j12601 (13036) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. The last of the Stone anniversaries I drank, as I still have the 11th and 12th at home and wanted to save space for other exciting things. Pours a clear brown amber with a thin white head. Plums, prunes, and caramel. Comes off almost exactly like the 9th, though not as oxidized. Light bitter finish. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2006
22oz bottle. Poured a deep orange / amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, orange peel, spicy hopiness, pine, tropical fruitiness, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus, spicy, melons, caramel, and has a light sugary sweetness. Some alcohol in the finish. Nicely bitter with a lighter sweet balance. thewolf (12757) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle @ tasting at my place.Sammy (12623) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2006
[thank you, boutip!]
Pours a hazy amber with a medium frothy white head. Aroma is a soapy hops, and lots of flowers, caramel and general freshness. Nice, creaminess to the mouthfeel. Flavour is hoppy with little caramel background but not too much at all. Peach, flowers and hops hops hops. Nice!
Wafting aroma greets me, a barleywine aroma in there. A great bubblyhead, lace in the glass is abundant. Its c-hoppy and it remiods me of a barleywine, some cross-style. Aggressive carbonation, and big in every way. Full mouthfeel and balanced not as bitter as expected from hop city.
slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2016 to be fair, i think i had this 2006 beer past it’s prime (1/09), but it’s all i have to go on...still pretty good, although the hops have mellowed too much and it tasted and had the body of a hoppy barleywine as opposed to an imperial ipa. i bet it was awesome in 06 or 07!"
2016-finally a fresh bottle of the encore. Lots of orange/orange peel and pine. Oddly thinner and less alcoholic than the 8.5% V I had last night. Another good one, though far from the best AV beer.
jcwattsrugger (12518) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
on tap -pours a light tan head and gold color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel apple, hint of spice. Taste is medium malt-caramel, apple (25% crystal malt? Or less with the one year of aging), secondary spicy hops. Smooth, mellow. madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Herbal, light piney and citric aroma. Flavour of citrus, pine, alcohol, fruits and caramel. Quite balancced. MEdium to full bodied. *Very dry and acidic. Light soapy end filled with caramel, sweetness, alcohol, and loads of bitterness. hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, amber ale with orange highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Tropical fruit, piney nose with lots of biting alcohol. Well-balanced flavor with sticky pineapple, citrus fruit and caramel… alcohol, citric acid and hop bitterness provide balance. Full-bodied and creamy/sticky with soft carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet, tongue-tingling finish. World class brew! Thanks to growler for the bottle! faroeviking (11119) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle. Tasting @ thewolf. Pours a deep orange bit hazy colour with an off-white slightly yellowish medium well lasting head. Fruity, sweet, bitter, hoppy alcohol aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet and fruity peach flavour with bitter hops and pine. Very long lasting dry fruity finish. DocLock (10973) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Thanks to Brock_Landers for this one. Pours dark coppery with 1-finger sticky head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malt, some spicy black pepper and fruit notes. Tastes extremely hoppy, with notes of mango, tangerine, caramel malt, and feety earthy notes. Tastes a lot like a mixture of weyerbacher Double Simcoe and 11th Anniversary. Gets a bit hot as it warms, and the malts fall out a bit, causing a slight unbalanced heat, and this one is a true hop bomb. I’ll be doing a side by side with this and Weyerbacher DS and 11th later. Is this a top 50 beer? I’d have to say no. It is a great IIPA, but I’ve had many that are as good or better. Still, if I could find this, I’d buy a case or two in a heartbeat. I’m sure this one will age extremely well.