radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>JohnC, thanks John. Beautiful copper in colour, off-white head, nice retention, nice lace. The aroma was of caramel malts, biscuits, some citrus hops as well. The flavour starts off earthy with some caramel, nice citrus hops take hold, some pepper. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, high carbonation. Finishes with a lingering light bitterness, dry.
Saarlander (1680) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit sweeter, and maltier, but from first sip you can tell its a Stone brew, citrus and hops dominate, but I like this one for the mild alcohol, its a great regular drinker!
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a small white head on a dark orange-brown body. Strong aroma of malts and citric hops. Malty taste with citric hops following on a lingering bitter note. Dry medium-thick body.
blankboy (5625) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. F**k me, this is classified as an Amber Ale?! It’s way too good to be an Amber Ale. Pours a clear bubbly dark amber with a large fizzy off-white head. Nice aroma of citrus hops, fruit and caramel malt -- not as hoppy as most Stone beers but it still smells great! Very tasty flavour of nice roasty malt, some fresh citrus hops, caramel and a big bitter aftertaste. It’s funny how Stone’s most commercial beer is still better than many breweries’ whole line of beers. Very easy to drink, this would make a great session ale.
JK (4174) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
You can’t do much more than this with an amber ale. Light brown and lightly carbonated. There is an aroma of herbal hops that promises a bitter beer. And the flavor is a lot like a bitter, with very light hops and a light malt body.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Now this is an amber with charactor; nice nutty caramel and light citrus notes in the nose; well balanced, woody and a hint of chocolate over the dominating toffee, caramel and citrus base; somewhat bitter finish; very good and very drinkable
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Santa. Pours a light copper color with a fluffy light brown head that receedes leaving a thick lacing. Nose is quite malty, light nuts and roastiness. Big bitter hops upon first sip, stings the palate throughout for several seconds. sorta dies down to reveal some malty, roasty, undertones. very unexpected and a very nice suprise. Finishes with a slight bitterness retaining in your throat and a light film over your entire mouth.
oldrtybastrd (3226) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of caramel, hint of fruit and hops. Nice creamy malt taste with a nice hop bitterness.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 2009-06-26. Did not take substantial notes but this had much more orange and more resin than I recall my previous sample having. Fresher and more assertive. + 1 overall. Bottle, from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
December 2005. Bottle. Dark ruby tinged amber. with a good sized beige head. Hoppy caramel aroma. Flavour is likewise, with plently of caramel and malt and pleasant moderate green hops, and mild resin notes. A bit like Arrogant Bastards younger brother? Average to medium bodied palate. Quite nice, I liked this better than the Stone Pale Ale. Thanks Harry. 6/4/6/4/15 - 3.5
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks to HogTownHarry. Lovely dark copper colour with a small white head. Inviting aroma of fresh hops with some fruit & toasty malt notes. Flavour holds some nice sweetness, with some caramel & honey, and a solid but not overpowering herbal hop finish. Nice stuff that would be a regular session beer for me if it was easily available locally.