marcus (7083) - 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.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[2428-20090807] 1pt6floz bottle. Grapefruit sweet hops and pips aroma. Clear, red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Tasty evergreen grapefruit flesh flavour with some hops-infused citrus rinds. Medium-full body is very bitter. Super hoppy, super bitter.
(c/o Sean, w/ others)
KyotoLefty (6964) - 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. Iím not usually so impressed by Stone, but this was great.
douglas88 (6690) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a bright copper/amber color with a massive beige head and lots of sticky lacing. A strong, sweet aroma; some caramel, rich and fruit hops jump out, and a strong alcohol note that announces this as a young beer. A sweet taste of rich caramel malts, lots of bitter hops dominate early then they give way to the sweet earthy caramel malt. Very nice. Stone is quality.
drowland (6569) - Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Proof in a pint glass. Pours dark red with bright red highlights. The aroma is big hops all the way, mainly of the citrusy, pee, and almost sweaty variety. The flavor is big sweet up front with good fresh and citrusy hops, followed by some bitterness.
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#1500!!!!! On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Pours a deep amber. Big piney, resiny, sticky hop aroma. Taste is hop explosion. Big hops are attempted to be tamed by the malts to no avail. Malts add a nice dimension. Wonderfully balanced & a great beer
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Coles in Buffalo. Pours dark red brown with a beige head. The aroma is way hoppy, with floral and citric notes, as well as some sweet and light roasty malt notes. The flavor is slightly over the top hoppy, with floral and piny notes. Light roasted malts and sweet notes of toffee sit in the background. Very good, but a little too over the top for my taste.
Ernest (6514) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
A simple, caustic, astringent hop attack, but thatís probably what they were aiming for. Problem is, Iím not the right kinda target for this. Average aroma for the style, and crude and somewhat unpleasant in the mouth. Passable.
after4ever (6468) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a grainy and quite opaque dark muddy brown. It has a gorgeous thick disc of creamy tan mousse on top, but watching the dirty surge of carbonation during the pour, itís a face only a beer nerd could love. Lesser mortals would start to feel burpy and bloated just at the sight of the thing. Nice big sweet herbal/piney hops on the nose, almost a bright basil note in with the distinct tree-like notes. Thick, creamy body with plenty of tingling carb. Great body. Still tons of herbal/piney hops there on the mid-palate. Yes, Stone, there are toffee and sweet doughy malt notes on the mid-palate, but theyíre under a serious pine-hop tsunami. Things start getting really resinous near the end, and thereís a long resiny finish after this stuff heads for the gullet. Iíd like to point out that I had one bomber of this stuff and woke up snoring with my mouth closed last night, tilted over on the couch. Iím kinda surprised I didnít see little bluebirds twirling around my head before I toppled over. This beer hits you like the depraved love child of Mike Tyson and a winged gargoyle.
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body. Spicy citric oily aroma with earthy notes. Bittersweet earthy spicy linoleum taste with resiny orangey notes. Mid-bodied. Sharp, hot mouthfeel. Dry-bitter resiny oily spicy aftertaste with earthy herbal notes. A bit too sharp and busy. (0.65l bottle shared by gr0ve.)