Radek Kliber (6297) - 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.
Rastacouere (6106) - 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.
Doesnít seem to take the age too well. Dropping this from 3.5 to 3.2
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanx to Jannik. Hazy red colour with a small beige head. Sweet caramel malty, dusty wood, light roasted, nutty, hoppy aroma and taste, light alcoholic. Medium to full body with a sweet dry, light alcoholic finish.
Ernest (6018) - 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 itís in the background so it doesnít offend too much. Typical small/dying Stone head. Ordinary mouthfeel.
5000 (5984) - 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.
HogTownHarry (5977) - 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.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: An past-due-date fruity, nutty caramelized beer. Too late.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when around five year of age. Bottle sent to me as a bonus(!) by CaptainCougar, thanks a lot Tom
The look: Cloudy redish-brown body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Rich nose of caramel and dark fruits and a light oxidation. Taste is unfortunately dominated by oxidation. Lots and lots of cardboard. Underneath the oxidation is almonds wrapped in caramel, dark fruits. Also some maderisation with Sherry notes. Adequate medium carbonation. The beer is obviously way past its prime. There might be bottles well cellared that are still good but I fear most bottles are now just like the one I just drank. I donít remember having it fresh, I donít know if I ever had it fresh. This was probably once a very good beer because despite its obvious aging problems the beer was still quite drinkable. I did hesitate before entering my rating on a beer that is so obviously past due-date. But given that there is still a market for this 5 year old beer (as well as much older Stone beers) I think it is fair that I voice my opinion and say that this beer is now gone. I probably had it fresh in my early ratebeer time. I donít remember. Five years ago this was probably a very good beer, but now it is five years old. Iím against aging beer but Iím exactly like everybody else, I donít care about my opinions and I think I have an attitude problem.
marcus (5896) - 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.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by czuber! Definite oxidized aroma with cardboard and mint. Bready aspects follow. Milk chocolate in the flavor with bread toast and mint. Interesting.
after4ever (5861) - 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 itís 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 doesnít 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 thatís drinking beautifully right now.