Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle-man o man, now this could be the biggest dissapointment of the year for me. 06 has been great, but i was definately looking forward to stone 10 this year. With all the hype, they decided to take the easy route and do ANOTHER ipa (how boring is that?). clear oragne with a small whispy white head with some very beautiful carbonation. I will admit this one looked like a killer. nose was somewhat dissapointing-fussel, lots of sugary malt but where are the hops? they seem muddled and subdued. oh man the flavors are terrible! fussel sweet bombardment of under-atenuated mess. this went bad from sip 1. I even let it warm up to room temp-never got any better. the finish has hints of resinous hops (the chinook), but the others are nowhere to be found. surupy and thick palate that was cloying and disgusting. finish was overly sweet with lingering earthy tones, but not enough to dry out all this sweetness. more a bad barleywine than a IIPA. Even at this young age, the beer seemed oxidized. maybe they bottled this one way before they released it like they did with the 9. i dunno. All i know is that stone did a bad thing by letting lee chase leave the brewery. WTF!!!!
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from cbkschubert. Thanks Craig! A very disappointing brew. Odd funky smell that seemed like it was about a year past itís prime. Flavor is very "cherry lollipop" flavor and nothing much else going on. Odd aftertaste. I was hoping for something better.
muzzlehatch (4837) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle from Table & Vine, Northampton MA (January 2007) consumed a little below cellar temperature from a Chouffe tulip. Near-opaque dirty/cloudy orangish-rust-brown, with a well-developed and ages-lasting off-white lightly frothy head that laces beautifully....based on my last few tastings, Stoneís got the appearance thing down, anyway.....strongly pungent aroma, resinous, wet hops and light farmy qualities, overripe apricots and grapefruits with a bit caramel overlay; it doesnít all quite gel but close enough to be fun....the body is (no surprise here) extremely sweet though a strong and piercing bitterness runs throughout as well; there is a faint smoky quality to the malts, and alcohol gets fairly prominent as the liquid swirls in the mouth, with a biting peppery, boozy finish....carbonation is moderate, mouthfeel is strongly syrupy and more than a little cloying....this suffers some of the same faults as the Avery Maharaja I had last night, though itís got a more interesting and cleaner hop profile and itís a bit more drinkable; still, Iím glad I only got the one bottle as it doesnít seem like the kind of thing that aging will improve, and Iím not sure Iíll even finish this one. A juicy, somewhat tasty mess that doesnít quite work.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured amber with creamy off white head. Strong aroma of hops, citrus, and a little pine. Flavor was way off from the aroma. No hops present in the taste. Extremely malty and full of alcohol.
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazed copper color with a modest aged paper colored head. Grapefruit tossed with brown sugar and lightly glazed. HInts of pine and resin, but way too much sweet nose coating sugar to help. Iím finding it hard to take the first sip, thinking I may go in diabetic shock. Malty flavors with tons of over-ripe fruit parading about. Apricots, plums, prunes, dark candi and raisins are present in the start and fade slightly to alcohol and a light toasted malt flavor. Complex as it may be, too overpowering to enjoy in a full sip. Green hops burps bring a return of the burn in the finish and linger. Pepper and alcohol bite in the finish. Linger, while still a slight burn on the tongue, has only a modicum of intensity. Iím left waiting for more, but it all seems to strike hard in the front and middle and leave little to carry anything beyond. Young, perhaps. Perhaps just a bit too unbalance for my taste. Iím likely just not worthy.
Rastacouere (6174) - 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.
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber thanks to adrian910ss, thanks Adrian. Okay first let me start by saying I LOVE Stone and I do realize that this beer is 1 1/2 years old and I do know what happens to hops over time. I donít think my rating of this beer, #460, will destroy itís average. I am rating on what it tastes like today Feb 22nd 2008 and not what it was/could have been 1 1/2 years ago. Pours a murky orangey/reddish/brown with a large beige bubbly head. Malt dominant aroma with lots of caramel, toffee notes, a slight touch of citrus hops still lingers in the background and to a lesser extent some alcohol. Medium bodied with light carbonation and lots of alcohol warming. Flavor is shot. The hops have long ago went the way of Elvis and left the building. What remains is some caramel, toffee, bread and alcohol with a bit of a soapy aftertaste. This is the Daunte Culpepper of beers, way past itís prime but still trying to stay in the game.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 22 OZ bottle from Liq Sol. Pours an semi- clear dark orange color. Average size head. Tons of tiny bubbles work their way to the top. Lots of lace left behind as the head rapidly diminishes. Aroma contains caramels, orange, grapefrut, pine, fresh bread. This begins very sweet and syrupy upfront, then turns to some citrus bitterness, then some pine notes, and a bittersweet crisp dry grapefruit finish. Medium to full body. Sweeter than i would have thought. Rough around the edges, somewhat medicinal tasting, not nearly as good as a couple of Imp IPAís i have sampled over the past week. (Hop Rod Rye & Butte Creek Rev X are much better)
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark amber. Woody, oxidized hops in the nose. Big chewy flavour, herbal, minty hop notes. Caramel, lots of alcohol. Quite a bit of bitterness and residual sweetness. A big bag of intense.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sugar, Sugar and more sugar. A beer that does not live up to the Stone or IPA monikers. A one note wonder of a beer, see above sugar comment. Hot alcohol and overly sweet palate bordering on cloying. Bittering hops in abundance with very littly nose or flavor from late addition hopping. A very lacluster and mundane effort from a typically very good brewery.