loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a ruby-brown color with a slightly tan head. The aroma bursts out with tons of orange, lemon, and plum. The flavor is sharp citrus, sweet caramel, and piney with a massive bitter kick at the end. The fell is crisp and refreshing with a super-dry finish. This is a monstrous beer...easily one of Stoneís finest creations. Seriously, Stone needs to make this part of their regular line up.
GregClow (2806) - 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 thereís 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, itís still quite good.
burg326 (3086) - 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 (3732) - 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.
larsga (5893) - 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.)
PhillyCraft (2767) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in í10, laid a bottle down for a few months. Poured amber brown with medium head and alright lacing. Aromas and taste of prune, oak, bitter hops, crystal malts, and cereal. A little smokey also, kind of porter-ish instead of American strong. Medium to fuller bodied. Alcohol was not hidden well, more tolerable as she warmed up tho.
Iphonephan (2606) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy dark amber with an off white head. Caramel notes in the aroma. Sweet toffee flavors. Quite tasty despite the fact that the hops are pretty much aged out after 3 1/2 years of bottle age.
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from notes. I get bitter pine hops, burnt malt, caramel and loads of dark fermented fruits. I want more.
Steve_0 (2110) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is deep, murky, copper with a small khaki head and great lacing. Earthy hops, figs, caramel, brown sugar, prune, light grapefruit, and cardboard in the aroma. A lot more citrus is present as it begins to warm. Taste is earth, dirt, caramel, roasted brown sugar, prunes, and grapefruit peel on the backend. Somewhat oxidized, but has really morphed into a semi-decent American barley wine. Creamy body with high carbonation. Pretty good for 3-years-old, slight cardboard flavors, but still pretty good. Not bad!
GarrettB (899) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 Oct. 25th, 2009 - Iím writing this review today as I sip Stoneís 16th Anniversary beer. Iíve been sitting on these notes for 3 years, and the waves of nostalgia are turning into nostalgia riptides. The Stone 13th anniversary beer (ahh, to be young again!) pours a dark, deep brown, and floats a thick and creamy light brown foam, like a life raft inflated and rushing to the surface. The lacing is thick and elaborate, and would make a Victorian lady blush. The aroma is predictably hoppy, dry and dusty and quite strong. I portend a bitter beer, and I brace myself for an army of IBUís to apply a whip to my tongue. I flinch, but the strike never comes. It begins chocolatey and malty like a porter, and then goes full tilt with its hoppy dimension, but keeping that malted coffee flavor all the way through. So, basically a hoppy porter. Itís strange, and weird, and new, and exciting, but I donít like it. Itís unique, but it also doesnít agree with my palate. An adventurous brew, but an adventure Iím not suited to.
July 29th, 2010 - Updated tasting notes. Hoppy and malty nose. Deep honey sweetness, caramel, and thick too. Flavor is intense (a la Stone) and alcoholic, resembles smell, but deeper with more burnt toast and bread crust flavors. Again, strong, rakish with hops, and resembles an Imperial IPA. Enjoyed!
aleph (231) - - JUN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 3 years after recommended drink by date. Dark brown with mocha foam. Earthy, nutty aroma. Medium bitter hops, caramel malts, yeast, dark fruits of some sort, licorice. Full bodied, decent carbonation, lasting wet finish.