brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves some great lacing.
S: The smell is pretty much your typical barleywine: toffee, brown sugar, caramel. While the hops that were certainly the focal point of this beer at one time have long since faded, there is still a very nice citrus aroma.
T: The flavors follow the nose fairly closely, however they are a bit muted. The caramel, toffee, and sugar are certainly there, along with a noticeable about of alcohol. Any hop flavors that are left are mostly covered up by the sweetness, except for a mild bitterness on the finish.
M: The body is full and the carbonation is actually surprisingly lively, even if it is a bit on the light side.
D: Like any sweet, 10% ABV beer, there’s only so much "drinkability" to it. I am actually somewhat of a fan of this beer in its current state, however I can only imagine how delicious it would have been fresh. bhensonb (15352) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Floral, pine and citrus in the aroma. Orangy amber color. Very little head, but lots of tiny bubbles. Seems to start with grapefruit, then some malty sweetness, then on to pineness. That evergreen aroma may be a little more cedar than pine. Certainly smells well. The high alcohol tends to dominate the finish. Really excellent. Ratman197 (14973) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bomber pourede a clesr coppeer with a lasting amber head. Aromas of earthiness, carmel, pine, grassiness and some herbal notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, pepper, sweet malt, hint of pine and light orange with a warming lingering bitter finish. Alcohol was very obvious. Much, much better than Ruination. Tmoney99 (14622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with an average rocky off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy caramel malt and sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy smooth balanced flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.This is a standout beer. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 (9/27/06, 22oz bottle) Crystal clear deep amber body topped by a medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, herbal, caramel, peach, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, peach syrup, light alcohol, cane sugar. Alcohol is held well by the resiny, sticky full body.
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2009
(3/5/08, 22oz bottle) For some reason I saved a bottle, then of course forgot about it. Tonight when I opened it, it was a gusher and a boozy mess. I’m not going to knock my score down, because this isn’t something that makes much sense to age. All the same, it’s about a 2.4 now, a waste of money to have saved it.
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Gathering. Pours an amber color with a medium head. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, citrus hops and something a bit cheesy. Taste is toffee and citrus hops. Very high bitterness level. Full bodied. Christian (13680) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
Cloudy orange with a yellowish, off-white head. Grapefruit, peach, apricot and syrup in the aroma. Alcohol is very obvious in the very sweet flavour, much hop flavour and of course, bitterness too. When it comes to sweet peachy IIPAs, I prefer the Maharaja BeerandBlues2 (13595) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle purchased and consumed at Gunnison Brewery. Pours sparkling amber with a small, rocky, off-white head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, toasted grain), heavy hops (perfume, pine), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of apple, pear, and honey. Medium bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. Dogbrick (13146) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 Rerate 06/26/08: Had a sample of this in the Stone gift shop and the aging by 2 years has improved what was already a good beer. The look and smell of the beer are primarily the same but it has more nuanced flavors. I thought this beer was very good on draught and aged a couple years. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
01/08/07 (4.1): Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. The beer is a clear orange-amber color with a thin ivory-colored head that stays for a bit. Thin spotty lacing on the whole glass. Piney hops aroma that has floral and citrus notes here and there. Rich and smooth mouthfeel with a nice sweet malt base that props up a juicy, resiny hops flavor. Sweet fruit (peaches) shows up at times too. As with most Stone beers, the complex flavor profile does not affect drinkability at all. The finish is hoppy with a good malt base. Overall this beer seems to fall somewhere between a normal and double IPA. While not solidly in either category, it is still a very good beer.
(Bottle) Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of fresh citrus (orange, pink grapefruit, lemon). Flavor of bready malt, caramel, and hops. Fairly average compared to other IIPAs.