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 3   Alcohol : 1   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: An unoriginal IPA, aggressively hoppy, that fixes your hop kick, feels very fresh, but the sweetness is nothing short of immense and disturbs.
arminjewell (6094) - Farmington Hills, 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!
after4ever (6088) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy amber with a thin dirty white diminishing head. Thick wavy fields of carb rising. Huge fruity citrus nose, mixed with lots of sweet caramel. Thick, sticky-sweet body, bordering on barleywine levels of substance. Incredible spicy herbal hops in the mid-palate and in the finish. Awesome hop variety, but overall, a little too sweet and sticky yet. Gets a little earthier as it warms. It’s an "after dinner IIPA," and if there’s a pleasurable point at the exact opposite of "refreshing," this beer occupies it.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a big white head. Malty, heavy hop, pine, citrus aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet finish.