JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 11, 2007
220z bottle: Very hazy light copper color with medium off white head. Aroma has lots of herbal, slightly citrusy hops, slightly soapy, bit of caramel. Flavor is sharp, with slighlty harsh herbal hops, bit of caramel and apricot, with a balanced finish and a noticable alcohol warmth towards the finish. A decent brew, more of a barleywine in my opinion than a dIPA, a bit too harsh in the hopping. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a darker colour of the typical IIPA hue with a normal white head. Nose is malty with background hops. Flavor is very balanced, malty and sweet upfront as the bittering grows and peaks in the finish. The sweetness helps to mask the high alcohol. This was #3 in the 6 IIPA tasting. Thanks to Secret Santa for the bottle. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2007
I sampled 2 bottles of this immediately after it was released, and found it to be a fairly messy beer, not at all crisp and hopalicious. So I thought I’d age one for a year or so and see how it trended towards a barleywine. I like it better, though I still feel it’s not up to par for the mighty Stone. Pale amber body, medium head, and a thick, heady aroma. There’s still a potent hop presence, to my surprise, but it’s more balance than previously, with a (very) sweet malt presence to the fore. But this thing is still too hot and indistinct to me. dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle @ the wolf tasting. Hazy orange with af film. Aroma is sweet, hoppy, peachy as well as the flavour. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2008
I’ve been holding onto this bottle for a long time now and last night’s sushi dinner seemed like the perfect time to break it out. It pours a hazy dark orange that has some rustic tones appearing nearly brown. The head is relatively thin and bone colored. The aroma is very complex. Very strong alcohol, fermenting fruits, cherries, grass, and mildly floral hops. The flavor is difficult to really analyze as the alcohol comes through very strong, despite 18 months in the bottle. There are notes of sweet caramel and the ghosting of some ctirusy hop notes. It’s hard to believe how hot this beer is after sitting for so long. It really kills the mouthfeel and finish. Perhaps I should have drank this a long time ago...
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Bottle shared by mmtmatrix. Poured a clear amber color with a moderate off-white head that left good lacing. Aroma of light hops and citrus, a hint of pine. Strong citrus and malt flavor leads into a hoppy, citric finish with a light pine character that finishes slightly bitter. Smooth, slight bitter bite on the palate. Surely this beer was better fresh, but it was still decent over a year later. pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2-18-08 bottle redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Thick red amber with big fluffy white head and some lacing. Smell is somewhat weak up front but opens a bit as it warms. Thick and heavy on the tongue. This is more a Strong Ale in my mind. Flavor is alcohol, vanilla and some lemon too.
Received in the Mystery Homebrew Swap, i forget who sent it though! Sorry! There’s definitely some noticable age to it. Malty, caramel malts, with some spicy hops in the nose. Pours amber with a thin white head. Very malty, some caramel, the hop flavor has diminished a little but its still pretty good, and it definitely doesn’t taste like 10%! The hops do leave it with a big spicy finish with traces of pine. Good but i’d love to have tried this very young! Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle thanks to mjames. Clear amber to light copper body, thick buff head. Aroma is classic Stone, which made me quickly realize how long it’s been since I last opened one of their beers. Big, bright, bitter grapefruity hops in addition to pine cones paired with sweet caramely, toasty malts, sugary, with potent alcohol presence. The flavor was a big let-down, though, a brew of grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits overwhelming the simple one-dimensional bready malts. Alcohol is warm and prickly. The hops and alcohol effectively annihilate the palate. This is hopped-up firewater; even when the hops age and fade away, there isn’t any malt depth to carry this beer, so I guess it’s best consumed now. Disappointing offering from Stone. Routine or even mundane is sometimes acceptable, but this pales in comparison to similar beers the brewery already produces. A creative streak is due. marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
This golden/copper ale poured with a foamy off-white head, eliciting a strong citrus and hop aroma. The complex flavor includes characteristics of pine, grapefruit and roasted malt. These flavors are very pleasant but are, unfortunately, overwhelmed by hop bitterness and alcohol. Hopheads will probably enjoy this beer, but it was just too bitter for my taste.