larsga (7542) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body. Spicy citric oily aroma with earthy notes. Bittersweet earthy spicy linoleum taste with resiny orangey notes. Mid-bodied. Sharp, hot mouthfeel. Dry-bitter resiny oily spicy aftertaste with earthy herbal notes. A bit too sharp and busy. (0.65l bottle shared by gr0ve.) PhillyCraft (7230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle in ’10, laid a bottle down for a few months. Poured amber brown with medium head and alright lacing. Aromas and taste of prune, oak, bitter hops, crystal malts, and cereal. A little smokey also, kind of porter-ish instead of American strong. Medium to fuller bodied. Alcohol was not hidden well, more tolerable as she warmed up tho. Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
From a bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy dark amber with an off white head. Caramel notes in the aroma. Sweet toffee flavors. Quite tasty despite the fact that the hops are pretty much aged out after 3 1/2 years of bottle age. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle from notes. I get bitter pine hops, burnt malt, caramel and loads of dark fermented fruits. I want more. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is deep, murky, copper with a small khaki head and great lacing. Earthy hops, figs, caramel, brown sugar, prune, light grapefruit, and cardboard in the aroma. A lot more citrus is present as it begins to warm. Taste is earth, dirt, caramel, roasted brown sugar, prunes, and grapefruit peel on the backend. Somewhat oxidized, but has really morphed into a semi-decent American barley wine. Creamy body with high carbonation. Pretty good for 3-years-old, slight cardboard flavors, but still pretty good. Not bad!
GarrettB (1601) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 Oct. 25th, 2009 - I’m writing this review today as I sip Stone’s 16th Anniversary beer. I’ve been sitting on these notes for 3 years, and the waves of nostalgia are turning into nostalgia riptides. The Stone 13th anniversary beer (ahh, to be young again!) pours a dark, deep brown, and floats a thick and creamy light brown foam, like a life raft inflated and rushing to the surface. The lacing is thick and elaborate, and would make a Victorian lady blush. The aroma is predictably hoppy, dry and dusty and quite strong. I portend a bitter beer, and I brace myself for an army of IBU’s to apply a whip to my tongue. I flinch, but the strike never comes. It begins chocolatey and malty like a porter, and then goes full tilt with its hoppy dimension, but keeping that malted coffee flavor all the way through. So, basically a hoppy porter. It’s strange, and weird, and new, and exciting, but I don’t like it. It’s unique, but it also doesn’t agree with my palate. An adventurous brew, but an adventure I’m not suited to.
July 29th, 2010 - Updated tasting notes. Hoppy and malty nose. Deep honey sweetness, caramel, and thick too. Flavor is intense (a la Stone) and alcoholic, resembles smell, but deeper with more burnt toast and bread crust flavors. Again, strong, rakish with hops, and resembles an Imperial IPA. Enjoyed! aleph (231) - - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle, 3 years after recommended drink by date. Dark brown with mocha foam. Earthy, nutty aroma. Medium bitter hops, caramel malts, yeast, dark fruits of some sort, licorice. Full bodied, decent carbonation, lasting wet finish. Thisis12ptfont (1195) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Aromas consist of intense black liquorice, dates, oats and deep malts. Pours a very deep purple/black with a medium sized brown foam top. Taste is more malty than anticipated with flavors of chocolate, coffee, liquorice, nuts, barley, oats, subtle bittering hops and plenty of alcohol. Carbonation is well masked by all the intense flavors. Overall, this is a flavorful brew, primarily malt based with strong presence of bread, liquorice, caramel, and yeast. Very subtle hop presence, mostly on the finish. Expect a very dark brew with plenty of malts and alcohol. I’d give this a B rating. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
12th September 2009Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Slight haze on this dark brown beer. Some hop on the nose. Soft palate - smooth. Deep rich hops bit not too bitter harsh. Subtle caramel malt underneath and then a little sweet pineapple. Finishes soft and a little dry with the marmalade rich hops taking over again. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Fine beer!
Originally reviewed: 12/7/09. 22oz. bottle poured into my goblet. Pours a very dark amber-tinted maroon with an inch thick tan head on top. Great retention; leaves little lace. Scents of maple syrup, pine needles, floral hops, and honey-kissed breads make this one up.
Very full bodied, but it retains a creamy quality that aids in sipping for sure. Carbonation level is spot on. Flavors of dark figs, molasses, licorice, sweet malts, and a good representation of bittering hops. This is a very well-made strong ale. This isn’t for the faint in heart, nor is it an everyday drink. Highly recommend.