bb (7068) - 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. Itís great but could use more resin in the flavor to cut some of the sweetness.
arminjewell (7045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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!
sebletitje (7028) - 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.
mabel (7015) - 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)
marcus (7001) - 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.
douglas88 (6625) - 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.
swoopjones (6545) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bomber @ Coles, Buffalo NY. Huge hop aroma with pine & citrus also evident. Seems a little maltier than most Stone IPAís Different but I like it. Prefer Ruination though.
blipp (6508) - 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 itís prime. Like a bad barleywine.
Ernest (6489) - 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 thatís all Iím 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 didnít even get that. Odd beer for this brewer.
after4ever (6405) - 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. Itís an "after dinner IIPA," and if thereís a pleasurable point at the exact opposite of "refreshing," this beer occupies it.