detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very hazy orange-amber with an inch or so of light tan head. Decent rings of foam left behind as the volume of beer in the glass decreases. Caramel malt and hops in the aroma.
First sip - much sweeter than I expected, tons of caramel malt. Nicely balanced with strong grapefruity hops. The finish is alcohol and slightly spicy hops. Full-bodied, very softly carbonated. Deeply bitter aftertaste (not citrusy at all). Now there’s malt in the aftertaste too.
shadey (2055) - 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 (12660) - 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 (929) - 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 (3365) - Portland, 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 (2128) - 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.