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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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A Super Special Pale Ale. Amber-ish/dark orange color, quite hoppy with a fruity aroma and upfront flavor. There is a hop-bitterness sting on the tongue at first with noticeable malt reminiscent of a sweet pastry, more fruity hop flavors linger and blend into a toasty-malty balance that comes through in the finish. This full bodied ale is placed nicely on the high side of the scale.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3386) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Deep amber in my Lager glass with a frothy, cream colored head that left good lacing. The nose reminds me of pineapple upside-down cake. Strong malt back bone but the flavor is all hop. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind and apple sauce. Very smooth mouthfeel even if it is a little syrupy. Sometimes you just have to ignore the verbiage on the bottle and just drink the beer. Greg, shut up and make more beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3352) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2006
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3296) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm. Orangeish color with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, must and spice. Flavor of flowers, yeast, spice, earth, fruit. A bit strange and couldn’t get a good read on alot of it. That being said, it was still an interesting and nuanced beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3283) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2005
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Thanks to Numenor for sharing this at the "2nd Richmond Gathering," and to CaptainCougar for sending this bottle out! Never thought I would have a chance to try this one. Medium orange, still quite a decent head. Big aroma of caramel and toffee. Flavor matched, with some slight notes of oxidation playing alongside strong hop bitterness. Hops were still a significant presence here, but have lost some of their flavor punch over time. Rich and tasty overall. I’m sure I would have gone bonkers over this one on its initial release. RERATE as part of the 2008 VRBT. Notes almost identical, aroma has lost 1 point. Past prime, but good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. This was a mess, and has not aged gracefully at all. Thankfully this was the last heavily oxidized hoppy beer I had to drink that day. Wet, soggy, cat piss aroma has some redeeming notes of licorice/anise. Orangey flavor, with a complete lack of character and personality. Considering the different ages, I’d say this is the worst ager of all the Stone anniversary beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3214) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 Bomber bottle-thanks to everybody on the ratebeer forum for their kind words of wisdom-this one was for you!!! Aroma full of sugar coated hops-similar to a barleywine. Appearance was a nice garnet color(quite a bit lighter than the Arrogant bastard). Flavor when first detected was huge malt that tingled the tongue followed by that dose of amarillo, athanum and whatever hop they used in this. As this warmed, the balance became more evident-the hops became more apparent and the alcohol was less detected. Definately another great accomplishment by Stone!

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Nice copper color with thin ivory head. Mildy hopped with a roasted malty mouth. Alcohol nicely masked behind barley wine finish. Atta way, Lee.


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