RedSox2004 (1253) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown with a nice tan head, solid retention and very nice lace. Subtle aromas of chocolate, vanilla, toast and roasted malt. Flavors come on a bit stronger, and feature dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, a touch of rye, and bittering hops. Full body, minimal carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, and an understated alcohol presence, considering the abv.
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark in color, clear with a thin head. Big alcohol forward malt bomb. I get a fruity spice forward flavor. Easy drinking big bitch of a beer. Interesting this was defiantly a one of type brew. Hoppy 13 Mattís
eros47 (50) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells very sweet. I detected notes of chocolate, licorice, and a bit of oak. A very faint smell from the hops. Very bready. DId not detect any alcohol, which is quite surprising considering this a very big beer at 11.4% abv. Pitch black, pours very thick almost like motor oil. Three finger head, khaki colored. Taste like is smells. As the beer warms the flavors intensifie. Full body, thick. Finishes sweet with a hint of smoke/ oak. Awesome beer.
drjay44 (2640) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, long duration beige head, over a clear, brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is coffee, molasses, cocoa, brown sugar, treacle....taste is molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, leading to a bitter spice, light hop finish, with the sensation of sweetness throughout.....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol present, carbonation low. While this is a drinkable Strong Ale, the aromas and flavors do not do justice to the melange of ingredients. That is the problem with this beer. There is so much going on that it is muddled without any standout character. There are other "hyper ingredient" beers with similar difficulties. To get the most out of this donít serve it cold, and leave it to breathe, in many ways it is almost a wine. BJCP 7/3/15/4/6
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Meaty beer in more ways than one. Spicy-hot nose. Full bodied with a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Curiously spicy, possibly from the rye plus alcohol nips, but it also kind of has a chili pepper note. Malt flavors are very grainy and toasted. Lesser notes of black licorice, chocolate and nuts. Hops are pretty bold as well, with lots of grass and hay, and they somehow keep up with all the malts. Overall, even though the beer is a little muddled, I enjoyed it. Itís kind of like an Arrogant Bastard on steroids.
Bartzilla (534) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, not great. Genre-bending, thatís for sure. Not sure if "hot" is the right term to use here. Maybe warm. No doubt this is at 11% as the booze is a player here. Not one of my favorite anniversary ales from Stone, but not the worst either. Very malty with that familiar hop character from other Stone ales in recent years.
Itís not bad. Glad I tried it. Nothing to write home ab...... wait...
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours like cola, dark brown with quite a bit of foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and some pine. Taste is similar with some chocolate notes and a fair amount of resin and bitterness. This thing is kind of all over the place. Not sure what this thing is trying to be...it is not a stout, not a black IPA...Strong ale? Not so sure.
Zeswaft (1370) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Over the top in almost all respects. Hops i can handle but the malt is way too syrupy for me. Itís a taste sensation but a schooner is about all i could enjoy and now i have half a bomber left.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown to brownish black. Head was quite large and a rather light tan color; very dense and pillowy and slowly left a thick sheet of lace on the glass. Nose isnít necessarily faint, but thereís nothing overly distinct within it either; somewhat musty/dusty and malt-forward, or so it seems...and then at the end of the aroma comes some plastic and playdough notes alongside some scattered hints of chocolate. Flavors are astringently bitter with plasticy yeast hints, but mostly just unpalatably bitter. It doesnít seem to even have a main flavor; just bitterness and booze, oh, and then plastic. Maybe plastic is the main flavor here. I guess this beer also has a hint maybe something akin to an artificially flavored malted milkshake...made from powder but then astringently bitter.. Well, Iíve certainly had worse Stone beers, but this still sucks. Why would Bottleworks want to work with Stone to make an Anniversary beer? Does that mean Bottleworks is no longer relevant in the beer scene since they apparently have failed to keep up with the current state of the craft beer industry? Everyone thatís anyone knows Stone hasnít done anything respectable in years, and this is another prime example; they are a one-note pony with every one of their beers tasting pretty much the same yet slightly different, yet really, the same. So, if youíre a fan of "beers" exhibiting strongly astringent, unpalatable bitterness, hot boozy bodies, and rather unrefined flavors; this budís for you.
michaelinwa (591) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown, lots of head that hang around a while. Aroma is mostly complex malt. Flavor is fairly intense malt and hop bitterness, with the malt side having some nice notes of raising, bread and maybe chocolate. The hops seem to dominate however. The beer is about as thick as anything Iíve ever tried, and it just makes it seem unrefined. Itís not a bad beer, but I would not need to try it again. As big in flavor and as thick as it is, it would be interesting to age it for at least 5 years, but I just donít know that itís really worth the wait.