xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby red amber with a thin malty colored head. Flavor is bitter with hints of toasted malts and nuts. A good strong offering from Stone. Must try.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown with tan head. Rubbing alcohol on the nose with licorice, rotting wood and vanilla. Taste is licorice, alcohol, chocolate and dark cherry. Slightly past its prime.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red-amber with a moderate light brown/auburn head and good lacing. Nose is hops and hops, with some hops...and a little caramel-like malt. Flavor is about the same story as the nose: tons of bitter hops in every facet of the taste, juxtaposed against a slightly roasty, very brown-sugar based malt of hefty size. Very heavy and thick...almost like drinking syrup. Finish is mostly hops as well. Similar to an Arrogant Bastard with some extra hops and a slightly roasted malt...quite good, obviously.
cfrancis (3164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Don for this. Pours a dark brown with a slightly almond head with good lacing. Aroma is very hoppy and malt. Taste is like a malt bomb with a huge hop bitterness. The malt is slightly roasted and a full mouthfeel. The malt overshadows the hop flavours which disappoints me as I’m a huge fan of Stone’s traditional hop flavours. Well back to Ruination for me.
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"big hop-bomb aroma right when i opened the bottle. i knew this was easily Stone’s hoppiest beer coming in, and being that they are my favorite brewer, expectations were sky high. the aroma was fresh hops with a nice sweet malty balance. the color was darker than i expected (slightly darker than OB Gordon) whch is my closest point of comparison. An imperial red all the way. Big body and a huge (surprisingly so) malt flavor to equal the massive hops. great tasty brew all the way around. at least Gordon’s equal. More blanced and complex."
back (1856) - Holstebro, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:humle citro malt vanilje hasselnød Ud.:uklar Skum:langhold rolig E.smag:sød lidt bitter moderat Krop:medium For.:sirupsagtig Brus:livlig
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rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle is labeled with a nice description of the beer and it’s born on date of June 2009.
Appearance: The body has a very deep dark crimson red appearance with a light haze. From the bottom of the glass comes a steady stream of carbonation which helps to support the thick long lasting beige head. On the glass the head leaves behind lots thick sticky lace patterns.
Smell: In the nose there is a full robust load of beautiful concentrated hops. They are mostly citrusy/grapefruity hops with some piney and resiny notes as well.
Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of huge full bodied and concentrated flavor that attacks the palate in a good way. Hop flavor feels concentrated and rages from citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, to lemon zest and resiny pine like notes with some musty leafy character and herbal notes as well. All of this intense hop flavor and bracing bitterness is all backed up by a solid malty sweetness which adds notes of brown sugar, roasted barley, caramel and mellow warming alcohol. I also get notes of overripe stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. This all weaves in and out on the tongue before ending with a long hop up finish. The texture is thick and chewy, slick with light carbonation.
Notes: This is one the best beers I have tried from Stone. Outstanding and intense.
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque mahogany brown color. There was a small tan head that doesn’t linger long, but does leave some lacing. The aroma is quite good. Pine and citrus hops are up front, but you can tell they are being masked somewhat by the malt. Some caramel and toffee, as well as a bit of breadiness. The taste is bitter, with the pine and citrus hops up front, but malts trying to mask them. I get some bitter chocolate, toffee, spice and some others that can’t quite get to the top. Very nice. I missed drinking it in 2009, since it got shuffled to the back of the fridge.
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.