slowrunner77 (9434) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"big hop-bomb aroma right when i opened the bottle. i knew this was easily Stone’s hoppiest beer coming in, and being that they are my favorite brewer, expectations were sky high. the aroma was fresh hops with a nice sweet malty balance. the color was darker than i expected (slightly darker than OB Gordon) whch is my closest point of comparison. An imperial red all the way. Big body and a huge (surprisingly so) malt flavor to equal the massive hops. great tasty brew all the way around. at least Gordon’s equal. More blanced and complex."
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby red with a khaki head. Hop aroma lets you know you’re in for something special while the flavor takes a strange but welcome malty turn. Reminds me of the hoppiest of red ales. Alcohol becomes evident as the beer warms. Another great anniversary brew by Stone.
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from store in Chula Vista: Poured with a thick development of frothy foamed head while the color was a deep shade of mahogany. Hoppy is the aroma with a background of pine and sweet caramelized malts that seem so harmonized in balance with each other. The flavor is rich and sweet with thick molasses syrup like touch caramel malt and strong presence of bitter hops and light citrus. This anniversary is a pure example of the unknown style I would classify as imperial red ale meets American strong ale if that makes sense to anyone.
AndyAvalanche (32) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Brown in color, if you hold it up to the light there are some slight reddish highlights to it. Has a light brown head with many different size bubbles that erupts like a volcano at first and takes several minutes to work its way back down, and provides excellent lacing. The smell is outstanding, a hope lovers dream. Pine and citrus hops jump out at you, with a slight warm feeling of alcohol blended in. The taste is also excellent. Once again stone has aggressive bold flavors and they do so with the hops here as several of their other brews in the past. Very hoppy but not as crazy as it is on tap and some time to fester in the bottle really helped, pine and citrus hops gives great flavor and blends well with the alcohol, a few earthy tones as well. Mouthfeel is very good, obviously full bodied. Very hoppy finishes bitter and warm, could be a little cleaner, good drinkability as well. Gonna miss this one.
Bought this almost a year ago and let it age. Age did it very well, I know it’s recommended to have enjoyed this one right away but I really think it mellowed out some of the flavors that were slightly too intense and mellowed them out quite nicely.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a dark, clear red with a 1/2 inch of tan foam. Leaves a milky lacing as you drink down your beer.
Aroma: A large bouquet of hops, lending a bit of citrus and pine. I also find some sweetness coming to my nose, which I would associate with rock candy sugar or turbinado sugar.
Taste: A mouthful of bitter hops that hits the front and middle of my tongue. While that flavor never quite goes away after the first sip, a trained tongue can get past that part and taste some really sugary malts, and a tad bit of fruitiness. The finish is, again, very bitter and gives off a flavor of warm alcohol. When the beer gets warmer, you get an almost berry twang as well.
Mouthfeel: First a bit astringent, then a little bit creamy. This is definitely thick and heavy, a little coating, but not sticky.
Overall: Very close in relation to Arrogant Bastard Ale from a looks perspective ,close in relation to Double Bastard Ale with its body and mouthfeel, but doesn’t really resemble 10th Anniversary Ale with its hop profile.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark garnet red with a fizzy tan head. Huge citrus, pine, and resin aroma. Sticky thick oily palate. Big hop oil, grapefruit, slight sugar, and caramel taste with more hops lingering in the finish.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a tan head. Aroma is almost entirely pine with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is dominated by bitterness. Grapefruit runs from beginning to end. There is a decent amount of toasty/caramel malt, but not nearly enough to balance out the huge hop presence. Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth carbonation. Complete hop monster and I have no problem with that.
trevor211 (1586) - 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.
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 head’s 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 it’s 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 f’n drinkable. Kudo’s to Stone for making this a memorable anniversary beer.
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown/black color with a nice off-white head. Lots of lacing, decent amount of carbonation. Aromas are very floral, lots of citrus, very hoppy smelling. The taste is all about hops, lots and lots of hops. Great biterness but a really nice balance of malts as well. Heavy mouthful, very long finish. There’s a little burn but the alcohol is hidden very well. Another great beer from Stone.