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!
IrishBoy (3900) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by someone at Woodshop Quad. I have had the 9th and up. Thanks for sharing this. Nose of light hops, oakiness, caramel, and a vanilla note. Brown with a small beige head. Flavor with very lightly bitter and caramelly with a slight metallic note.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is a murky amber red hue, off-white thin head dissipates, minimal lacing
Smell is clean crisp roast malts, nutty presence, touches of coffee and grassy hops, slight alcohol
Taste is considerable alcohol and roast malts, bitter hops are apparent as is a nice nut flavor, finishes mild and slightly bitter
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery and slick texture, mild carbonation
Drinkability is very good, this is a smooth and flavorful brown ale (I believe Stone’s only brown to date!), good malts and trademark Stone hops provide a perfect balance, I wish Stone revisits this style again sometime soon!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, aged over 4 years. Pours a dark brownish-orange amber color with a minimal, swirly, off-white film. The aroma shows a malty caramel base with heaps of oaky vanilla, dry cocoa, and faded, earthy hops. Flavors follow suit, mostly sweet from the caramel, with a big vanilla and maple influence. Cocoa and old hops lend a semblance of balance, each adding their own hint of bitterness. Medium bodied, with light carbonation, the mouthfeel fits the style quite nicely. Nice brew, even at this age, but I cannot help but think it is past its prime.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to the BBBash! Lots of vanilla, caramel and roasted qualities. Very smooth. I really enjoyed this brew.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours a hazy brownish amber with almost no head, which is to be expected I guess. There is almost no retention and only specks of lacing.
The aroma is big on roasted malts with no hop presence to speak of. I also got a substantial sugary syrup smell as well, with hints of dark fruit and wood.
The taste actually retained a bit of the hops up front, mostly of the earthy variety. Lots of roasted malts with caramel and sugar on top. The finish is very dry with a slight bitterness.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me with very little carbonation to speak of. As mentioned earlier, the finish is very dry.
I enjoyed trying this one though I imagine it’s a little past it’s prime. Either way, good drinking.
dchmela (2710) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at the McBackus Backyard Bash. Thanks to whoever brought this! Dark caramel colored pour. Big roasty grain aroma with hints of caramel and vanilla. Taste is smooth with nice roasted grain character and a sweet vanilla caramel accent. Very smooth and tasty.
daknole (9623) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at mcbackus 10/19. Rich amber color. I get wood, vanilla, caramel, and spices on the nose. Flavor is damn fine. Booze, vanilla, sweetness, rich honey, spices and roasty malts. Certainly a great beer. Glad i got to try this one!
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of cmr1517...thanks Chris. Murky mahogany pour with a wispy tan head. Obviously no hop notes present what-so-ever. Notes of caramel malt, berries and some roasted malts. Very smooth body...flavor had some caramel, dark fruits and bread dough to it, though slightly oxidized it didn’t detract too much from the overall experience. Not bad but way past prime I’ve got to assume.