madmitch76 (12141) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
31st July 2008. Dark brown cloudy ale. Very smooth and mild. Not much carbonation. Smooth malt with a little creaminess and a hint of milk chocolate. Easy going finish with a whisper of hop bitterness. Does taste a little aged but that isn’t a bad thing in this case.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had a whole case of this but just getting aroiund to rate thius now. Very nice even 5 years in. A liitle bit of cardboard but also a lot of caramel and chocolate in the flavor. Felt like a solid barley wine that was aged to a little bit past its prime
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber thanks to jsquire! pours a deep red with a huge 3-4 finger white head... sweet, bitter, nut and raisin aromas... medium body with fruit up front - dark cherry, plum and more raisin... more defined finish... with some nuts, herbs and spice... a bit of mint on the finish as well.... overall this has held up very well and was refrigerated for a few years.... really nice.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle @ Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours clear copper in color with brown head. Aroma hops, malty and caramal. Taste hops, malt and toffee with bitter finish. Very impressive for 5 year old beer.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber from andrew. thanks for another oxidized beer, drew.... pours a dark caramel amber brown with a thin light off-white head..... aroma of heavily oxidized papery malt. ... flavors of less oxidized caramel malt, quite dullened in flavor with medium carbonation. tastes like it has been aged and past due.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
August 2004 / Rating #2100
1/06/2009: Stone 8th Anniversary Ale... Aroma: Extremely malty paired with aged dark fruits, plum, some gracefully aged citrus hops, and even a hint of "granny smith apple, chocolate, and candied fruit" (according to my wife). Appearance: Deep golden-amber color, nearly opaque; Fine, shimmering carbonation bubbles, but there really isn’t any foam on top except for a slowly bubbling mudpot-like effect in the middle. Flavor: Richly caramelized malts, toffee, slight cooked chocolate pudding, plum, slightly vineous, and a touch of smoke; warming alcohol more and more apparent when it warms; slightly dry finish with a good level of "grassy" (as described by my wife) bitterness to balance out the maltiness. Palate: Medium and smooth, but starting to get a little thin; very little carbonation. Overall: Still very good, good complexity; this seems slightly past its prime though, so I would probably think about drinking any remaining bottles sometime in the near future...
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (7.8% Alc. Vol.). Rating #457 for this beer.
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of TheBeerGod shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours reddish-orange with an impressive (for its age) head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, and grassy hops. Big, bold flavors that teeter between a Belgian ale and a DIPA. I don’t know what this tasted like fresh but 5 years later this is simply awesome. An outstanding beer.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a copper-red color with a small head and floaties. Aroma is toffee and raisin with some herbal notes. Taste is toffee, chocolate, caramel, nougat and a citrus, herbal hop bite. Full bodied. Hoppiness pretty impressive for its age.
Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Immy Backyard Throwdown. It poured a dark brown. It had a strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma and taste.
malrubius (1511) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Amber with head and lace. Toasty caramel brown sugar aroma. Toasty brown sugar carmale fruity flavor. Cloying. Sticky.