Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, dark ruby colour with small white crown on top. Soft, subtle but hop accented aroma that is followed by sweet malts, dried plums and cherry. Quiet interesting combination. Very nice soft , medium bodied ale . Dominant hops character shown on front , malts and alcohol follows the act Pleasant and warming as you drink. Maybe a bit simplistic but works well.
Cletus (6354) - 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.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dark amber, bordering on brown with hues of plum. Head is is comprised of large off-white bubbles that settle to a dishwater like film. Attractive lacing with soft carbonation. Roasted malts, grains, and somewhat biscuity on the nose. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate and oak as well. Flavor is dominated, at least up front, by roasted malts. It is then followed by the noted vanilla and bourbon in the description, sweet with a good malt backbone. Great body, medium mouthfeel. Finishes with an ever so slight hop flavor. If you like a somewhat strong, malty, Brown Ale, this is your brew. Very satisfying.
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is light brown. Aroma is moderately malty (nuts, caramel, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of cask wood, smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A bit unbalanced (too starkly bitter in the finish), but this is a decent enough beer and not one I would expect Stone to make. The hop aroma is somewhat resinous/green, but it’s in the background so it doesn’t offend too much. Typical small/dying Stone head. Ordinary mouthfeel.
after4ever (6169) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, Foolish_Mortal! This one truly aged like a champ. Pours thick grainy dark brown. Dense moussy tan head that falls quickly away to a slim rim of foam, but it’s amazing after three and a half years that it popped up as forcefully as it did. Rich, sherry-like oxidation notes on the nose, without too much for company, but they smell so good it doesn’t matter a bit. Thick and creamy body. Mid-palate is soft and velvety. Rich raisins, dates, and sherry mark the quaff. Some nice resiny bitterness dancing across the mid-palate and into the finish. Not overpopulated with different flavor notes, but it still has complexity and subtlety within that spare palate. Fantastic stuff that’s drinking beautifully right now.
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear dark ruby with a small diminishing off-white head. Nice lacing. The aroma of caramel and roasted malts, brown sugar, hops and alcohol was kind of Barley Wine-like and it smelled fantastic. Flavour follows the aroma and tastes delicious. Medium to full bodied and well balanced. This is great, as usual Stone doesn’t dissapoint.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 Dark brown body with a fading head. Nose is that of a bakery harvest deploying abundant rasin bread, almonds and roasted malt aromas. Rich maltiness provides caramel, coffee and pumpernickel bread on a roasty background. Big bitterness in the finish. Slightly powdery texture, lightly astringent though never disturbing. Interesting to say the least.
Doesn’t seem to take the age too well. Dropping this from 3.5 to 3.2
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with tupalev and blankboy, provided by tupalev. Poured a deep hazy tawny red with a smallish diminishing head. Aroma was rich with hop medley, yeasty caramel roast malt, alcohol, a touch of pine resin - simple, well-blended, almost like a hoppier, thinner harvest ale. Taste of sweet citrusy slightly resiny hops, somewhat bitter burnt candy roast malt, alcohol, also somewhat mossy and lactic. Mouthfeel is creamy, alcoholic, not terribly lively but not flat either - overall this struck me more like a barley wine, terrific balance of hops and malt for such a big beer.
douglas88 (6122) - 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.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Deep ruby brown hue with small but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of piney and fruity hops, caramlized malts, smoke, wood, light mocha and vanilla, and a pronouned spice on the end. The taste starts bitter and spicy with a dose of bourbon barrel. The midsection is mostly malty and has chocolate/vanilla tones. The finish displays more wood and spices as well as a nutty dryness. The feel is like that of a watered down barleywine, teases you for a moment but never really bites the palate. Lightly sticky and traces of alcohol warming. Missing that something on the tongue. A good beer which does show room for improvement with a moderate aging. I look forward still to trying this in a few months.