arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours deep amber from a bottle today. Still a nice lasting off white head, aroma is definitely subdued hops but has a nice caramel, bread, and toffee malt. Much more like a barleywine now, really smooth slightly piny hops in the beginning leads into a sweet caramel and toffee taste that is still a bit bitter. Not bad in its current state, but with this malt profile it must have been an awesome DIPA in its day. Glad I got to try it! JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
22 oz bottle
Deep amber coloured beer with a thin white head. Lovely hop aromas of grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of peppery alcohol as well. Sweet pale malt with a touch of caramel. Peachy/orangey aroma as well with a bit of cologne and spice as well. The flavour is quite boozy but there is a lovely spicy/orangey character that I find myself quite liking. It’s a very good brew, a bit too alcoholic IMHO and while all of the components are nice enough it doesn’t really distinguish itself all that much either. Bitterness is surprisingly 3fourths (9341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 I found this at Pletcher’s in State College, PA, and they said it arrived on three days before, though they didn’t have it on the shelves yet. Yes I’ve been spektical about this beer, ever since the first ratings were posted and it jumped quickly thereafter into the top 50. That’s how it goes with special releases which are high gravity, and usually you can count on them disappointing. Combine this with the fact that my fondness for Stone IPA has dropped significantly in the last year or two, and how I never really enjoyed Ruination. However, the Stone 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th anniversary IPAs were all very nice. Stone 10th isn’t close, that’s my initial impression. The color is a medium dark amber, and the tan colored head sits on top as a thin film. The nose on this thing is ok, but lacking complexity, lacks juice, and there’s still an issue with the yeast, which I don’t particularily like. It’s a bit too muddy and doughy for my tastes, when it should be more transparent. The honey, cedar and pineapple hop scents are decent, though. The bitterness is subdued, and the palate is almost frothy and creamy. I prefer crispness personally, but creamy is OK some times, as is seen in the first batch of Avery Maharaja (though that’s where the similarities end). Caramel and maple flavored malts are present, but only show up on the tip on the tongue, at the first sip really. After that there’s a chewy pine and cedar hop flavor, with some toffee and dough flavors over the middle, finishing more fruity and lightly sweet. Does this blow me away? No. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Bottle. Copper color with a big cream colored head. Big orange/grapefruit aroma with some summer/tropical fruits. Big fruity (peach/mango/red grapefruit/pineapple) flavor with backing caramel malt. Slight alcohol warming. Lingering resiny, fruity bitterness. It’s great but could use more resin in the flavor to cut some of the sweetness. blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2016 Bottle. Toffee malts, light earthy notes, some faint rustic grainy notes, and moderate oxidation. Obviously past it’s prime. Like a bad barleywine. -- RERATE! -- Original rating was for an old ass bottle when this was long retired. New rating is a fresh draft sample for the 20th anniversary reboot. Pours orange with a white head. Bright lemony citric hops, grapefruit, some candy sweetness, mild-moderate bitterness, and a lingering citric hop finish. Solid.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
[2093-20090412] Bottle. Fruity boozy hops aroma with a rich toastiness. Murky, dark red brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Heavily toasted boozy sweet malt flavour. Full body is heavy on the booze. Could be fresher but good as is.
douglas88 (9174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Overheard: "To me it tastes like an old sneaker.
(w/ jerc, others)
Bomber thanks to Kan, made in 2006 I guess. Drank in 2010. Pours a bright and opaque red color with a thick sticky white head. The aroma is rich caramel, sweet and fruity hops. The flavor is very good, certainly changed in four years but still good; rich caramel and malts dominate, sweet hops, fruity, dusty. Very good. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2013 Poured out of a 2 liter growler that was filled back in October, ’06 consumed 05/12/07. kraddel (8074) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2017
The beer poured out slightly hazy with an orange-ish color to it and off white head. The level of carbonation has suffered over the intervening months. The aroma is thick – sweet – chewy pine hops with a rigid spine of sweet caramelized malts. The sharp pine hop aroma has really softened over the months. Behind that is a light dark fruitiness and some sense of the ABV. As it warms it smells more and more like a barleywine as the dark fruit notes grow with intensity. The flavor starts out smooth and seemingly flavorless, oddly enough. Then sweet pine hop flavor breaks the smoothness apart along with caramel maltiness and dark fruitiness. The taste stays kind of even to about midway. As the finish approaches the prune, date and plum fruitiness grows. At the finish the remaining pine hop bittering notes struggle to assert themselves. They have been render only a shadow of what once was.
Sampled at the RBBWG2017 . Thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours rather clear, amberblonde, small white head. Smell is pine, bitter. Very full. Taste is very full, intense bitter, pine. Very full. radagast83 (8050) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle, drank 5/27/2011. Wow. Poured a amber/copper color, small white head, dissipates quickly. Aroma was mellowed over the years, notes of pine, touch of citrus. Flavor was smooth, malty, touch of bite left from the remaining hop notes. Aroma was no where near as good as the flavor was.