Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soury fermented fruit and citrus w/ hints of flowers on the nose... Soury w/ grapefruit in the mouth, it was creamy and smooth, light bodied. This beer poured a very cloudy orange color w/ gold hues, thin lasting head and thick lacing.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer comes courtesy of Chris Quiroga who was more than gracious in sharing his Stone Anniversary series last night. This beer pours a cloudy orangey color with hints of yellow and a thin white head which dissipated quickly enough. The aroma is piney...very piney...like pick the hops from my teeth piney and strangely enough sweet from caramel perhaps? The flavor is heavily piney..i mean really, did ya expect it to change? Significant levels of carbonation here... i cant believe this beer held up so well over the course of time. Very little if any of the 6.9% alcohol presence. Big time bittering tang....hoptacular!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to cquiroga for sharing.
This IPA has held up well. Dry, bitter & tasty, I would have loved to have tried it upon its release.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi-clouded copper color with an off-white lacey head. This has a good deal more hoppiness than the year older 3rd Anniversary IPA. Still has some oxidation in the aroma, but has aged quite well. Nice caramel malty body has a good hoppy bitterness and crisp finish. Smooth, enjoyable, and plenty drinkable. Many thanks to cquiroga for bringing this to the GABF RateBeer gathering!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed this a bit more than the 3rd, as I felt it held up a hell of a lot better. Taste had a bit more fruit to it although after all this time the hops fell. out. I could still taste some grapefruit as well as the bitter hops. Thanks again Chris.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, almost cloudy, orange body and a tight silky head. Ultra malty with elements of rich, buttery nuts and stone fruit. Little hop presence. I could see this being a very fine beer about two years ago. Different malt profile, but neither better nor worse than Stone 3rd. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing another dinosaur in a bottle.
egajdzis (5581) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone vertical in DavidPís room, GABF weekend... Poured a cloudy brownish gold color with a large white head and nice lacing on the glass. Spicy, citrus hop aroma. A nice tropical fruitiness in the aroma. Taste was oxidized, though not as bad as the 3rd Ann. Sweet tropical fruitiness (melons) and more bitterness than the 3rd as well. Also just a tad past its peak, but still a rare opportunity to try these!
Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a strong hops taste. Itís okay. I was not that crazy over it. Has a slight head and bitterness.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
9/1/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 9/1/04. An awesome treat for a birthday surprise. Special thanks to Sam at the Stuffed Sandwich for pulling this out and to my momma for buying it! Hazy muddy orange-amber color. Slight, dense head that disappears quickly. For a 4-year-old IPA, Iím impressed that itís there at all! Rocky, with light lacing and lumpy clusters of head all over. Nose is very malty for an IPA, mostly of light caramel. Flavor has mellowed a ton, nicely round and pretty smooth. The mouthfeel is really nice. Thick and silky. A bit of acidity and a big, dark and dirty hop shock at the end. Drying and dirty finish, long and lightly growing into a lovely warm glow. Some pine and a bit of a minty herbal undertaste. Aged grapefruit rind and citrus. Quite nice overall, but I remember it being better when I had it on draft last summer at Stuffed Sandwich (even much better than the 5th Anniversary at the time, but this bottle was not nearly as good). Still nice, and Iím delighted to have tried it again. Better than the sum of its parts.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 This may be my favorite stone beer of all-time.... Itís a shame I only had 2 bottles. Pours a deep golden orange with aromas similar to a barleywine.... Hops smelled old, but appetizing and aromas of bananas were also there. Flavors of old hops, a little vanilla, with a wonderful mouth feel. I am glad that this brew stood up to age as it did, because I had an 03.03.03 the other night that changed for the worst.