jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on draft @ the brewery. I wasn’t expecting such a large hop punch on a 6+ yr old IPA, but this one truly delivered. Nicely hopped w/ a little musty hop flavor due to the aging.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 2008 Stone Winter Storm. This was the oldest Anniversary IPA on tap, so I went straight for it as my first beer of the evening. Pours a hazy brilliant yellow color from the tap with a nice white film on top. Very floral hop aroma with lots of mellowed earth and hay tones; it seems the 7+ years of aging have done this one well! The flavor is smoothed and elegant, with a large malt profile and resiny hops finish. I’m glad I got to try this vintage brew.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
coper in color. huge hop aroma. Extremely hoppy but I wasn’t overpowered with the hops like i was expecting to be. the nice sweet maltas probobly had something to do with this. Hops linger, very nice. Thank you Greg for what you said was the last bottle. I definetly enjoyed!
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Stone Winter Storm 2008. I thought this was very mello with more malt then hops. Very nice.
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!
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle enjoyed at the 2008 Stone Winter Storm
Appearance is a cloudy orange hue, minimal head dissipates quickly, and no lacing of note
Smell is big piney hops, some slight citrus and honey sweetness, nice malt background
Taste is smooth chewy hops, followed by sugary sweetness and subtle pale malts, very slight oxidation and alcohol presence in the finish, the hops are amazingly solid and flavorful after 7 years
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, oily and thick texture, and ample carbonation
Drinkability is high, this is a very well-aged IPA/DIPA (8.5%) with a great hop profile that has stood up well over time, the alcohol is well-masked and the flavors are unique and refreshing, it was interesting to compare this to the 4th on tap which was sweeter and less hoppy, absolutely one of the top Stone beers of the day
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at winter storm at the brewery. Nice thick white billowy head with golden hue. Not alot of floral and citrus on the nose as was expected due to the age. Smooth and creamy on the tongue with moderate bitterness. Good thick malty and resiny sweetness. Very good finish. The IPA is very good.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 2, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The king of IPAs. Only true lovers of the hop should try this one, as only the true hophead could stand the pure intense rush of hops. The smell alone almost makes your eyes water, and the first sip is dazzlingly bitter. But there is also a HUGE malt background that somehow manages not to get swallowed up, at the same time bumping the ABV up to a knee-bending 8%. The 5th Anniversary is due out soon, and the brewery reports that it will be bottled regularly from then on - my prayers have been answered. One of the ten best beers on the planet.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - APR 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cinder toffee, hop funk, and grassy hops in the nose. Vinious malts, and a bit more toffee with the hops becoming a bit more assertive towards the end with an herbal bitterness. Sliding a bit closer to the charactor of a barley wine in its old age.
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.