kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle via Homebrew Mystery Sawp (thanks dirty_martini!) THis one pours almost black with ruby highlights and an average sized tan head. Nose is mostly citrus and floral hops. Taste starts with just a little sweetness and them blam..itís pretty much all about the orange and grapefruit Northwest hops...with a little pine in there as well. The finish is fairly dry, with some roastiness...and there is somewhat of a metallic aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation moderate.This is MUCH beeter than Stone 10th though. Basically it is an IIPA that has been blackened imho. But whatever, it is a tasty beer. Oh..and the abv is well-hidden.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Very familiar, yet very different. Like a double IPA witha porter twist. Like Dogfish Headís IBA or Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter, but with way more hops, a little more alcohol and a little less thickness. Hides the alcohol well. Incredible balance. A really nice beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with slight red highlights. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted and caramel malt, heavy grapefruit and orange citrus hops and light alcohol. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, while the inishwas moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. The flavor was caramel and roasted malt with pine and citrus hops all together. The medium to full body was syrupy and lighlty fizzy with a somewhat metallic, lighlty astringent and lighlty alcoholic finish.
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from Bauer Wine and Spirits. Pours black like a porter with a small white head. Nose is very roasty with some traditional stone hops lying underneath. The hops really overpower the roasty flavors in the finish. I like hops, but not this much. Alcohol well noted in the finish as well.
AmEricanbrew (6656) - 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 (7134) - 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 (605) - North Shore, 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.