AmEricanbrew (5516) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber with a thin head. Smells caramel sweet with a touch of spices. Smooth med.body. Taste mjrrors the smell with a hoppy bitterness to finish. 61006
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a frothy off white head. Nose reminds me of tangerine peel and caramel. There is the patina of oxidation in this beer, but it carries it well. Sweet caramel, lots of orange juice, some peach and apricot, and still a strong grapefruit rind in the finish. The alcohol is more prominent than I would have expected from a 7.8% beer. This is still a nice strong ale and should still have a couple of years left in it. Thanks to Kramer17801 for hooking me up with this retired beer.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone’s 2008 Winter Storm. Mild hoppy aroma. Yellow amber color. Little bitterness. Some oxidation. Decent.
puzzl (3232) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2.5 years old now. This was one of the first limited release beers I ever saw in stores -- I started drinking good beer right around when it came out -- but at the time it was too expensive for me. It was gone soon after, but luckily I got one as an extra in a trade (sorry, can’t remember who!) so I finally get to try this beer.
I probably wouldn’t have been too crazy about it fresh, but it’s aged very nicely. Old, peanut-butter hops aroma, loosely sweet and chalky. Pours with a beautiful head. Bitterness is all but gone in the flavor, only touching at the finish, with a syrupy hop flavor and strong backing body. Like an amber without the deluge of crystal. Chewy and perfectly carbonated.
radagast83 (4049) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Brickskeller in DC on January 11th, 2008. Pours a clear orange/gold with a thick head. Aroma is a mild hop and malt aroma. Flavor is banana, spices. Slight oxidation (or what I felt may have been) but not enough to be of any real concern to me. Not as good as the 11th, but a solid brew from Stone.
jgb9348 (4440) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear orange coloured body with a super-thin white head..not looking too great! Aroma of hops, strong alcohol, bitter wheat and little else - way too alcoholic. Full-bodied; Sweet taste up front with apricots, peaches, apples and some fresh hops thrown in. Strong bitter malt and caramel lingers further behind - a bit too much. Overall, a decent beer, but too over the top for the style. Worth trying once and only once. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 26-September-2005.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Bottle from crown liquors 15 in fishers, in. Just about clear gold with thick pillow esque head thick lacing. Funky hop aroma with similar taste with a bitter finish. This beer held up extremely well. has a doughy finish almost chewy.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Draft at O’Brien’s. Hazy gold pour. Aroma shows some age with some mild smoke and a lot of sweet malt. The flavor is of some banana, oxidation, smokiness, and spices.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber at Pete’s pad on 12/5/07. Blown away by how well this thing held up! wow. Simply a nice beer. Palate is soft, clean, elegant, and a little buttery. Subtle bittering hops in the flavor and finish make this a pleasure to sip on. The wheat aspect adds a little intrigue. Curious what this was like fresh...guess I’ll never know.
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this beer on 4/30/2006. Aroma is light with only faint hints of hops to it. Color is a bright, lightly hazy gold with very good carbonation and a nice tight head. Taste is light, fresh and bitter. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a crisp feel. Finish comes out of this crisp feel with a full sharp bitterness and just a faint maltyness. Overall I think its good although it is very bitter its a drinkable and well balanced beer.