ClarkVV (6642) - 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. egajdzis (6501) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Poured a hazy orange color with a very small head that diminished quickly and left a few bubbles on the top but it didn’t leave any lacing. Malty sweet (caramel), and light hop aroma. Malty taste up front, could be slightly oxidized, and it finishes with a bitter citrus hop taste. Possibly slightly past it’s prime, yet still packs a nice bitterness which I had been looking for. Thanks Marc! Suttree (6358) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2002
Very Hoppy. A little ’big’ tasting, so it isn’t as quenching as a lot of other IPA’s. Great Flavor, though. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Undated notes: Pours copper/orange with a thin white head. Smells of sweet citrus and peppery. Tastes peppery and sweet with an earthy finish. 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.
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle. Golden orange pour, with a white head. Citrus, caramel, grapefruit, some sweetness, bread, and bitter finish. Tasty, old school balance between malt and citrusy hops. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Cereal and caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel. citrus, cereal, and yeasty taste. superspak (5503) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/17/2016. Pours crystal clear deep orange/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while, Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very similar to Stone IPA as expected; but a bit more sweet/malty and fuller bodied. Still has the same sticky/resin dryness and drinkability of the regular beer, at the higher ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours an orange body with a thin white lacing. Mil due, oxidation, cardboard, raisin and caramel with a note of pine. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
Golden color, nice head, nice lacing. Nose of cherry and clean grassy hops. The flavor is balanced, aggressive, a bit old, but I can really taste what they were going for here, one of Stone’s better IPAs. Better than the Ruination at least.