MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) August 2004 bottle. Deep malty roastiness with lots of dark fruit character. Light caramel brown with med tan head. Malty quite roasty flavor with dark fruits and some woodiness. Medium body and mouthfeel.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to richlike beer for this one. Pours a nice amber color with just a little head to it. Has a nice molasses and wood smell to it. Taste is very similar but with a little vanilla. This may be an American Strong but it sure smells and taste like a barley wine at this point.
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle with a big thanks to richlikebeer for sharing this 5 year old retired gem. Poured with a murky light brown body and a small creamy beige head. Aroma had some serious oxidation notes creeping in but man did, they compliment this beer. Aroma of a finely aged barleywine, caramel, toffee, molassess and honey over some less obvious dark grains. Thinner body that still had lots of carbonation despite the age of this one. The flavor isslightly thinner then the aroma implies but notes of caramel, molassess, fleeting citrus and cardboard. Wow this one is holding up nicely even with 5+ years of age on it.
radagast83 (4415) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Consumed 11/14/09. Aroma is still pretty malty, hop aroma is almost non-existent. Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with a small tan head. Tinge of sweet herb, touch of nuts. Still has a pretty decent amount of carbonation.
Note: I will rate it a *notch* higher than I probably would have - mostly due to any inconsistencies existing due in part to the age of the beer.
madmitch76 (14304) - , 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 (2160) - 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 (3350) - 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 (2976) - 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.