TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Another awesome anniverary ale from Stone. Alliteration anyone? Gorgeous beer in the glass. This brew is all about hops. There are hops in the front end, the middle, and the finish. Remarkably there is a nice malty balance in there as well. Superb ale. GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
outstanding. Hop fans this beer is for you. The strong malt flavor provides perfect balance. This beer further illustrates that Stone does not make a bad beer. bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
dark amber with a nice off white head, aroma is of roasted caramel malts, and citrus and floral hops. Initial taste of hop bitterness is followed quickly by sweet roasted caramel malts, which then is intertwined with citrus and piney hops. full flavored with a nice interplay between the sweetness and bitterness. An extremely enjoyable and well done beer. PhillyBeer2112 (2884) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Orangey amber glow, slight haze. Firm lasting head. Notably floral hop aroma. Caramelized malts, toasty flavors almost Munichy. Well balanced hops in the palate, tingly, peppery and floral. Light warming finish. Just an outstanding pale ale, really. HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2005
2 years later. A very memorable beer. Take an Arrogant Bastard, turn it down a notch, add a bit of vanilla and drink it just below room temp. This beer is what I think makes Stone great. @ years later and the balance is even greater. Such a treat! Share this with a friend. Great malt sweetness, striking aroma and a finish that lasts for days. Cheers!
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Very thin off-white head, clear amber colour, rich musty toffee scent. Rich palate with fabulous flavour. smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2003 Bottle: man, what a beer! Deep copper color with a thick off white head. Such a flavorful beer. When I first heard the 7th Anny special was to be a Pale Ale I was a little disappointed - hoping for something different from them, but this is sooo good! Big hop nose - hello, it is Stone - but maybe some different hops from them. This beer reminds me of the beer that would be born if Arrogant Bastard and Ruination IPA had a kid. It is hoppier than AB, but maltier than Ruination. What could be bad about that?!? goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Pours a medium copper, with a large white head, mostly lasting and lacing fantastically on the way down. Many tiny bubbles lazily make their way to the top through the coppery brew. Aroma is very floral, some citrus, and some pine - pretty much all hops, but as it warms, a bit of cookie dough and some caramel join in the fray. Flavor is slightly sweet to start, then comes the various forms of hoppiness - lightly floral, strongly bitter, and a good amount of spiciness all play parts. Full bodied, light-medium carbonation, long and lingering flavors, fairly dry ending. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This brew pours with an amber hue topped by a medium thick creamy off white head with good lacing. the aroma is slightly sweet, grapefruity and hoppy with the slightest bit of sweet maltiness. The flavor is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy with notes of pine and grapefruit and a touch of malt. Medium to full bodied, tingly and slightly dry. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
(03.12.06) Stone 7th, 8th, and 9th anniversary vertical sampling at DiCarlo’s, special gift of Scott L. Brown 22 oz bomber bottle. 2003 Vintage (release date 08.04.03). 77 IBU. 7.7% ABV. Identified as pale ale version. Pours hazy orange with very light syrup-like consistency and yields an average sized white head. Good carbonation. Toasted malt aroma. Medium bodied pale ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness and rich toasted malt/hop flavors. Finishes with lingering bitterness and malt fade. Well-balanced malt and hop flavors with an edge towards hoppy flavor. Richly flavored beer with a smooth palette similar to a barleywine. Though the bottle was nearly 3 years old, the hop component held up remarkably well, probably due to excellent cellar storage conditions. Of the 7th, 8th, and 9th anniversary vertical sampling, the 7th anniversary version was the best of show. One outstanding giant beer. Thanks Scott!