douglas88 (6793) - 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.
drowland (6591) - 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.
Radek Kliber (6586) - 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.
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle (from notes 2008). Pours a clear deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, caramel, wood, vanilla, a hint of alcohol, honey, just a touch of roasted malt. Good mouthfeel, good flavor.
slowrunner77 (6546) - 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.
Ernest (6540) - 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 (6485) - 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 (6412) - 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.
BBB63 (6364) - 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.
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.