beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(03.12.06) Stone 7th, 8th, and 9th anniversary vertical sampling at DiCarloís, special gift of Scott L. Brown 22 oz bomber bottle. 2003 Vintage (release date 08.04.03). 77 IBU. 7.7% ABV. Identified as pale ale version. Pours hazy orange with very light syrup-like consistency and yields an average sized white head. Good carbonation. Toasted malt aroma. Medium bodied pale ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness and rich toasted malt/hop flavors. Finishes with lingering bitterness and malt fade. Well-balanced malt and hop flavors with an edge towards hoppy flavor. Richly flavored beer with a smooth palette similar to a barleywine. Though the bottle was nearly 3 years old, the hop component held up remarkably well, probably due to excellent cellar storage conditions. Of the 7th, 8th, and 9th anniversary vertical sampling, the 7th anniversary version was the best of show. One outstanding giant beer. Thanks Scott!
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poures a nice red/golden color with a nice puffy off white head with nice lacing as well that lasts the whole brew though. Aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, hops and fruits. Flavor is delicious. Nice grapfruit and hops up front along with other citrus and fruit. The initial flavor is followed by a nice bitterness from the hops. Nt overly bitter, but a good amount that only leaves you wanting another sip. Mouth is crisp and refreshing. Im gonna miss this beer.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I hope I donít need to list a vintage. Thought this 7th anniversary ale with 7.7% alcohol would be an appropriate choice for #700. Poured an effervescent light amber with a large frothy off-white head. Very attractive. Interesting alluring aroma of grapefruit and lemony citrus with burnt caramel with it. Flavor is sort of strange at first. Citrusy hops, with hints of grapefruit, lemon and even some orange come through. A bit of caramel shows through but not too much. Some vinous character to it, but definitely overshown by the hops. Slightly dry. Strangely creamy mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation biting the tongue. Much as Iíve come to expect from Stone anniversaries, itís strange but well-pulled off. So what to give this 7th anniversary beer with 7.7% abv for my 700th rating? Hmm... how about a 3.7? Sounds fair.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn, this brewery is good ! An amazing deep orange American Imperial Pale Ale, but yet softer. Toasty, hoppy, with an indescribably firm malt foundation. Run out and see if there is any left. Superlative !
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Tom at Monkís Cafe.
Aroma is heavy on the caramel. The aroma conjures images of those caramel candies witht he creamy white center. Color is, interestingly enough, caramel with a dime thin slick of a white colored head. Fore is all caramel malt with a suprising minty flavor int he middle and the finish. tastes like a red and white swirl peppermint candy someone has sucked most of the flavor out of. Finish is both malty and peppermint spicy with a fat round candy sweetness. Allt he hops have longe since faded from this one, but itís still a big beer with loads of flavor.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is heavy on the caramel with a sweet sweet syrupy maltiness thing going on.Kind of reminds me of something with fresh peaches. Tastes very different,still good but not as complex as I was hoping for.Still some caramel but little else.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonder how this compares to it when it was released. Andy (Landseer) comes up with another winner. Deep amber under an off-white head that was in a hurry to leave. Sweet nose, cookie dough, licorice, fruit, woodsy, citrus/hops, caramel. Full and robust body. The flavor was moderately sweet with an alcohol kick that lingered. Everyboy must get Stone.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer produces an aroma of hops, yeast, and honey. It enters the mouth with rich taste of yeast and sweet corn. It a moderately heavy beer that fades leaving a mild sweet nutty taste lingering.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Provided by Andy, I believe. Sampled side by side with Stone 8. Lots of sweetness here after a few years of age. Notes of butter cream, maple syrup, walnut, popcorn, and candided orange peel. Nice.
DYCSoccer17 (3580) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cellared bottle. Sweet, sweet candy sugar aroma with orangey hop hints. A bit of earthiness and spiciness. Mellow aroma. Mostly transparent red-amber color with a smallish off-white head. Mellow caramelly, very caramelly and a bit of roasted maltiness to start off. A small amount of spiciness and hoppinness to finish with a touch of ethanol as well. Orange flavors are also sprinkled in there. The hops have probably faded and this is probably a touch past its prime, but it is still damn tasty.