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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 224   ABV: 7.48%
Specially brewed for the 2004 AOB Craft Brewers Conference held in San Diego, CA. This ale is the result of a collaborative effort between three San Diego County brewers and breweries. Peter Zien of AleSmith Brewing, Tomme Arthur of Pizza Port Solana Beach /Port Brewing, and Lee Chase of Stone Brewing all gathered together and brewed this celebratory ale up at the Stone Brewing Co. This Belgian-style strong golden ale was brewed with multiple yeast strains, a pretty substantial amount of Czech Saaz hops, and a touch of lemon grass.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 5, 2004
I liked this one. Thanks to SickBoy282 and Eric for sharing. Pours a light orange with a large fluffy white head. Banana, spice aroma. Light cinnamon and butter aroma. Banana/citrus flavor with a lightly sweet finish. Very well crafted by some excellent brewers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle from the cellar. Think I won this in a ratebeer contest 10 years ago. Aroma is sweet, with lots of toffee and candy sugar. Some cardboard oxidation is definitely present. Light banana esters. Moderate hazy honey colored body with a small, fairly weak off-yellow head. Starts with lots of oxidized wet cardboard. Has a little spiciness in the middle. Finishes with toffee, and scant esters. Body is a bit on the light side. Probably not the best idea to cellar this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ineedbeer (1369) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma is that of oxidation. Lots of cardboard, newspaper and honey. Light Lemon pepper character hiding behind the oxidation. Stale malt notes. Pours a pale, cloudy golden orange with a moderate, slightly off white head with above average retention. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor is slightly better than the aroma because the oxidation is less prevalent, but it is still very strong. Rather sweet with some light spice notes and stale malt. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium light carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a shadow of what it must have been. Really not good and a nice example of oxidation

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Cloudy orange pour with a white head. Kind of a faded, oxidized nose. Sweet toffee and caramel malt, some cardboard, floral notes, pear, and yeast. Light spice notes and a hint of citrus. Taste has some cardboard notes as well. Sweet toffee and caramel, pear, apple, mild spice, and yeast. Very light citrus on the finish, maybe a touch of peach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (3098) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by drabmuh, who loves Stone. Thanks Matt. The beer is mostly clear and light orange in color. The aroma brings faded pale ale, with some caramel malt, basement, light toffee. Not nearly as bad as I thought. That said, this is past its prime, unless you particularly enjoy old tasting brews. Mild alcohol with dank malt, maybe rain water. Like lapping up a puddle in a deserted California alley when you are too drunk to find fresh water. Fun. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-31-2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of drabmuh at the Stone tasting. Served in a Stone goblet. Pours golden with a thin white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings some pilsner malt plus a bit of yeasty spice and a touch of fruitiness. The flavor is a bit spicy with good carbonation carrying some flavor through, though honestly there’s not much left to this one. Body is light to medium with a somewhat-dry finish. Past its prime, no doubt. Still, thanks to Matt for finding this one and sharing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Poured from bottle by Mr. Greg Koch himself at the start of Stone Winter Storm 2010. Poured a hazy yellow with small white head. Faint aroma of dusty yeast and some citrus (lemon). Flavor really shows the age as well with more dust and light citrus. I didn’t yet live in San Diego in 2004, but I wonder why three great San Diego breweries (Stone-Port-Alesmith) would opt for a Belgian-style ale rather than something on the hoppy side. Still, I was happy to try this -- thanks for sharing, Greg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5079) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Pour from Greg the morning of winter storm 2010. Hazy gold/orange pour. The age on this beer is noticable. Fruit, bready malt, sweetness, cardboard, oxidation, and sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Taster poured by Greg Koch at Winter Storm. Poured a hazy golden with a thin white head. Aroma tells it’s age, some cardboard and sweet malts, perhaps some honey. Flavor is similarly old tasting, a good deal of oxidation, little hops left, some bread and sweet fruits. Moderate palate and carbonation is still good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle shared from the man himself "Greg Koch" of Stone. Poured a very interesting yellow/green color like an ecto cooler. Not much aroma going on in this. It was past its prime and somewhat dusty. Very much appreciated the taster though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Poured by the man Greg Koch himself..Pours a hazy light orange with no head...Smell is slightly sweet but not much there...Flavor is slightly sweet also but not much there, very light...Thin body...Awesome that I got to try this.

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