Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Past it’s prime. Poured brown with a white head. Aroma of cardboard, booze, and fruit. Some fruit. Oxidized. Still drinkable.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good and perhaps very good but as much as I can dig chocolate (and perhaps there was no chocolate malt, but just what the oak did to it, I would probably have liked it far more if the hops were ever so slightly amped and the "barrel" lowered. Good stuff despite what I said.
dalekliz (870) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, sampled at Woodshop Quad. Pours a hazy brownish-red with an off-white ring. Rich aroma, of malt, dark fruits, dates, molasses, and alcohol. Taste is clean, of malt, herbs, pine hops, chocolate, and dark fruits. Lingering sharp pine and malt flavors. Nice.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
WInter Storm 1-25-09
Apearance was auburn with no bubbles. Aroma: Citrus, vinegar, and plum skin.
Taste was hoppy and chocolatey.
Mouthfeel was thick and smooth. Overall not that impressive, didn’t hold up that well.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Winter Storm ’09. Pours an attractive copper color with an off-white head. Features balanced notes of caramel, wood, vanilla, hops, and toasted malts. Heartier than I was expecting.
JohnnyJ (4304) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at winterfest. Copper pour. Sweet malt, biscuits, caramel, toffee, fruit, and earthy notes. I liked this one better then the 7th.
alexanderj (3310) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winter Storm. Auburn or copper in color with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, earth and fruit. Flavor was similar, albeit slightly better. Caramel, earth, nuts, red malt. Nice hop presence of citrus and earth. Liked this about the same as the 7th, although they weren’t all that similar.
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Winter Storm 09. Just a smidge better than 7th even though it is a worse example of its respective style IMO. This was a rather explicit brown to me, with nice barley malt and dirt aroma. Taste was a WC brown, rather than a thick midwestern brown. Alcohol edge, thin texture, only slight influence from the oak chips, a fair amount of darkness and roast.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm! Poured slightly hazy copper with some bubbles. Slight hop floral aroma. Nice spicy hop flavors with some vanilla hints too. Mouth was a little flat. Sadly I think I missed tasting these wonderful anniversary ales in their prime but they are still great and still worth trying!!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber, with thanks to wetherel for yet another great bonus! Pours a clear iced tea color with a thin tan head that drifts but maintains a complete covering, moderate retention and lace. Aroma is more malty, with some caramel, dark fruits, toffee, light oak, and vanilla. Flavor is just slightly sweet, with more caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak, and finishes fairly quick and clean on the palate. This makes me think barleywine-lite like on the palate and finish. Quite drinkable and tasty, thanks again John!