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 (5735) - 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 (4230) - St. Louis Park, 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 (1983) - 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 (3225) - 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 (7300) - 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 (2805) - 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.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtown Harry. Nice ruby red colour, small white head. Strong aroma of cherry candy and hops. Soft medium mouthfeel. Taste of hops - lots of piney hops and the front and back. Some malt sweetness associated with the amber style as well. A little watery and bland. Finishes with toasty malt and some grapefruit hops. One of the better ambers I have had, enjoyable session beer.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Deep golden color with a creamy ivroy head with a light pine aroma. An evanescence quality to the taste of this beer. Citrus and spices give very good character to this ale. Not the best Stone, but as usual, far better than most other beers.