bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red-brown body with a thick, tan head. Decent lacing.
Nicely balanced aroma. Roast and malt with an interesting hop aroma. Maybe smelling the wood chips too.
Lots of malt in the flavor. Lingering hop bitterness.
Big mouthfeel. Thick but not too sweet.
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber-brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is very roasted, sweet and malty. Rich-bodied and very toasty and dry, with a pleasantly sweet malt and nut flavor. Just a bit of hops make it well-balanced and nice to drink. The finish is toasted malt and caramel with a hint of bitterness. Overall this is an amped up Brown Ale that I could enjoy regularly.
Panzuriel (1382) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark but somewhat clear beer with thin tan head. Mildly malty aroma with hints of hops. Good mild hoppy flavor. Similar to Arrogant Bastard, yet vastly less hoppy. Light and fluid texture. Good Finish. Not much aftertaste.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bottle of liquid poured a reddish brown color with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel. the Malt and hops are well balanced. Excellent beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
After reading the cornocopia of verbal loquatiousness present in liliputian white lettering on the parabola that defines the container in which the mystical fluid was ensnared, I was ready to imbibe. I extracted the cap and the brownish liquid poured forth into a splended goblet that reads Duvel. Aromas of chocolate and carmel dance up past the rim of the glass creating a wonderful fruity fragrance. As the elixer danced on my tongue and proceded dowm my throat, I was reminded of roasty munich benevolence, combining malt with hops in synchronicity which has remarkable characterizations similar to a scottish ale. Malt lovers delight, and only lacking in subtle smokiness.
Beaver (1420) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 8th Anniversary pours a light reddish brown with a thin brown head that quickly goes to a small collar.
Its aroma is roasted nuttiness, coffee and chocolate.
The flavor is sweet, yet heavily roasted, caramel and chocolate malts with some nuts and a little smokiness. It has a dry bitter finish (grassy hops) that is at just the right level. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little on the thin side and a little under-carbonated.
Overall, a fine brown ale with a kick.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was looking for to this one. Aroma is like a brown, with higher alcohol, more hops, and some brown sugar. The taste has good balance, sweet like caramel, with oak notes. Overall I was slightly dissapointed, but not to the extent that most were. The head actually grew as I drank this beer, which has never happened to me before? I actually feel that had that toned down the alcohol, it would have helped my rating of it.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Sampled May 2005
This beer sits a drab brown color in my glass, but shows pretty amber-ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a thin light brown head that is propped up by a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is rich and malty with notes of toasted bread, biscuits, chocolate and coffee. The aroma really is quite heady in its ample maltiness. The taste is rich and mouth filling up front, and then moves to that expected rich maltiness that is dominated by a mix of coffee and roasted barleys. There is still a bit of spicy hoppiness to this beer towards the finish, but it is quite a bit more muted than when it was young. The beers finish starts with a solid bitterness and finishes with a roasted malt astringency. The malt character of this brew is almost perfect, the only thing that detracts is the harsh astringent burnt grain huskiness. This beer is aging wonderfully and should have another couple of years to go.
Sampled September 2004
After hearing that this was a return of a supped up version of Lee’s Mild, I was quite excited. This was a beer that I quite enjoyed in its original form. Milds have always had a particular fascination for me. Hopefully this well live up to any expectations that I might have.
This beer pours a brilliantly clear deep ruby color of a porter. The head is prodigious and is a creamy, frothy, light brown color. The aroma is immediately of roasted malts as I pour this into my glass. As I go in for a deeper sniff I get rich malty toasted notes, as wells as a slightly astringent husky note, and some notes of coffee, espresso and a hint of chocolate.
The beer is full bodied and creamy up front, and just like Lee’s mild it finishes with a bit more roasted malt than a "traditional" mild should. This is definitely a good thing though, as I like the added dimension of the roasted malt. There is lots of notes of burnt toast, a finish that leans a bit towards the astringency of grain husks, and a pleasing amount of bitterness from the hop contribution. The hops actually contribute flavor and bitterness. There is an earthy, spicy hop flavor up front and through the middle of this beer, before the hop bitterness of the finish kicks in. This would note be a Stone beer if there was not a solid hop contribution, though it is a bit muted as far as the typical Stone reputation goes.
This is quite tasty, almost a strong porter, which it could certainly pass for. I really like the malty turn that Stone has taken with this anniversary beer. I am really going to enjoy, slowly working my way through a case of this beer.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma - nutty, biscuit, hints of coffee, faint flowery hops, cigar tobacco, moderate fuitiness as it warms. Nice ruby amber color, good clarity, thin beige head. Malty flavor of nuts, chocolate, toast, light roastiness. Good bitterness (it is Stone afterall), faint grassy hop flavor. Medium full body, hides alcohol well. A very drinkable beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit oily in the body, yet with a clear alcohol presence. Certainly nutty and warmly malty; carbonation leaves rapidly. Really quite strange; an imperial brown ale with vanillaey barleywineish elements? Missing a lot; no pungent smokiness or crispness - this is just a sor of murky slippery concoction.