TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2009
I liked this beer, sort of...great aroma from the massive dry-hopping...everything else is just okay for me...Tastes very much like a homebrew I made, and I donít mean that as a compliment........................................ bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Resiny hops, and wheat bread on the nose. Flavor is dark malts, sour fruitiness, a resinous pine hop bite, alcohol seems to be fairly noticeable distracting from flavor. Maybe some ageing to help mellow that out? FrigidRoses (14) - USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pretty excited when I heard stone was brewing an Imperial Red. Too bad this taste more like a barleywine. Aroma and appearance are spot on, however the taste is extremely unbalanced and drinks heavy. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
refreshing aroma of spice, herb, and citrus; cloudy, deep brown body, barely any highlight, and lasting tan head that dissipates into an airy and frothy layer; very sharp flavor - itís almost intrusive, and to get past it, a lot of sugar shows itself as another obstacle, but fortunately, after a third of it is gone, my tongueís adapted to taste what flavor is actually there and thereís flavor; however, I donít care for it, though itís just enough to be good - itís almost only like a bittersweet, carbonated tea... Iíve tasted an energy drink like this, I swear. Maddog (527) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Not overly impressed by this anniversary beer from Stone. Pours a deep, dark, clear amber, this beer has flavors of big malt, toffee and a whole lot of spice. Almost overly spiced with the hops to the point of being a tad harsh. A bigger bodied beer, lots of power, just not my favorite.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
pours a beautiful deep mahogany color, hint of red, nice tan head. Aroma is of abundant spicy hops. The flavor is a strange mixture of spicy hops, hop bitterness, dark roasted grain, and alcohol. Thia beer just doesnít do it for me. It is bitter, but not a good bitter, almost too spicy, along with the alcohol it just seems harsh to me. The roastiness seems to mask some of the hop flavor which leaves the hop bitterness unbalanced. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Clear deep garnet color with a tan head; beautiful pour. Big piney hop aroma with toasted caramel. Medium body. Almost harsh pine and grapefruit hop flavors on a sharp caramel malt base. Bitter raw alcohol taste to finish. Yikes ! Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This beer is big. And big is fine if you can keep it balanced. This beer, however, did not seem balanced to me. Tons of rich, heavy malt and a bunch of hops that are prevalent, but overwhelmed by the richness of the malts. The alcohol content is also too prominent. I knew immediately that I was drinking something in the 10% range.I like it better when the alcohol doesnít make itself known.
Happy 13th Stone. I usually love your beer, but this one was a miss for me. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
( 22oz bottle) Pours dark brown with ruby hints, great lacing and oily tan head. Nose of pine, caramel. Taste is a pine bomb! Lingers that way too. Finishes creamy with an oily body, but this hop attack it bitter citrus and not much else. Not my cup of tea. jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bomber. Deep amber body. Tall, light brown, frothy head, long lasting. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and resin which forces other scents to the background. Hints of caramel, toasted grain and unsweetened strong black tea. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily bitter and moderately acidic. Medium to full body, velvety texture that turns sticky in the finish, lively carbonation. A heavily hopped version of so many beers in this non-style ó bitter grapefruit on top of thick, unrefined malts. Lots of alcohol in the finish along with some astringency.