TBone (11735) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (BB 06/2010)
Clear dark ruby color, small tan head. Sticky cut grass hoppyness and dry yeast. Citrusy hoppy, bready malts, licorice and alcohol. Aftertaste is pleasant, but I don’t like sharp hoppyness in this beer.
oh6gdx (19933) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Ruby colour, small head. Aroma is hops, sticky alcohol, more hops and alcohol. Flavour is rather much the same. Very Stone-like hoppy super IPA, but sadly I don’t like this type of hoppyness in a beer...
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, Pours a very cloudy ruby chestnut with a frothy head of the same color, aroma is pear, citric hops, and some alcohol, smooth and juicy, with some of the fruit present and a long-lingering bitter finish
dpjuart (1033) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours Brown/Red with huge, creamy, beige head with good lacing. Sugar, caramel and a hint of hops, definitely a shadow of it’s former self. Caramel, sugar, brown sugar and bitter at the end. A touch of roast maybe. Not bad. Very Double Bastard-ie. Wish I had a chance to have it fresh. Not bad though.
Nisse666 (3669) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Magnum bottle, 2010-03-07, Göteborg
AP: cloudy dark borown/reddish coloured body, havey organic beige head. The lacing is hard to take away from glass (after ir’s finished)???
AR/F: heavy IPA (american hops etc), coffey and some bitter chocolate, carmel and great bitterness.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from shawnm213- thanks, Shawn! I cracked this open on a trip while visiting some friends and was surprised at how well-received it was, especially since I opened it later than the bottle recommended (February 2010). Pours a dark brown-orange-gold color, very odd, with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, nuts, toast, earthy hops, pine resin, citrus (mostly grapefruit), and roast. Flavor was a crazy mix of bitter, sweet, alcoholic, nutty, and roasty. All of the above notes were present and the bitterness finished most prominently. Medium-full bodied, with average carbonation. Very interesting beer, and fun to drink and share. Everyone interpreted this a little differently.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is another classic brew!!Appearance is dark and creepy with a creamy white head....taste is a hop bounty with soooo much malt to back it up!Big winner from Stone here folks!!!Third revist of this beer this year and it still kicks ass!!!
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark burnt amber with nice foamy head. Very woodsy, herbal and slighlty sweety on the nose. Woodsy taste, with a bit of ripe fruit and some tartness. Also caramel, toffee and roast from the malt. Alcohol is slghtly warming, doesn’t taste like 9.5% Warming, bitter, and tart finish that lasts a while. Taste more along the lines of a hoppy barley wine. Amazing beer, great until the last drop. Never got old or overwhelming like other strong full flavors can be. One of my new favorites, Hall of fame all the way. Too bad this is only an anniversary beer.
1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a deep ruby body with a sexy huge foamy light tan head with awesome lacing when poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass. The beer has a resinous pine hop and light grapefruit. Some turbinado sugar. The flavor has a toasted nutty malt and big hoppy flavor. Some light char. The palate was warming and bitter. Perhaps a bit of bite from the carbonation.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010-02-19, bottle from Systembolaget, 9-5-8-5-16=43
Dark color; huge head, thick and persistent, with beautiful lace. Old school aroma, straight but solid, perfumy and resiny hops, and caramel; also sweaty hop cones. The flavor is based on the caramel, without much residual sweetness; the hopping, resiny and piney, is powerful and satisfactory; it has an average body strength and a pleasant final warmth due to the alcohol.
Excellent. It should have more body to aspire to higher peaks.
2009-10-18, draught at Ginger Man, NYC, 9-5-8-5-16=43
Dark amber color, reddish. Mature and cheesy aroma, captivating. Strong body, strong caramel flavor, just some sweetness but not too much, alcohol warmth (actually pleasant). Strong bitterness, some resins in the palate. In the end it reminds me amaro (digestive liquor). Very good.