Sammy (9524) - 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 (1973) - Alexandria, Virginia, 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 (7994) - 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!
johnbuck100 (251) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brew, heavy on roasty flavors well-balanced by bitterness of malts. Very full flavor, leaves one’s mouth a bit numb with hops. I bit heavy for memorial day but I am not complaining!
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark amber burgundy color with a light tan head. Strong hoppy aroma. Fresh grass and pine with a hint of malts poking through here and there. Nice lacing. Balanced flavor that I think leans more to the hop side. Medium bodied malty smoothness is covered by carbonation, spices and sharp citrus. Finishes all hops, harsh, slightly bitter, hangs in the back of the throat. A well done blend of malts and hops, a little more hops that I would prefer though.
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown in color with a large off-white head. Aroma is of pine, grass, and hops. Taste is of hops, lightly roasted malt, and pine.
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogony color, hoppy with a fruity crispness. Enjoyable in that the finish didn’t disappoint. As with most Stone’s, I enjoyed the hoppiness.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color from the pour with little to no haze, tan head, and overall very handsome beer. Nose has mixed berry & citrus aromas with some light pine. On the palate there’s a wallop of both malty and hop flavors that intermingle well, with some dark fruits, dark chocolate, and uber herbal flavors. Finish is long and herbal sweet.
probstblueribbon (3297) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Brilbeck’s (Syracuse) shared with Lubiere, served cold in a goblet. 14MR10.
App.: Very deep mahogany/brown with a frail, light mocha head.
Aroma: BIG. Tons of molasses, licorice, a touch of brine/soy sauce, vanilla and cocoa notes, dank, piny, woodsy hops, some C-hops, citrus, lovely.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly still.
Flav.: Richer, friendlier malts in a way, lots of dark dried fruits, brown sugar and molasses, the more severe pine/resin/licorice notes are softened nice caramel, licorice, hops in the finish, sweet and quite bitter with some alcohol and harshness.
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone Week sampler at Finnegan’s, Plainfield. Deep brown color, not quite like a porter, more an English brown. Still has a big hoppy nose, but a bit of fruity ale to it. Serving was a bit too cold for the beer, I think, but it still had a lot of hop burn, and more warming alcohol, with more ale esters. After that, the taste has yet more IPA bigness. Almost too much to handle after all the other heavily hopped samples I’ve had.