JohnnyJ (4908) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden amber color. Caramel, sweet malt, bitter hops, and hints of fruit and citrus. It’s alright.
dwyerpg (4869) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has an interesting mix of that old-ale aroma with hops, but okay. Taste has some bite throughout, but not too much. Definitely mellowing (or so I’m told) but still pleasant enough for me.
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(650ml bottle) Orange body and a quick dissipating head. Nose of rubbing alcohol, apples and hops. Smooth whiskey, hops, grapefruit, vanilla and clove. Excellent! Thanks Kimchee!
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pinkish-orange, luminous, thinnish ring of lasting foam. Nose is caramel malt with a hint of grapefruit. Very sweet on the tongue, drying out quickly in the finish, which is substantially hoppy. Has a certain oakiness which is attractive, but also seems rather "flat" -- not undercarbonated, just uninteresting flavor-wise. Drinkable, enjoyable, but nothing terribly special in my mind.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a very hazy orange color. Aroma was sweet and fruity. Flavor was malty with some toast and caramel. Light citrus hop flavor on finish. Medium body
ClarkVV (4208) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Well well. My palate just dosent agree with the norm when it comes to stone. Easily my favorite beer of theirs. Awesome aroma of juicy, sweet/bitter hops. Light pine, big caramel malt. Aroma stays til the end of the bottle. Very hazy, golden with light burnt red tones. Small yellow head. Incredibly lush, creamy mouthfeel. Juicy hops meets big sugary sweet malt. The malt probably wins for dominance but in the end, a near perfect balance is achieved. The hops flavor does not bore me, the malt does not cloy and the alcohol is not overpowering. Great quality in moderation. Yes.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle shared at DLD 08 by bbb63. thanks mike! pours amber with white head. nose and the flavor is a bit oxidized and the hops have really faded but they are still hanging on and its not bad at all. glad i got to try this.
zach8270 (3858) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [22 oz. bottle] Poured a creamy amber color with a thin but lasting white head. Strong sweet and caramel aroma with a hint of hops and earth notes. Good initial malt taste that gives way quickly to a surprisingly sweet hoppy backbone with citrus notes and a smooth, sweet malt finish. Very nicely blended with a slightly bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 Sampled May 2005.
Well despite this beer being well past its intended drinking date I decided to give it a whirl. The beer pours a lightly hazy ruby-orange color and is topped by a tan head. The aroma is still fairly hoppy, after all this time, I get notes of candied orange, herbs, and of course an aged contribution of sherry. The taste of the beer is fairly sweet up front and quickly moves to hoppy notes of orange, and a finish that is herbal and bitter. This beer is still hop dominated but it has the beginnings of an aged malt character that pokes its nose just above the surface. The malt is showing notes of sherry and a rich, brothy note of umami type flavor. This is still quite enjoyable, and I am happy that I still have one bottle left of this beer.
Sampled Septemeber 2003
A nice clear copper amber color. Lightly carbonated and has a tan head that is not to thick but tends to stick around. Smells of malt hops and a hint of caramelized, or perhaps, roast malts. Has a pronounce hop flavor, they just hit the tongue as soon as this beer passes your lips. Finishes with a bitterness at the back of the throat. Fairly sweet, which goes well with the hoppy nectar flavor in this beer. There is a slight note of the alcohol in the finish as well. This is a fairly malty brew from Stone. Now don’t get me wrong there is lots of hops, but, compared to some of their other offerings, this is decidedly weighted on the malty end. This beer could be characterized as having lots of hop flavor, lots of malt, but surprisingly low on bitterness, for the amount of hop flavor. I must admit I like the way this beer has played out, It has all the hop flavor but not as much bitterness as one would expect.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange/golden color, hazy, mostly opaque at first then clearing; little head. Mint tea aroma, with some caramel. Moderate hopping. Curiously watery. Thanks Nuffield for sharing! (oh wait, that’s me.)