ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 3 Liter bottle HUGE thanks to Mike (NE Stone Rep) for bustin this bad boy out after the Extreme Beer Fest. Rich amber-orange color, typical of Stone’s IPAs and barleywine. Light amount of sediment and haze with a small white head. What a funny coincidence that we were drinking this side by side with Old Guardian 2004. This tastes very nearly the same, though perhaps a touch less of the malt and more earthy hops, due to the age of it. But it’s held up remarkably well, probably due to it being in a 3 liter. Smells earthy, with some old overripe fruits (mangoes, bananas, ruby red grapefruit) and some light hints of caramunich malt. Flavor shows the hops have indeed melded well with the malt, and it is a very rounded, sweet and herbal like flavor. Soily hops flavors abound. Still a good amount of bitterness left, though this is much more palateable than a new OG. I’d like to pretend that this was far and away superior/different to the OG 2004, but it really wasn’t. A bit more fruit flavors, maybe a bit creamier texture. Medium-full body with only a hint of oxidation. Not so hopeful for the 22oz I have in my basement. Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
A slight barnyard and citrus notes w/ flowers on the nose... citrus and flowers w/ fermented fruit in the mouth... Gold yellow w/ thin head and slight lacing. Minor effervescence and light body. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
It was nice to able to try this beer, considering it is a retired and very rare beer. A special thanks to Chris for a sample of the brew. I also tried the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Anniversary beers last night but those had gone far south, so I didn’t rate them. It was nice to try those beers as well though. Thanks again Chris. I found the 5th anniversary to be a pretty lovely beer overall. Light golden. The aroma had a pleasant buttery, sugary, caramel like malt scent with hints of subdued hops (peach). A nice melded malt flavor has taken shape that gives notes of honey, butter, dough and caramel along with a light hop flavor. Old but still pretty great. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Poursa golden hue with a small, slight off-white head. Aroams of whiskey and stale hops. Flavors of the same with a decent bitterness, yet isn’t the beer I was hoping for. Thanks chris.. Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 Hazy golden ale with thick white head on pour but collapses quickly. Sweet musky aroma and oranges. Sweet malty with light citrus, fruity, blended and smooth. Well balanced and delicious. (Sept. 2004)
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Clear golden-orange body with a clean, white, tight uniform head. Buttery, nutty malt quality and some nice subtle stone fruits that are the signature of Stone IPAs in my book. Nice citrus and woody hops still come through strong, especially in the finish. More compelling than Stone 3rd and 4th. Like aged Ruination. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing a trifecta of Stone Anniversary IPAs.
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
(3 years old): Bustling grapefruits diversifying the hearty and traditional malt cookie dough...Crunchy oranges illuminating a few alcohol rivulets quietly passing by...Mindbogglingly tasty with a piece of St-Eusèbe (Québécois semi-hard rind cheese), this talented actor possesses a range of emotions which is really a pleasure to witness... Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Bottle-conditioned, cloudy amber. More head than basically any Stone I’ve encountered. A living proof of the sillyness of some top microbreweries to stop bottle-conditioning their double IPAs... Huge fruity aroma explodes with orange and citrusy flavors, dried apricots. Big malt bill here, almost vinous and slightly earthy. Taste displays a more pleasant than usual for the type citric acidity. It indeed IS vinous, and quite tart at that. Pineapple, grapefruit and melon flavors. Soft yet powerful hop profile marries the sweet malt with class. Long aftertaste has a pleasant alcohol backbone in it. In terms of mouthfeel, I assume it has lost some, but the carbonation is still more than adequate while the body remains medium in size. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Sweet, candy-like aroma balanced with herbal/floral hops. Orange/yellow/tan coloured body with plenty of suspended yeast. White head reduces to a lasting cover. MIld citrus (grapefruit/lemon) melds with the malty sweet dominant flavour very well. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with extremely fine carbonation. Very beautifully blended. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Hazy orange color, thin white head with fair lacing. Green hops aroma with biscuity malt, very perfumy. Flavor of green hops, spices, malt and caramel. Bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture and soft carbonation.