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.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Brewery, deep oarange pour with thick off white head. The nose is subdued grassy and floral hops, probably due to age. The flavor is similar with a malt influence. Wish I could have had this fresh.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely very hoppy. A dray taste, but extremely good if you enjoy the hops.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another good IPA by Stone.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly acidic. some mild sweetness and white grape notes from the malt. Big resinous hop profile, High alpha bitterness. Clean and spicy with an oily mouthfeel. Bitter and resinous slightly sweet finish.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color with nice head. Excellent IPA, which I usually donít care for. Couldnít believe that itís 8.5%. Itís masked well.
DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft: Stone Brewing Days 2005 at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA) Duvel tulip glass in hand, I walk into Stuffed Sandwich for their Stone Brewing Days 3-day festival, hoping Iíd find something cool, but oh my heavens, look what Sam has on tap! I never thought Iíd see this in bottle or on draft ever again. Well, actually, Iíve never seen it before, not ever, since this came out just as I was moving out to San Diego, and I had better things on my mind at the time than beer hunting. Anyway, Sam has filled my Duvel glass right to the top, as always. I sip a bit off so that I donít spill it, and amazingly, the head builds back to the top. I get to my table and sip some more head, and sure enough, here comes the head, continuing to form, beautifully creamy, light tan in color, and just refusing to fade even in the slightest. I have to keep drinking, and only then does the head finally give in and stay at a thin layer, but it leaves a thick, dense foam on the glass for the duration of the session to remember it by. The body is fully cloudy, amber in color, and impossible to see through, even at the edges. The nose is only lightly hoppy, so clearly the hops has softened considerably, which is to be expected for a 4-year old beer. Instead, itís very earthy and woody, sweet, solidly malty, and certainly oxidized a bit. Similarly, the flavor is malty, earthy, woody, and mushroomy, but thereís also an obvious sweet fruitiness fighting through and holding its own. Itís not hoppy at all, and in fact, itís only mildly bitter, but that bitterness does show up a bit in the finish. Alcohol isnít really noticeable to me. Medium "plus" in body, but I think much of that "plus" is due to the aging. With the earthiness, this isnít a clean beer at this point, and with the mild hoppiness toward the end, the finish isnít terribly crisp either, but this is an IPA, so who could expect it to be? So clearly this beer is past its prime, and itís not the same beer it was when fresh four years ago, but unlike many other "old" non-cellarable beers Iíve tried, this is still remarkably drinkable and very enjoyable. True, I enjoy that earthy, mushroomy flavor and aroma, but because of the solid fruitiness, this beer is more than just an oxidized, earthy, mushroomy beer. Still, I have to be fair and say that this beer, four years after being brewed, isnít as amazing as it apparently was, but Iíve had no problem finishing the entire Duvel glass. As a rating buddy of mine said to me tonight, this is easily the best 4-year old IPA Iíve ever had.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a cloudy amber. The aroma is full of dried apricots and a slight pine from the hops. Itís a touch grainy. The malt drops out quickly but bitterness lingers nicely.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Friday night (Pre-Atlanta Cask Ale tasting) RB gathering at Twains 2006. Hooray! For KP! The bringer of this brew (thought Iíd never have a chance to try it). Pours orange and clear. Initial aroma greats you with hints of oxidation but as you push through you get sticky sweet orange malt and some pine hints (mostly diminished). Again, in the flavor, you can sense some cardboard but dryish hops still linger supported by alcohol notes and big booming malty goodness. Medium body and dryish finish (still some hops there). Well beyond its prime Iím sure, but still a great one to have tried.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chewy, hoppy, very oily and resiny but turning slightly unbalanced with too much caramel flavour to really let the hops do their thing (in the back half and finish, I mean, thus reducing refreshment and drinkability, like Shadallion said).