badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Cereal and caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel. citrus, cereal, and yeasty taste.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours an orange body with a thin white lacing. Mil due, oxidation, cardboard, raisin and caramel with a note of pine.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
Golden color, nice head, nice lacing. Nose of cherry and clean grassy hops. The flavor is balanced, aggressive, a bit old, but I can really taste what they were going for here, one of Stone’s better IPAs. Better than the Ruination at least.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops, piney hops, resiny hops and hoppy hops, with some maltyness. A BIG West Coast IPA. Very hoppy (resiny, piney, floral, grapefruity..) you name the hop and it there. With all those hops it still a well-balanced beer. Very smooth taste. Big grapefruit and citrus flavor. Mellow. Some yeastiness. Hides the alcohol well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Hazy orange coloured. Sour fruitiness in the aroma. Hoppy flavour, unfortunately overpowered by some sourness. Definately too old.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(3 litre magnum bottle) Sampled at RBSG 2005 in Montreal. Buttery nose with a ruination base. Piney hop flavour though the age is revealed - as its past its prime. Thin white head with a deep amber body.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 05. Very hazy murky pure orange with an ok light beige head which fades a bit. Lots of harsh citrus and pine hop aromas. Very sticky mouthfeel from the malt, but the hops dominate all the way on this one. Flavor is also somewhat harsh and metallic even. The hops have turned it almost grassy with some pine-sol. Harsh finish. Probably a lot better when it was fresh. Im surprised how much hops were still left in this beer though.
muzzlehatch (4748) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice big sample from 3-litre bottle at RBSG. Nice big pop when the magnum is opened indicates a little pressure still, that’s nice! Big orangy-solid body with a bit of visible yeast and surprisingly durable head...nose quite oxidized though reasonably pleasant, moderately malty with light dry hoppiness....body is lightly smoky, fairly full, piney and citrusy with some rustic honey....thin dry finish really shows the age. Great once I’m sure, but just OK now.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, candy-like aroma balanced with herbal/floral hops. Orange/yellow/tan coloured body with plenty of suspended yeast. White head reduces to a lasting cover. MIld citrus (grapefruit/lemon) melds with the malty sweet dominant flavour very well. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with extremely fine carbonation. Very beautifully blended. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to KP for this treat. Been fridged the whole time. Poured a clear golden amber color. Hoppy aroma was earthy and citrusy. With a fair amount of toffee. Caramel malty flavor. Malt had that "aged"/oxidized presence. But not real distracting. Still had a good amount of hop flavor running through. Light bitterness on the finish. Held up very well. Damn happy to have tried it and not disappointed.