otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark mahogany stared back at me underneath a massive coppery head which fades in rocky clumps and puffs, leaving chunks of lace on the sides of my glass. She swirls nicely, growing more rocky clumps while spreading her lace more evenly. The nose? Ah, the nose. Fresh hops, come to Kristyn. Mm! Mm! Good. Her nose smells like shoving one’s own nose deep into a handful of fresh hop cones just picked off the bine, their oils sticking to fingers and hands. Pine needles and sap, fir, and hop oils fly high above melba toast and dry wood. The bark of pine and fir trees comes to mind. Green apples flitter by while burnt sugars caramelize into caramel, maple, and brown sugar crunchies. Sniff and repeat. Air fresheners should be made of this. My first quaff is not shy by any means, and I revel in the pervasive freshness of it all. Crisply hopped with crunchy sweetness and wood, an immediate dryness of palate brings me right back for more. The top of my tongue tingles under her bitter assault while red and green apple skins are peeled for my snarfing pleasure. With each quaff, sticky lips revel in layer after layer of pine sap and hop resins. A slightly frothy mouthfeel floats her flavors across my tongue and down my throat for very easy drinking. A long finish revels in crunchy burnt sugars, and soon I find myself standing in a pine forest, fall leaves crunching under my feat, the air ripe with forestry esters. While I usually enjoy my beers well at room temperature, I found the Stone 13th Anniversary Ale reveled in a slight chill. Delicious, invigorating, and thirsty, I kept coming back for more until there was no more to come back for.
seke (12) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml (1 pt 6 fl oz) bottle purchased at Systembolaget (Sweden’s government-controlled monopoly beer/wine/liquor store). The brewery marked it "Enjoy in 2009" and the Swedish importer "Best before June 2010". It is still a perfectly enjoyable beer, even though the hop character may have declined somewhat.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazed brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of light brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, slight caramel with a decent bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
old notes. pours chesnut, non-translucent. this is a big sugary beer. added alcohol burn and floral hops to boot. some citrus and resinous characteristics as well. pretty standard..
lefossoyeur (394) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a creamy head. beautiful aromas of caramalized sugars and piny hop resins. Huge mouthfeel, warming, medium CO2, resinous, sweet caramel malts, very barley-winesque. Another winner from Stone...
imaragingbull (552) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22fl.oz bottle. 9.5% ABV. Suggested drink date, 2009 therefore not expecting the optimum experience. Pours deep deep amber ruby with intense light tan head. Piney and citrus aromas are light, dominated by a strong sweet caramel toffee. Complex malt flavours of burnt sweet toffee, combine with a a strong bitterness, with the medium-full body with the hop flavours shining through towards a tad alcoholic, hot finish. Flavours feel a little unbalanced, i bet the hop freshness made this one - as the label reads should have been consumed in 2009. Take heed should you see this one in the shop, we’ve missed the boat on this one.
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
its stone so you cant really go wrong. dont age it doesnt get any better just drink it if you still have it.
Chalsk (973) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky reddish-brown color with an off-white soapy head. Has an aroma of raisins, caramel, and citrus. The hops have mellowed a bit. The raisin sweetness is at the forefront. A bitter, caramel finish, with the raisin taste present throughout. Nice medium mouthfeel. The raisin flavor is too dominant for me. Otherwise a very nice brew.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle on 11/13/09. Pours garnet with a dark ivory head. Has a monstrously nitric oxide aroma. The beer is quite grassy. This is a very hoppy brown ale. There are overwhelming hops at all dimensions to this. A beer this unbalanced deserves to be aged for quite some time before trying.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear ruby color with a thin tan head. Solid aroma of resinous hops with smoked and toasted malt. Solid flavor of resinous hops, toasted malt and a strong, lasting bitterness. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. This is quite intense and tasty!