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 (536) - 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.
BHeart (72) - - MAY 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Basically like chewing on something- super thick, like a milkshake, super chocolately and rich. Malty, supremely. Delicious.
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acf62006 (1) - Arlington, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am still working on being a beer snob, but this 1 is in my top 10. It had a nice creamy light brown head and a tounge full of marshmellows with a nice chocolate finish. Will definetly be buying a case of this to age.
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Plenty of sheeting lace. Lot of beer in the bottle here. Indistinct nose of roasty dark malts, a little ash and bitter chocolate maybe. Creamy thick body, little carb. Roasty, cocoa-y, dense, heavy mid-palate. Suddenly gets quite acetic and ashy near the end.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is very complex with all the hops and malts. Appearance is very dark, almost stout-esque. Taste is very nice. It has a very smooth mouth-feel. It has a great drinkability for a beer with such a high abv.
natejgood (384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium-dark brown. Fairly clear with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and raisins. Flavor of sweet malts with a bit of bitter coffee and anise on the back end. The flavor is a bit too sweet and muddles in my opinion, but an interesting beer.
mjg74 (2434) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Casa De Oro. Strong hopped nose. A bit of a gusher. Roasted maltiness, with a decent level of hops. Alcohol is well hidden. Decent brew.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased from Total Wine for $5.99. This poured a very dark brown cola color yet almost black with a very nice tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, black licorice, and dough. Taste is initially sweet followed by a nice roast and a slight alcohol burn. There is a slight lingering bitterness of course because thats is how Stone rolls baby! Did not really know what to expect from this. Not amazing, however for $5.99 a damn well great American Strong Ale/Imperial Porter/whatever you want to call it.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Barronís. The appearance is a deep dark roasted malt shell brown. A huge volcanic dark cream head. The nose is fruity with a lot of roasted malts. Flavors are roasted coffee, chocolate powder, non-spicy peppercorns, earthy dirt hop tones, peaty malts build in there a lot as well. There was some Belgium yeasty flavors early in the brew but I am not really picking up on them now. Some definite muted grapefruit sprouts up in there too as well as a touch of booziness.. Very creamy mouth. This beer is reminiscent of their El Camino Real and Juxtaposition, both of which I enjoyed. This one is quickly growing on me and I might have to pick up some more to enjoy and/or age.