bb (6861) - 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.
marcus (6773) - 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.
j12601 (6769) - 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.
mabel (6673) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[2093-20090412] Bottle. Fruity boozy hops aroma with a rich toastiness. Murky, dark red brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Heavily toasted boozy sweet malt flavour. Full body is heavy on the booze. Could be fresher but good as is.
Overheard: "To me it tastes like an old sneaker.
(w/ jerc, others)
arminjewell (6419) - 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!
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.
blipp (6349) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Toffee malts, light earthy notes, some faint rustic grainy notes, and moderate oxidation. Obviously past it’s prime. Like a bad barleywine.
Ernest (6345) - 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.
douglas88 (6324) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to Kan, made in 2006 I guess. Drank in 2010. Pours a bright and opaque red color with a thick sticky white head. The aroma is rich caramel, sweet and fruity hops. The flavor is very good, certainly changed in four years but still good; rich caramel and malts dominate, sweet hops, fruity, dusty. Very good.
5000 (6298) - 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.