Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a deep reddish brown with a good sized tan head that left some nice lacing. Very piny nose with some toasted malts. Flavor has good hop bitterness with lots of sweet and toasted malts. A descent beer from Stone.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Decent looking brew...deep dark burgundy...off-white frothy suds atop. Nose was pretty much all hops...but with a certain amount of depth, showcasing some notes of winter pine, mint, and alcohol...in fact, its fairly strong in the minty character. Flavors are dry and bitter and pretty much concentrated on heavy notes of grapefruit rind with a touch of crushed mint. There really isnít much of a malt background at all. In fact, the more I drink this, the more I realize that this beer does not taste very good and its certainly not refreshing in anyway....even if I try real hard to like it...it doesnít really seem as though much thought went into it .
The more I drink these anniversary ales and the vertical epics and pretty much every Stone beer for the last 5+ years, it occurs to me that these beers taste like nothing more than one-off homebrew experiments...I was thinking that BEFORE I read the rating before mine..there really isnít anything special about this beer and I guarantee that I never purchase another one for the rest of my life. It simply tastes like an unbalanced and severely overhopped nothing with an intense alcohol warmth. In fact, its like Stone went back in time to when over-hopped strong IPAs were first coming out and people were in awe because they hadnít tasted anything like this before and they seem to be trying to re-create what made Stone a stand-out brewery to begin with. Unfortunately, Stone doesnt seem to have realized that beers have seriously evolved from that day, and that this beer is nothing but a neanderthal...and that Stone itself has pretty much turned into an old timer, completely out of touch with todayís reality.
STONE IS THE METALLICA OF BEER
re-rate per Dr. Billís request: sorry, man...this shit tastes like hop infused vodka. Hot, way too bitter, not nearly enough malt backing, I took a few sips but Iíve got drain pour the rest, I do not like this at all...and need to decrease some of the numbers too.
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I liked this beer, sort of...great aroma from the massive dry-hopping...everything else is just okay for me...Tastes very much like a homebrew I made, and I donít mean that as a compliment........................................
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is strong of C hops, not much else. But very clean nose.
Pours a super deep red, espresso colored when not held up to light.
Taste is slightly chocolaty, very smooth and not overly sweet, not dry, creamy, bitter hops on the back end. Hops really shine on the nose on this one, less so much on the palate.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark red/garnet pour with light tan head, excellent retention and average looking lace. Nose is pine hops and some citrus fruit. Definite DIPA characteristics on the aroma. This one is bitter all the way through with some roasted malt and biscuit kicking in a little past the middle finishing dry and, you guessed it, bitter. Medium body with moderately high carbonation, slightly warm at the end. Decent beer overall, definitely a sipper.
dmac (3505) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits RB. Pours a deep dark red with a huge rocky beige head that leaves some decent lace and has nice lasting power as well. Aroma is a combo of citrus and pineapple hops, slight pine and caramel and amber malts. The first sip left my palate rocked by all the hops like a rookie taking a hard right hook from Tyson. The bitterness was awesome but sadly being a hop head my palate quickly shook it off within just a few sips. Medium/full cremy body rounds out this one very nicely. The flavor is citrus rind, alcohol, biscuit, slight caramel. The pumped up bitterness of this one is sort of like a hot sauce with a super pumped up hottness...it reaches itís goal but sadly at the sacrifice of a bit of the flavor. Good beer that I will grab again while itís around but I think if the alcohol and hops were toned down a bit the flavor would improve some.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brownish-red with a large off-white head. Pine resin and grapefruit pith in the aroma, backed by juicy amber malt. A malty sweetness lasts for about a second on the tip of the tongue before a huge hoppiness that nearly paralyzes the back of the mouth. The hop flavor is interesting: less soft citrus and more grapefruit rind astringency than in most Stone brews. Might be Simcoes. Well-made and quite good, but not really my style of hoppiness.
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep reddish color with about half an inch of head that is staying around for me very nicely. On the nose I am getting some pine, slight citrus with floral hop aromas in there as well. I love the red on this guy! Full bodied, but to me very sessionable still especially at 9.5%. On the palate I am getting pine notes up front, but quickly fading into strong hops. One thing I am seeing though as I am having a few more sips of this guy is that almost the malt is subduing the hops a bit to balance it out more. I have to say the bitterness is truly almost a bitter sweet to me. Once again Stone does it again. You guys rock with another kick ass anniversary beer!
p00lshark95 (3) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shoprite Hoboken NJ. Bottled. Very nice nose. Pine mixed with cherries and chocolate. Nice head. Very hoppy, although the malts bring out enough sweetness to balanced and contrast the bitterness. Taste is same as the nose just a tad bit sweeter than i would have thought from the aroma. Good Beer!
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep dark cranberry red color, clear, with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is hugely hoppy with resin, pine and peppery notes. Taste is big, bitter citrus hops with some spicy, leafy hops notes also. Big malty notes also with toffee, honey, and faint tropical, berry and dark fruit notes. Light boozy alcohol notes. Full bodied and the bitterness really lingers on the palate in a nice way.