ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Pours a nice dark amber burgundy color with a light tan head. Strong hoppy aroma. Fresh grass and pine with a hint of malts poking through here and there. Nice lacing. Balanced flavor that I think leans more to the hop side. Medium bodied malty smoothness is covered by carbonation, spices and sharp citrus. Finishes all hops, harsh, slightly bitter, hangs in the back of the throat. A well done blend of malts and hops, a little more hops that I would prefer though. BeerSkull (1372) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2012
Sweet hop-aromatic scent with a floral tone, a bit stale (the hops?). Taste is big with plenty of hops, very flowery with a distinct bitterness. Very nice beer... But! Unfortunately, the alcohol is too prominent, and the flavor also has a sweet, vaguely stale and slightly buttery flavor that I do not really like! Travlr (26131) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draught at Churchkey. Pine, grass and citrus aroma, lots of caramel, good body. Nothing complex, just lots of hops and malt puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Tap at Rattle’n’Hum. Brutally hoppy, but not in a good way, and overloaded with booze. The hops are bitter and astringent and really not too juicy, almost all pine and syrup. Thick body, way too much crystal. Not my kind of beer at all. ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bomber. Deep ruby pour with a foamy tan head. Huge, huge hop nose - musty, sweaty, exotic fruits and caramel. Very, very strongly bitter taste with huge caramel and huge, gritty resin. Hot, raw, burning alcohol, slick and goopy. Really raw and spiky-haired, very abrasive steel-wool quality. Body is very thick, aftertaste warms the chest, hot and extremely bitter, resinous, dry. Fun for a sip or two, but too much!
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Draft pour, deep red color. Very much more likea barleywine than an IPA, with a roasted flavor that was a little..off...to my taste. Got better as the beer warmed. Probably not a beer I’d get again. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle. Thick, highly carbonated and dark amber body with a dense offwhite head. Spicy hop aroma. Candied orange, ginger, musk, pine, grapefruit, very light caramel background notes. No kidding about the bitterness. Over the top on purpose is hard to criticize, especially with the nice depth of flavor. Opens with a pungent pineyness before a wave of bitterness that completely inhibits any taste perception. As the senses return, there is a slight sweetness with orange and pine lingering into the still-bitter aftertaste. Palate is simply destroyed with a dryness that almost hurts. As my sense of taste becomes accustomed to the alphabombery, more malt depth is apparent but a rough alcohol presence is as well. The bitterness and chemical burn forge into a very harsh sensation. Maybe I’m just not worthy. Chalk another one up on the side of extremity over beauty. OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
Contrairement à la 12ième anniverssaire, la 13ième m’a fortement déçu. Elle ressemble beaucoup plus à une double Ipa, qu’à une strong ale. De couleur brune foncée, elle dégage de fortes odeurs d’houblon. Légèrement épicée et avec des notes de sapins, elle est pas très bien balancée. On a ici affaire à une bière très houblonnée, sans grande nouveauté. GarrettB (1658) - 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! PhillyCraft (7939) - 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.