Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 I was expecting something much more special with this brew. I guess it just didn’t do anything for me. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Clear reddish amber color with a lasting medium creamy head. Characteristic Stone aroma, sort of a mix of Ruination and Vertical Epic. Spicy hop bitterness with some sweetness. I like the Stone beers but they are starting to get very similiar, the more I try. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2010
buffalohead brought along this which we tasted side by side with the recent 13th Anniversary. This has held up suprisingly well for six years; I was expecting a total mess by now instead of a beer that simply is almost hopless.
Aroma / Appearance - The malts have taken over leaving very little of what must have been hops at the start. The age was evident by the slight flatness and the way that everything mixed together.
Flavor / Palate - Drinking like a barleywine or old ale that has lost all hops it was smooth for the most part with an orangy malt aftertaste. Not totally flat there was a trace amount of carbonation even after all this time. If you have one I would not wait any longer; if you happen across it I would probably pass unless you like beer that is past its prime. Either way thanks Jeff!
Dark orange amber color with a small head, fades fast. Some lacing but still some carbonation after 7 years. Never had this one fresh so rating is based on an old bottle. Aroma is stale. Cardboard and caramel with a touch of hops. Flavor is sweet, caramel, earthy, old with light bitterness. This must have been a hop bomb for this much hops to still be present. Actually finishes a little bitter with more stale cardboard. Past its prime I will bet. bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2003
This is a pale ale? By far, it's the best one I've had. This smelled so hoppy it was almost reminiscent of pineapple. The hops weren't overbearing, though.
thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Fort Wayne event. The fourth brew of the day. This brew poured a small head of finely sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a hazy light brown colored semi-hazy body. The aroma was a medium strength hoppy one and its mouthfeel was tingly from the hops. The flavor was also all hops and some spice. jercraigs (11095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
Powerful barley wine like aroma, gorgeously thick sweet malty aroma enchants and lures you in only to have the disappoint like the stunning girl next door who turns out to have implants. Just doesn't live up to the aroma. Good beer but not great. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
Orangey-amber colour. Chewy smelling - very Stone - with too much crystal/dark malt character. Woody, toasty, citrus-hoppy palate with caramel and a slight bit of alcohol. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
22oz bottle shared at DLD 08 by bbb63. thanks mike! pours amber with white head. nose and the flavor is a bit oxidized and the hops have really faded but they are still hanging on and its not bad at all. glad i got to try this. FROTHINGSLOSH (8308) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
From old tasting notes back when this one was fresh. Sampled from a 22 oz bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with a large tan head. The aroma was strong sweetish fruity hops. The flavor was all about the fruity hops but with an underlying harshness that put me off a bit. Very one dimensional and this one did not really stand out to me.