Cannile (11) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle, snifter. A DEEP deep ruby red shimmers through this Stone 13th Anniversary ale (not said, but I consider this an imperial red without a doubt). Moderate lacing, 1-finger lasting tan head, no chill haze, clear. Absolutely gorgeous appearance. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, biscuit malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Upon tasting, Chinook instantly pops out, followed by strong hop bitterness, piney and spicy. Caramel, biscuit, and toffee notes, followed by a hint of deeply roasted malts. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste with a slight alcoholic kick (9.5% abv) as it warms your body. Surely a palate-killer. Noted on the bottle "DO NOT CELLAR. Enjoy in 2009." Definitely a beer worth buying over and over again while it’s available. Cheers!!
TimE (4067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red color with strawberries, citrus and caramel dominating the nose. The mouth is hugely hoppy with big citrus notes, caramel and milk chocolate. Full bodied and teetering toward being cloying, but never gets there. Alcohol well hidden. Bad ass beer.
radiomgb (2481) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Very deep mahogany in colour with a long lasting tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma is incredibly hoppy, pine, lemons, earth and caramel malts come through. The flavour is highly bitter with lots of citrus hops, pine, very sticky, chewy, bitter and big. Highly bitter mouthfeel, large body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, very bitter, sweetness at the end. This has had time to mellow so I can only imagine the bitterness of the fresh sample. Earth and caramel are starting to come though now making this a juicy DIPA.
Desverger (3612) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from Bottle - dark brown pour with beige head. aroma and taste is sweet malty, caramel, toffee, nice mouthfeel, decent drop.
Travlr (15626) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Churchkey. Pine, grass and citrus aroma, lots of caramel, good body. Nothing complex, just lots of hops and malt
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The body has a very deep dark crimson red appearance with a light haze. From the bottom of the glass comes a steady stream of carbonation which helps to support the thick long lasting beige head. On the glass the head leaves behind lots thick sticky lace patterns. In the nose there is a full robust load of beautiful concentrated hops. They are mostly citrusy/grapefruity hops with some piney and resiny notes as well. The flavor is full of huge full bodied and concentrated flavor that attacks the palate in a good way. Hop flavor feels concentrated and rages from citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, to lemon zest and resiny pine like notes with some musty leafy character and herbal notes as well. All of this intense hop flavor and bracing bitterness is all backed up by a solid malty sweetness which adds notes of brown sugar, roasted barley, caramel and mellow warming alcohol. I also get notes of overripe stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. This all weaves in and out on the tongue before ending with a long hop up finish. The texture is thick and chewy, slick with light carbonation.
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ale Alpharetta. Well this was a fun cellar pull. I honestly cannot believe how hoppy this still is pine, resin hops (faded, but still very much there), caramel, big malty, earthy, some citrus notes. Very good considering the age.
GTAEgeek (1445) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Ale Alpharetta. Caramel, resin, pine, and some mango in the nose, with a sweet flavor and some significant bitterness through the finish. Heavy body, sticky, and very thick. Considering that the bottle specifically says to consume this fresh, nearly 5 years of age has been very kind to this beer. Still has a good aroma, and a relatively balanced flavor. Much more malty than the description say, but still very tasty.
GregClow (2974) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the depths of my stash that I *think* I got from HogTownHarry quite some time ago. Hazy reddish-brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is quite oxidized, but with a nice dried fruit character - figs and apricot most notably - along with some dried tobacco leaf, a bit of mint, and surprisingly still a fairly prominent resiny hop note. Flavour starts with the dark dried fruit promised in the aroma, along with some burnt toffee. The finish is a bit stale - the beer is nearly 5 years old, after all - but there’s still enough pine and citrus bitterness to satisfy. I can imagine this being a spectacular beer when it was fresh, but even in this inadvertently aged form, it’s still quite good.
burg326 (4579) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber color with aromas of toffee, caramel, earth and some sugar. Flavors are the same light bozziness in the aftertaste a decent beer from stone.
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 8-19-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a fizzy tan head with a long retention, transparent reddish brown body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, alcohol, bitter, pine, and citrus hops. The Taste is bitter, caramel malt, earthy, pine, and citrus hops. This beer has a moderate dry finish. The Palate is sticky and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, there is definitely a hoppy presence in this beer. It is a beer for hop heads, too hoppy and bitter tasting for my liking, and worth trying.