riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice nose oxidized port nose aged woody earth caramel brown bread. Brown hazy reddish orange pour. Thin tarnish head. Caramel brown bread toast vanilla light wood and earth. Oxidize d sweetness honey. Held up incredibly well. Well carbonated. Good stuff lingering g light port notes.
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a glowing reddish color with a large off white head and nice lacing. Rather muted aroma of vanilla, caramel, and light roasted chocolate. Taste was bursting with vanilla, chocolate malts, light citric hops, caramel malts, and warming bourbon alcohol feeling on the way down. The roasted qualities really stood out strong here. Very enjoyable. Not like anything else I've had recently.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was a bit leery of this one after reading the reviews and descriptions - it really didnít sound like a style that Iíd like. But whadduya know, it was really impressive. Really nice reddish brown with a sturdy tan head. Nice chestnut aroma, with hints of cinnamon and allspice. Really smooth palate, Nicely nutty, malty spicy flavor, with just enough hops to mitigate the sweetness and balance it out somewhat, and just a slight and unobtrusive alcohol burn. Very full bodied and satisfying.
Emil (6065) - 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.
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gorgeous garnet with nearly no head, save the whitish ring around the circumference of the glass. Nose is a rich roasted malt, light cocoa, wood, faint alcohol, and light vanilla. Taste is big malts with a definite woody presence. The alcohol comes out more here too. Light cocoa, light spice, faint caramel, and a timid hop profile. Body is medium full and a bit chewier than expected. The finish is more roasted malts with a tad more bitterness and a slight notion of alcohol with faint wood notes. GOOD beer! Got to get more of this!
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium head with standard retention. Aroma consists of strong malt and lots of hops. Taste is quite bitter but well supported by the malt. I very much enjoyed this typical west coast beer. Now, Iím curious to try some other Stone Anniversary beer.
ClarkVV (5802) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
September 2004 Draught pint at Redbones.
Pours a deep mahogany brown color with ample beige head, moderate retention receding to a ring. Smells strongly of light wood notes, mashed walnuts and rum, leafy, green resinous hops and thick and dry toffee. Flavor is hugely toffeeish, lightly roasted and rather woody. Fair amount of alcohol warmth on the end and a thick texture, coating, but with quite a bit of carbonation. Quite jumbled and forceful at this point. No doubt time will help.
12/10/2005 Bottle from Suttree, thanks!
Same mahogany brown color with deep auburn tinges on the edges, mostly clear with a foamy and lasting beige-tan head and light lacing. Aroma smells of thick raisins, brown sugar, light oak, dry English toffee, clean alcohol and a chewy caramel. Aroma is quite sniffable, and still vibrant at this point, providing for a more English barleywine-like effect with the hops having fallen off considerably at this point. Flavor is rich and strong though, with more brown sugar, walnut paste, sweet toffee and heavy cream with sugar. Oak on the end provides dryness, as does the light alcohol warmth. But the alcohol does not sting or disrupt the palate, and is well integrated. Raisins and vanilla, with a touch of bakerís chocolate linger. I though Leeís Mild was a very well-constructed beer, and this carries on the tradition. The filtration works against the mouthfeel, but the carbonation is not heavy. Sort of a fluffy texture, ending lightly watery. Quite complex and dark without the added astringency/acidity of heavily roasted dark strong ales and stouts. Creamy vanilla, wood and raisins really go well together.
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brownish/amber pour with almost no head. An aroma of roasted malt is dominate. A flavor of sweet maltiness and a warmth that surprises me from the 7.8%. A pleasant bitter finish. When I opened it and poured it the aroma reminded me of a Barley wine but the look didnít. Iíve had this beer before and had this one in the frige for a while. I donít remember liking it this well. I wish I had another. I enjoyed it very much.
JK (5741) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is best at room temperature. There is a very nice port aroma. Several flavors including oatmeal, coffee, and rice with soy sauce, with some alcohol taste.