AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Popping the cap on this it smells like an IPA, pouring it in a glass it looks like a porter. Nice piney hops with an earthy musty peat malt type flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and relatively easy drinking for a Stone big brew. 10/23/07
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark color - slightly thin off white head. Aroma of very dark strong coffee, wheat, rye bread and a hint of fruit. Flavor is full bodied and smooth - some hoppiness, grass, pine, and dark malts. Surprisingly not heavy as the flavor would seem to indicate. Bourbon-like tangy finish. Very nice.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Body-black nearly opaque body with a thin ring of bubbles. Nose-fresh chewing tobacco, clay, fresh cut plywood, light wheat malt extract, watermelon juice, fresh grass, stale hops. Taste-salt, lots of rye, medium aroma hops, tobacco, brown sugar, low sweetness, low alcohol, medium bitter, hay, grassy, good use of flavor and aroma hops, grassiness dominates in a very good way. A very well crafter beer that you can tell a lot of thought went into.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark ebony color with tawny edges, nice tan head and decent head and lacing. The nose is hoppy, resinous and chemically almost with some bright astringency; roast twang and a full pineapple/grapefruit hoppiness. The flavor is fairly hot, plenty of darker malts, some roast, but mainly a hop bitterness and sweet caramelly alcohol balance. The finish is fruity, full body and a solid creamy mouthfeel, a bit much bitterness, but thatís nice knowing that this wonít fall apart as fast as last years anniversary beer. Nice! Probably better in another year.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber - oh man, I canít believe I stumbled across a bottle of this in Michigan recently. A true coup for me. Anyway, the beer pours a gorgeous dark dark brown, just a shade lighter than black, with some ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. A huge rocky crown sits atop the glorious liquid and leaves a thick layer of lace on the inside of the glass. Massive pine and citrus notes in the aroma - very fresh seeming, like smelling a Christmas tree. Nothing subtle here. There is also a sour layer in there and, unlike some of Stoneís other big beers, a surprisingly good amount of malt. Mmmmmm, I just canít stop smelling this. Big hops to start in the mouth, but again, probably a massive amount of malted barley to keep it this (surprisingly) balanced. Not to say that it is some subtle British mild - everything about this beer is stupidly over the top and I love it. Long bitter finish that comes and goes in waves, but thereís a sweetness in there too from all that malt, and a sort of dry chocolaty character as well. Alcohol comes in a bit in the mid-palate, but is very well-integrated. I felt like the enamel was being stripped from my teeth while drinking this. Absolutely and utterly awesome!
blankboy (5950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My bottle (22oz) shared with tupalev. Pours a very deep dark brown with a large lasting foamy tan head -- almost looks like a Porter! (4+) Big aroma of green hops, lots of dark malt and some light roastness. Interesting flavour, it starts with a spice or something that I canít place followed by spicy hops, lots of dark malt, a hint of chocolate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Very good stuff, like a IIPA for the winter or something, definitely not a session beer but damn tasty.
mkgrenwel (564) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big smoky chocolatey malt, standing up against a good amount of hops, but not insane amounts. Bitterness overwhelms everything. Itís hard to tell if that bitterness is just from hops, or if itís a malt issue. Smoky, but a bit more like ash and charcoal than smoked malt. Sweetness is knocked out quick with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and dense. Big alcohol burn all over the mouth. Stone has not been hiding the alcohol well, particularly on the anniversary beers. Mouthfeel: check. Complexity: moderate. Balance: lacking. Alcohol burn: present and accounted for. A noble experiment, but not much of a crafted beer. Just an idea executed competently but not expertly.
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown pour. Very citrusy on the pour. Nice dark roasted malty flavor and went well with the american hops.
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very fine ASA, this one pours a very dark, reddish brown with a nice light tan head. Nose is hop dominated, though the flavor is hops with citrus and a bit of pepper. A very good offering from Stone.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown with ruby highlites and a small light tan head. Aroma is much hoppier than the color would suggest, with notes of pine, some grapefruit rind. Lying underneath the hops is a bit of sweet toasty bread and honey. The flavor is interesting, with notes of roasted coffee and chocolate backing up a strong IPA-like hoppiness with predominantly piney and grassy flavors, with perhaps a touch of citrus. A reasonable cross between some sort of malty ASA or perhaps even a stout witih an IPA. However, Iím not sure the flavors are sharing a synergistic relationship. Theyíre decent together, but might have been better separate, and perhaps might even be getting in the way of each other. A decent idea that was well-made, but almost a bit too much contrast for this to be amongst my favorite Stone brews.