mabel (8640) - 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)
bb (8572) - 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.
douglas88 (8462) - 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.
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2016 Bottle. Toffee malts, light earthy notes, some faint rustic grainy notes, and moderate oxidation. Obviously past itís prime. Like a bad barleywine. -- RERATE! -- Original rating was for an old ass bottle when this was long retired. New rating is a fresh draft sample for the 20th anniversary reboot. Pours orange with a white head. Bright lemony citric hops, grapefruit, some candy sweetness, mild-moderate bitterness, and a lingering citric hop finish. Solid.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2013 Poured out of a 2 liter growler that was filled back in October, í06 consumed 05/12/07.
The beer poured out slightly hazy with an orange-ish color to it and off white head. The level of carbonation has suffered over the intervening months. The aroma is thick Ė sweet Ė chewy pine hops with a rigid spine of sweet caramelized malts. The sharp pine hop aroma has really softened over the months. Behind that is a light dark fruitiness and some sense of the ABV. As it warms it smells more and more like a barleywine as the dark fruit notes grow with intensity. The flavor starts out smooth and seemingly flavorless, oddly enough. Then sweet pine hop flavor breaks the smoothness apart along with caramel maltiness and dark fruitiness. The taste stays kind of even to about midway. As the finish approaches the prune, date and plum fruitiness grows. At the finish the remaining pine hop bittering notes struggle to assert themselves. They have been render only a shadow of what once was.
BMan1113VR (7917) - 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!
after4ever (7619) - 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.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured an almost clear toffee/brown with a nice initial cap of off-white head. The nose packed a punch with alcohol fueling pear and grapefruit sweetness.. juicy and assertive. The flavor picked up grapefruit and pears first, transitioning to caramel and more aggressive alcohol and sticky notes... smooth middle leaving a prickly coating long after the finish. Heavier-bodied. Really enjoyed this one!
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, drank 5/27/2011. Wow. Poured a amber/copper color, small white head, dissipates quickly. Aroma was mellowed over the years, notes of pine, touch of citrus. Flavor was smooth, malty, touch of bite left from the remaining hop notes. Aroma was no where near as good as the flavor was.
Ernest (7361) - 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.