Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Stone Winter Storm 2008. Poured a mostly hazed amber with a medium sized foamy white head, light lacing. Nose of roasted malt, citrus, toffee, and slightly smoky. Had a medium body with a light tingle on the palate. Finish was clean and sharp.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone’s 2008 Winter Storm. Had twice, and rated twice unknowingly. It’s interesting to see variance in your rating over the course of two hours. First time: amber color. Slightly cloudy. Malty. Little hops aroma or taste. Easy to drink. Little carbonation 7,2,7,4,16:3.6.
Second time: 7,3,8,4,16:3.8. Dark amber. Medium carbonation. Malty. Some oxidation. Some bitterness. Good. Little cloudy.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stone Winter Storm. Cloudy brown with no head. Aroma roasty, chocolate, and citrus. Taste of choclate and orange, brown sugar, mild banana, roasty taste, and a crisp finish.
Goodgrief (1855) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
April 2006 - There is a lot going on in this beer. Poured a dark ruby brown with smallish head, but nice lacing. Aroma and taste was predominantly caramel. As it warmed, a whole lot of other flavors came out which balanced nicely...some smokey flavor, some chocolate and a little nut. This was a good beer, but it was a bit thin and weak. If only it were more rich, like the AleSmith Decadence, which I had right after this (similar but BETTER). This scores pts for me for being out of the normal realm of style. Enjoyable.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of FlacoAlto - Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head which faded fairly quick. Aroma is doughy malt, lots of esters, and faint oak. Very Barleywine like. Flavor is toasted malt with some light roastiness, light esters, and faint oak. Medium body and fairly smooth palate. Would have like to have tried this when originally released. Thanks Sebastian.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber sampled in 2008. Thanks after4ever! Pours clear reddish amber with a thin off-white head. Sweet, nutty aroma with a bit of fruit and oxidized apple. Medium body and light carbonation. Sweet toffee taste, raisins. The finish dries it out completely.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Bottle. Pours a somewhat murky brown with small tan head. Aroma a nice mix of piney hops and toffee from the malt. Flavor has more of the same, along with vanilla, some fruit and nuts, but for me most noticeably lots of luscious chocolate. Very well-rounded with all these flavors considering the still-strong hop background common for Stone. Mouthfeel was at times as creamy as an American strong ale can be due to the chocolate notes, but again, the hops still remain. Excellent brew.
Another go at this brew reveals an aroma still heavy with the chocolate and increasingly strong notes of dark fruits with a hint of coffee bean. Flavor follows suit and remarkable still has some hop bitterness, although certainly the dark fruits are about to override that completely. Came over to me as a mix between Arrogant Bastard and Southern Tier Choklat, as those chocolate notes are still something to marvel at. If I were to rerate this numerically, it would probably drop from 4.1 since I preferred the slightly hoppier, less malt bomb/dark fruit result of about a year ago, but I just don’t want to.
after4ever (6628) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, Foolish_Mortal! This one truly aged like a champ. Pours thick grainy dark brown. Dense moussy tan head that falls quickly away to a slim rim of foam, but it’s amazing after three and a half years that it popped up as forcefully as it did. Rich, sherry-like oxidation notes on the nose, without too much for company, but they smell so good it doesn’t matter a bit. Thick and creamy body. Mid-palate is soft and velvety. Rich raisins, dates, and sherry mark the quaff. Some nice resiny bitterness dancing across the mid-palate and into the finish. Not overpopulated with different flavor notes, but it still has complexity and subtlety within that spare palate. Fantastic stuff that’s drinking beautifully right now.
jsquire (3719) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color with a short lived ivory head. Not much in the nose; some dried fruit and alcohol as it warms. Big beer with noticable woody/vanilla notes on top of the caramel/toffee sweetness and dried fruit. The beer has the rounded oxidized taste that benefits an older beer, until it gets too powerful. The alcohol is present and accounted for, and makes this a little tougher to drink towards the bottom of the bottle. Still, a nice American strong.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle thanks to Lacey--2004 beer drank in 2007--Poured a shining copper-mahogany hue with a nicely retained (considering age) off-white tan head. Nose of sweet fruity malts and robust floral and piny malts. Earthy, oaky, caramel-tinged notes. Sweet, toffee, sticky flavor. Finished bold and bitter with a molasses and caramel feel. Very well preserved beer!