shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Consumed January 2007. More than 3 years old. Matte melon orange color with a thin white head of lace. Aroma is sweet and malty with just a touch of matured hops. This beer is past it’s prime, but still very drinkable. A touch oxidized, just a little too old.
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber @ Falling Rock vintage beer sale poured a hazy copper with a disapating amber head. Aromas of light oxidation, light fruitiness and a hint of carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of light oxidation, carmel, vanilla and a hint of apple with a dry lightly bitter finish.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at bistro. aroma has citrus but is more sweet malt. flavor is fruity, citrus, and basic malt sweetness. prolly not as hoppy as it used to be.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hop bitterness has mellowed over the last couple of years, but the ale is still very nicely bittered with a fruity taste to the beer. Still a good beer, but I wish I had it fresh. Had it on tap at the
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 oz glass @ Stone Bistro. Bartender described this one as an "Imperial Pale Ale". Tasted like a pretty standard IIPA. Floral hops, some sweetness, medium mouthfeel, and a fair amount of malt in the foreground. Overall, another fantastic beer from Stone that I am very happy to have had the opportunity to try.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This had a nice inviting hop floral aroma.Full-bodied,but way too sweet for me.The Stone brews tend to be too sweet.This tasted alot like the 9th anniversary,but not as good.Had on tap at brewery.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottle shared with Blair @ Hamilton’s his bottle from his personal cellar, shared with Bartzilla and Naven as well. Pours orange with a bright white head. Nose had caramel and brown sugar in it. Taste was sweet with an array of muted hops and a lot of caramel in it. The original 7.7% seems to have jumped in the 4 years since this brew was bottled. Its become much more of a barley wine.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a nice brownish oranger color with a very small thin head. Aroma is very malty and sweet. The flavor was very m uch the same. Their was little hops in the flavor. I guess the 3 years aging did this brew well.
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another bottle from Matt (drbayern) Thanks! This is a real shock for me to be able to try this beer now, 3 years after it was released. The hops are still pretty active in this, and now it has mellowed to the point that it is very close to a barleywine. Very malty tasting and very enjoyable. I can only imagine what this was like once it was released. I would say this has aged very nicely. Interesting beer.
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a hazy orange caramel body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is quite malty. Caramel, sweet malty goodness. Smells like a barleywine. Light orange peel. The flavor is pretty malty like a barleywine. Very well balanced and malty. Some lingering hops. The palate is medium-full bodied. Nice texture. A pleasure to try this.