coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep red with a medium tan head. Aroma is piney, floral, rather earthy hops with a touch of sweet malt. Flavor is cherries and other dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, rich malt and plenty of earthy, resinous hops. Thick but not syrupy mouthfeel. Delicious. sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2011
Pours a dark brown with an offwhite head. Smells of hops and alcohol. Mellow sweetness. Quite hoppy with aromas of spruce and caramel malts. Also hints of grape fruit. Medium to full bodied. dry finish. mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts and citrusy hops. Flavour of molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts, with a nice balance of hops. Delicious. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Dark ruby red with a khaki head. Hop aroma lets you know you’re in for something special while the flavor takes a strange but welcome malty turn. Reminds me of the hoppiest of red ales. Alcohol becomes evident as the beer warms. Another great anniversary brew by Stone. Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
POurs dark amber with beige head. Aroma is pine hops, caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet with a bitter and long lingering dry finish. The alcohol povides warming as it comes through quickly.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Pours a nice reddish dark copper with some good lacing. The nose has a beautiful piney hoppiness and a bit of amber sweet malt. The taste is much the same--there is a nice malt backbone, but the dominant component is piney hops, with a bit of floral and citrus going as well. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Overall, I liked this one quite a bit better than the 12th Anniversary, and was happy to get to try this year’s release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010 Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark amber with a creamy off-white head that lasts throughout. Excellent lacing. Aroma is a strong malty sweetness, some caramel, toffee, and alcohol. The aroma has dropped most of the hop character after almost a year and a half in the bottle (not really a bad thing, at all). Flavor starts off with a grapefruit, piney hop bitterness that has hung in there over the months and carries long into the finish. The bitterness is nicely balanced by a big, sweet caramel and toffee maltiness. Slightly warming. Full bodied. Still a very tasty brew. rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 4, 2016 At Small bar on Fullerton. Very red color, quite bitter beer. More drinkable than the ABV% would lead you to believe. Pretty good. Serving: Tap Ungstrup (37632) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2010
Draft. A chestnut colored beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and hops which lends it notes of grass, grapefruits, and lemons. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and spices, leading to a very bitter finish. hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2010
22ox bottle poured into a tulip. Aroma is of sharp citrus and resin with some roasted malt. The appearance id dead on, with a beautiful dark amber color with an ample tank head that leaves serious lacing. The taste is pure Stone....that being a hop bomb, but nicely balanced. This is like Double Bastard in many ways, but a little more refined. There is a nice warming from the alcohol, too. Perfect for autumn. Palate is full body, creamy texture with lively carbonation and a wonderful bitter finish. Overall, this beer is pure joy. Love Stone, and this is up at the top of the list.