NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wow, I didnít expect this at all. Nice amber pour with a thick head. Fresh, bready aroma with hints of carmel and yeast. Malty flavors with more carmel. Herbal finish. Thereís something here that I donít really like, but itís hard to tell what. It may be the slightly edgy finish.
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Initial burst of malty, floral and hoppy aroma that became more subtle after a few seconds and included hints of caramel and vanilla. Clear, amber/brown color with frothy tan head that dissipated into a minimal head fairly quickly. Malty, roasted flavors with some floral hop character and slight caramel. With each sip, there was a powerful spike of bitterness that only lasted a second and settled into a pretty well balanced flavor. Medium carbonation. Medium-bodied.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 29, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle...clear amber pour with a generous off white head. Sweet malt aroma, with some floral hops. Sour start, very sour. Some roasted malt in the middle, also piney hops. Mouthfeel is expected, nothing about this beer stands out except the aroma. The sourness is a definate detraction.
DYCSoccer17 (3549) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Floral, sweet, hoppy herbal aroma with hints of brown sugars. Almost smells like a bitter. Transparent amber color with a foalmy light tan head and nice lacing. Start is somewhat thin with significantly roasted malts in the middle. Quite toasty. Mild hoppiness to finish. Rather thin to finish. Decent every day session beer, although the burnt toastiness is a little harsh for my palate.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Releases a caramel malty sweetness with a touch of piney hops. A nice tan head forms with a creatory head possessing medium sized bubbles. A nice light mahogany colored body. Wow what an amber. A lot of the ambers Iíve had have no balls. This has a stern smokey sweet maltiness with a nice hop backbone. Once again, Stone does not disipoint!
SpringsLicker (3319) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Foolish_Mortal for this!
This pours beautifully, large off white head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. Dark amber color with deep ruby highlights.
Citrusy hop nose that goes way past an Amber Ale. A full malt flavor that is balanced by a nice hop bitterness. A touch of astringency in the palate is the only flaw in this one. This brew needs to be marketed along side all of the other Stone creations here in Tennessee.
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Hairofthedog for sending this out to me, as this one doesnít get sent East by Stone. Nice looking ruby brown, clear, with a good head. Aroma was mix of earth, citrus, and caramel, pleasant. Flavors matched the aroma, balanced, good hop character, an excellent amber. I can see why Stone doesnít bother shipping this out East though, as this is simply a well done version of a style that has been worked over before.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. A little lacing on the glass, but otherwise has a thin mouthfeel. Has subtle undertones of nutty malts, but main flavor is slightly sweet with a bitter finish. This is a very mild, light beer compared to Stoneís other brews. Definately better than major generic beers, but not my preference. Good for when you want to pound a few and not feel like you ate a 7 course meal.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This had a very piney flavor, orange peel flavors following behind. decently balanced.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt orange amber color, fluffy white head, decent lingering. Piney hop aroma with a tinge of citrus, some malt presence afternwards. Light body, with a mellow palate that gets crisper towards the end. Subdued malt flavors, yeast esters and a resinous hop characters dominate the overall flavor. Nice crisp texture to the finish. A quality brew in its own right, but really shines in application. A stepping stone (bad pun) for the unenlightened with bad beer palates. Or at least a good session beer for parties of mixed palate crowds.