pantanap (3366) - 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 (3124) - 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 (1561) - 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 (9999) - 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 (1991) - Springfield, Vermont, 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.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin white head. Aromas are all caramel, malt, and a light plum. Flavor follows the nose mostly, with little bits of sweet caramel and malt. Finishes with a light bitter.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours an amber body with a thin white head. Caramel malt, etoh, chewy with hints of sugar and grass, oxidation and tobacco notes. Still okay.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.65 l bottle (2004 vintage), thanks oh6gdx! Hazy mahagony color with creamy head.
Sweet, flowery, fruity, nutty, chocolatey and warming aroma. Tasty flavor with chocolate, nuts, fruity esters, waming alcohol and some hops. Nice nuttiness and alcohol warmt.
BeerBaby (81) - , Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee and chocolate with some roasting. Great aroma, great flavor. In my opinion, this would be great with German food.