DuffMan (7624) - 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!
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pamplemousse, Salem MA, 22 October 2009. Deep red colour. Nice condition. Complex aroma. Obviously , big resinous hop is in the forefront but it is backed up by plummy fruit, juicy malt and a hint of bitter chocolate. Sweetish initial impact on the palate with powerful, pungent hop attack. Gooseberries and fruity marmalade contribute to the flavour. Developing citric bitterness leads in to a bittersweet, somewhat astringent finish and lingering aftertaste. Full, rich mouthfeel but fresh and vibrant too. However, the alcohol is rather hot and, coupled with the intense bitterness, induces a slightly harsh edge. Might soften out with some time but this is not a beer to age and mellow - the brashness of youth is a key element in its appeal.
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours copper, thick beige head.
aroma is hoppy, fruits; grapefruit.
flavor, some light spicy hops, caramel, malts. Overall profile had plenty of hops though the beer wasn’t overly bitter.
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a light hazy brown with a thin tanned beige head. Big pine hops with a thick malt backbone. Nice caramel notes, and perhaps even a hint of barleywine-esque plum/dark fruit. A little bit on the thin side of medium. Malty and sweet, but well balanced, finishing with a big grapefruit and quinine bitterness.
phaleslu (7373) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from shawnm213- thanks, Shawn! I cracked this open on a trip while visiting some friends and was surprised at how well-received it was, especially since I opened it later than the bottle recommended (February 2010). Pours a dark brown-orange-gold color, very odd, with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, nuts, toast, earthy hops, pine resin, citrus (mostly grapefruit), and roast. Flavor was a crazy mix of bitter, sweet, alcoholic, nutty, and roasty. All of the above notes were present and the bitterness finished most prominently. Medium-full bodied, with average carbonation. Very interesting beer, and fun to drink and share. Everyone interpreted this a little differently.
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours deep clear amber with nice tan head. The aroma is full of hops with sweet citrus moving into pine and grassiness and with some sweet maltiness in the background. The taste is much the same with a full base of malty goodness that gets crushed by a boat load of hops. I get pine and grassiness with some citrus in the back mixing with a modest level of malts and a thin layer of caramel. It doesn’t smell or taste like the hoppiest Stone brew. Maybe they meant happiest. IMO there are a couple I thought were hoppier. Maybe it’s my changing palate.
KyotoLefty (7339) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the Horse Brass.
Dark brown with a huge red tint and a sliver of lace. Fruity gumball aroma with cherry and chewy malt flavor. Fragrant and complex with huge bitterness coming very late. I’m not usually so impressed by Stone, but this was great.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured a lovely shade of clear, deep garnet with a well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of resiny pine and grapefruit over thicker, syrup-ier caramel and molasses.. the base came across as good and juicy. The flavor found was tangy and bitter the whole way through, opening with pine tar and a bit of citrusy tartness.. the same caramel and molasses from the nose provided a sweet base.. pine, grass, floral, and citrusy bitterness washed around the mouth and stuck until well after the finish.. thick, warm, and bitter at the end. Heavier-bodied with too much emphasis on the hoppage.. I dug the way the malts came across, but they were too hard to get ahold of.. still a mighty good brew.
marcus (7308) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sacramento Brewing. This dark brown beer poured with a decent tan head and a plum aroma. The flavor is treacle and spice with, surprisingly, a lot of hop bitterness and some carbonation. This is a very nice recipe which is worthy of anniversary status.
bb (7306) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich copper color with a nice tan head. Big summer fruit aroma. Caramel and sumemr fruit flavor with a bit of grapefruit and pine. Good bitterness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel, sumemr fruit, and grapefruti/pine linger. Nice.