Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I must say that this sure was a change from the IPAish past anniversary beers.
Pours a deep mahoganny color. Roasty malty aroma, little head. Taste was very brown aleish and rich. Not their best effort IMO but a drinkable beer nonetheless
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear russet. Quickly vanishing foam. Muddled aroma of rhubarb, toffee, orange rind, and rich cookie malt. Touches of medicine, doughy yeast, and roasted wood. Slick, yet fizzy, on the tongue. Full-bodied. Syrupy sweet and bitterly fruity, initially. Overripe orange pulp acidity tries to poke through the cookie malt barrier. Assertive roast astringency with a firm, cottony malt underscore. Subtle medley of alcohol, floral hops, and orange rind bitterness. Caramel and milk chocolate elements lurk in the background. Although subtle, the spicy whiskey tannins clash with the rich fruitiness. Bitter rhubarb and pineapple rind dominate the finish coupled with notes of papaya, medicine, bready malts, and the slightest dash of drying wood and vanilla. Lingering sugary malt sweetness. This is muddled, oversweet, and confused. The hops interfere with the malts, which are already jumbled enough, and the lackluster body causes it to fall apart rather quickly. Yet another Stone beer with disgraceful head retention and a fizzy, rather than creamy/velvety, mouthfeel. A huge letdown, especially for an Anniversary brew.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours rich mahogany brown and clear with a medium sized off-white head that diminished mostly but left nice lacing. Aroma is interesting, dominated by toasty malts, coffee, slight molasses and grassy, floral hops. Flavor is nice indeed and quite different than other beers, rich roasty malts, carmalized brown sugar, charcoal and a definite, yet subdued hop bite to finish. The alcohol is well hidden among the abundant flavors and it eaves a lingering aftertaste of astringent, bitter toast. Full body and creamy carbonation. Another over-the-top creation from the guys at Stone. I'm gonna have to go buy a few more bottles of this just to have around!
Ernest (5920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is light brown. Aroma is moderately malty (nuts, caramel, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of cask wood, smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A bit unbalanced (too starkly bitter in the finish), but this is a decent enough beer and not one I would expect Stone to make. The hop aroma is somewhat resinous/green, but it’s in the background so it doesn’t offend too much. Typical small/dying Stone head. Ordinary mouthfeel.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 Wow. Very nice. I must say that I was truly impressed. Wonderful brown color and nearly white head. Malty nose. Very full on the tongue- great presence. As the beer warmed, the oakiness really showed itself I thought and added a dimension that was much appreciated. I was very sorry to pour the last few drops. Cheers Stone to a successful 8 years and I am honored to have an association with you.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big biscut white bread and fresh grain nose with a little earthy hoppyness. Garnet body with a lovely creamy tan head leaving fish scale lacing all down the glass. Moderate hoppieness in the mouth with big malty flavors. Biscut, toast, old wood, wort, and milled malt. Finishes malty (yes I said it again) grainy, and a little grassy. Very solid, very nice.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice, one of Stone’s best. "Strong Brown Ale" comes to mind. It’s like a dark red though, not brown. More malty and less hoppy than most Stone brews, which is why I like it so much. (I’m NOT a hophead like most Stone devotees.) Great roasted malt flavor with a long lingering hop bitterness but not overpowering.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mohagany color with off white head. Aroma issubtle with some toasted malt, alcohol, and caramel. Flavor similar with hints of chocolate, nuts, and vanilla?. A well made beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a clear mohagany with a quickly thinning head of tan. Aroma was quiet with soft whispers of caramel, ginger, dough, and vanilla. Toasted and roasted malt start off the flavor progression, with dry roasted malt and coffee flavors moving you to hints of chocolate and a background of bitterness. The alcohol is let to run rampant, bouncing off the roastedness and the bitterness like it was on crack cocaine, leaving us all warm..but confused. Growing nutty flavors arise..nearing hazelnut quality, and bordering the line of acidity. I would say it does taste like a mild ale...with a shot of 80 proof alcohol.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 I may have to go back and re-rate this, but for now, I will say that I am disappointed. Brown in color, almost translucent. Aroma is of vanilla, nuts and hops. A real tartness comes through on the flavor. It is fairly bitter. Thin bodied. Tart finish.