ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from City Beer. The best beer I have had from them in a while. Nose is full hops, roasted malt, and imperial red flavors. Color is a highly enticing deep bloody brown. Flavor is so hoppy that it flips around and starts to taste like coffee or roast. What a hot, minerally finish. I will have this again.
jason (1686) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a nice dark brown body with a generous head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus and pines with some cherry notes. Flavor is bitter, piney and malty. Very thick palate and somewhat of a dry finish. Interesting and complex and may need to be cellered for a short time for an interesting re-rate.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at Tustin Brewing, gorgeous looking garnet pour with a tan head, the not so surprising flavors of hops hit you along w/ fruit flavors. very nice beer.
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark amber with very thick light tan head, lots of lacing. Head stuck around for almost entire glass. Aroma strong of citrus hops, pine, strong caramel malt, and slight raisins and dried plums. Flavor is all over the board, but comes together for a great final product, matching the aroma pretty well. Mouthfeel is slightly slick. Finishes bitter and pleasant.
pbts (2) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like a mellowed-out Arrogant Bastard. A good beer, but in my opinion, not worth the price.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Copper amber in the glass with red highlights. Big fluffy latte colored head. Nose is hoppy, citrus sweet, and brown sugar hidden. Taste is much the same. Refreshing, hoppy, sweet. Reminds me of a number of the Lagunitas brews (Lucky 13 maybe?). Complex in the mouth. Pretty good.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. What an amazingly fresh, eye opening beer this was. So clean, so enjoyable...it really showcases the hops in a way that is rarely seen. The beer pours out a dark copper/amber color with a 1" thick creamy tan head. The headís creamyness stayed nearly the entire length of my pint consumption. The aroma is a blast of resinous, opulent piney hops, mango, peaches, alcohol, and sweet caramel. Flavor has such a clean hop/malt combo itís like listening to the great harmonies of John and Paul. Pine sap, toffee, peaches, alcohol, bitter orange peel, and caramel syrup just make this soooo fín drinkable. Kudoís to Stone for making this a memorable anniversary beer.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark crimson red, brown, but with a light behind, it has the red glowing through it.
I have to say, the last two Anniversary Ales havenít made me giddy. The tenth was beyond perfection, and I evne still have several in the fridge. [they are maybe beyond peak, but still way great]
back to the present.....
the nose isnít quite there..... some pine and something esle, but not what i think it should be for something off the truck....
Nice frothy head, not quite the tiny bubbles, but nice slibhty tqan head. Sticky lace down the sides...
Interesting taste... bitter then malt, then sweet... not sure how they do it... um, this is my um... 6th bottle over 8 days, and ivíe gotta say this is pretty good, but not quite the 10th...
However, if they want to keep this with the 10th and along of course with ruination and the rest, well iím all for it. lol...
I am curous how this will be in a coulple of weeks...
OK, Iím all for this being a keeper, Iím going back for another case!
trevor211 (1369) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pour! Deep, dark ruby red, with a medium-sized head the color of burnt cream. Huge hop bomb right off on the nose. Pine resin and grapefruit, and man is it crisp. Detectable caramel malts, but the hops really shine in here. The flavor starts out with the citrus and resiny hops, which fade for just a second to allow the burnt-toffee / caramel (very roasty) malts to come through. Just as you think it might mellow out into smoother malts, it slaps you back into an intense hop bitterness, which dries it out and lingers forever in your mouth. This stuff is dynamite. A real palate bomb, and a kickass brew if you can handle it.
drjay44 (2800) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, shared with myself. Pours an off white head which rapidly decreases to a thin layer, with some lacing, over a clear dark reddish amber (SRM 25) body........nose is a pine forest, heavy with resin, also toffee, and a bit of citrus.......taste initially has hints of heavy sweet malt, but pine, resin, come in and linger long, with just a hint of citrus......mouth feel is thick and chewy, carbonation medium. This is almost a Barley Wine in its presentation, but Stone says drink it now, as does Russian River with Pliney the Elder. It must have to do with the flavor changes of the hop profile. This is remarkably well balanced.