DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I read the label of this one, and came in not knowing what style it was. I had pegged it as either an Imperial Scottish ale or a dubbel. It pours deep ruby with a huge off-white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, fruit, slight peat, and scotch. Tastes malty, with hops, more fruit, some nuts, and heavy spirits at the finish, such as cognac and scotch. Marvelous complexity and balance, as with all Stone beers. Lightweights need not apply. This beer gets less respect here than Tina Turner did from from Ike. I suppose there are people that might accuse me of rating water from Stone as a 4.2, but those types of detractors and doubting Thomases can just kiss my hairy ass. Bravo Stone. Many are indeed not worthy.
3fourths (8795) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Big brown sugar and nut nose... seems like a winter warmer more than anything else, but I can definitly pick up the brown ale similarities. Flavor is similar, some peanut, scotch, dark bread and brown sugar. I’m digging this one... the trademark hops from Stone add an interesting element.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 Ample hazelnutty roastiness pleasantly mirrors some burnt toffee at times...Fruity caramel when squeezed produces lactic drops...Ground coffee beans and cocoa powder deliciously balances out the everlasting resinous hoppiness...
j12601 (8000) - 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.
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours opaque brown with a thin tan head and a fruity chocolate aroma. The flavor is also fruity and chocolate with some leather. Has probably mellowed with age into a pleasantly delicious brew.
BMan1113VR (7909) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Interesting beer. Pours with a long lasting, off-white head covering a hazy brown body. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, cinnamon, some wood and a touch of hops. Taste is oxidation, wood, caramel and chocolate malts. Had no idea that this was supose to be a beefed up mild, but it makes sense. Creamy mouthfeel with lively bubbles.
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"4 years later can’t taste the influence of the oak anymore. it was a pretty drinkable beer, but as the years have mellowed the already lower than normal hop prescence, it was good but nothing really special. maybe a different story when it was fresher.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Reddish brown beer with a big beige head. Rpasted malt aroma with a little nuttiness thrown in. Some citrus hops, but low on the threshold. Rich caramel, roasty malt flavors to go with a slight alcohol presence and some fruitiness. Dry finish. Basically a malty beer that gets a little tiring. I love Stone, but this doesn’t do it for me.
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured brownish with off white head. Aroma of sweet maltiness, toffee and a whiff of hops. The taste is dominated by a couple layer of malt: sweet, roasty, biscuit like and maple syrup. A certain fruitiness and hop bitterness rounded out the flavor for me.
douglas88 (7583) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from August 2004 thanks to footbalm. It’s cool that footbalm no longer shows up as a spelling error because I finally changed the setting a few years ago- a true honor for Eric! Pours a cloudy brown color with a medium orange head. The aroma is sweet chocolates, some oxidation and fruit. The flavor is much like a thinish porter, some chocolate, light oxidation, a thin body. Toasted malts.