MartinT (7482) - 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...
DocLock (7445) - 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.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Re-Rate December 19, 2004. Ruby brown body, respectable but smallish beige head. Mild but prevalent non-coffee roast. Touch of alcohol and muted chocolate. Flavour has a dark chocolate bitterness and a touch of roastiness. Alcohol is very restrained, making its presence known quite politely. Medium to full bodied, very well balanced. Quite enjoyed this one. Underrated. 3+/7/8/4/17<P>Original Rating Ruby brown with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is malt and a touch of brown sugar. Touch of bitterness and mild roasty malt. Dry finish. This was pretty late in the evening at Toronto Christmas Party 2004 so I am glad to have a bottle in the cellar for a re-rate. 6/3/6/3/14
Dogbrick (7137) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber-brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is very roasted, sweet and malty. Rich-bodied and very toasty and dry, with a pleasantly sweet malt and nut flavor. Just a bit of hops make it well-balanced and nice to drink. The finish is toasted malt and caramel with a hint of bitterness. Overall this is an amped up Brown Ale that I could enjoy regularly.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear ruby brown with a thinly lacing very light tan head. Mild chocolate, coffee and bitter hoppy aroma is very true to a brown ale. Starts semi-sweet and bitter, turning more dry and hopy toward a mildly warming oaky bittering hoppy finish. Stone has again produced a very unique anniversary brew, but it could use a touch more balance. Some aging will probably help. Thanks to whaleman for the trade!
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured an excellent shade of deep ruby with a ring of beige head. Aroma really drew me in... deep dark fruits (prunes and cherries), smoke, oak, chocolate, and some faint roastiness were all in there. Flavor picked up toasted oak chips throughout, with baker’s chocolate, caramel, smoke, and English hoppy bitterness. Barleywine-style sweetness provided a solid base. Became heavier and more taxing on the palate as it warmed. Bitter and fruity on the finish. I really enjoyed this one.
j12601 (6585) - 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.
bb (6532) - 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 (6450) - 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.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not at all what I was expecting. Bottled 22 oz. pours a dark amber in color with strong floral hints on the nose. Taste is a bit on the caramelly side with a nice bitter hoppy finish. I was very impressed with this offering.