imaragingbull (570) - 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 (1064) - 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!
SirLimpsalot (2124) - SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Det första som slår emot mig, är en enorm humlebomb. Den smakar ekstremt humle, en liten aning gula frukter, mycket gräs och annars ganska besk.
Den påminner mycket om en hetare version av Fresh Hop, som vi provade i onsdag.
Som med Fresh Hop tycker jag inte det händer så mycket med denna ölen. Smaken er mycket skarp och jag tycker den har lite “fula” undertoner av “fisk”/saltvatten. Den enorma humlesmaken gör den lite otrevlig att dricka efter ett tag.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, darker brown colored body with an orange tint to it. Finger-width, creamy, tannish brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is probably a much more subdued version of a fresh bottle, but still pretty vibrant. Lots of resiny, deep pines with grapefruits and other citruses. A good amount of caramels and some toasty toffees make for a nice, fairly sweet malt backing along with a bit of a bready character and a touch of roast. Some slightly sharp, nostril stinging alcohol too. Flavor is solid. Lots of resiny pines and some deeper earth with a good amount of sweetness that seems to come out more thanks to the nice malt backing. Plenty of caramel and toasty toffee with a roast that is slightly more distinct than the aroma, but still remains subtle. A hint of bitter dark cocoa towards the end too as this finishes dry with a high, resiny and peppery bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste with a bit of an alcohol heat following a medium body and moderate, creamy carbonation. Overall, a cool beer. Lots of hops, but a nice mixture of malts to "balance." I wish I could have tried this fresh, but it has held up nicely.
Sammy (8582) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle asks you to drink it young, so here we go. A little bit of several styles. Hops up front, citrus c, piney. Also a little roasted barleywine imperial stoutish. A little yeasty, like a Belgian IPA. Neither style overwhelms, it is a great beverage accompaniment with supper as different tastes predominate with each course. Darkish colour with generous head.
Nickls (1829) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Deep brown, copperish color, fairly clear, but dark; poured with half-finger of creamier, light tan head. Pretty strong piney/cedary hop character, backed up with a good bit of maltiness that isn’t too sweet. Taste is definitely hoppy up front with the pine notes, not quite an assault because of the strong malt presence. Maltiness is slightly sweet, but not too much. Dryish finish, and decently balanced. Pretty hefty; thicker to medium; nice subtle carbonation. Really nice drinking, bit of warming alcohol slides in
DuffMan (6683) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Haven’t enjoyed a good Stone brew in a while, so we were really looking forward to this one. Pour a gorgeous dark red-orange, hazy, with a thick creamy almond head that retains until the finish and leaves ropy lace all the way down the glass. It looks like perfection in a glass. Aroma is very rich and toasty, lots of sweet malt and spicy fruity hops. Very enticing! Flavours of burnt toffee (crust of creme brulee), tangerine peel, resin, subtle sweet spices. Chewy and full-bodied. Awesome bitter finish. LOVED IT!