RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Excellent. Pours a nice reddish/orange amber. Aroma is very hoppy, as is the taste, but itís a bit more balanced than some of Stoneís hoppier brews. Bitter hops, roasted malt, rich and complex. Great brew. One of their best. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
(03.12.06) Stone 7th, 8th, and 9th anniversary vertical sampling at DiCarloís, 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! DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2006
22 oz. bottle dated 08/04/2003. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to try this at the time of its initial release, so I canít truly judge what 3 years of age has done to this. An ever so slightly hazy pour producing a rather large yellowish head with excellent durability and good lace. There is a caramel sweetness in the aroma, complemented by some earthiness, alcohol, and just a hint of floral, spicy hops. The mouthfeel of this is fantastic - rich, smooth, mellow, and just very light carbonation, rather surprising given the durable head. Sweet dried light fruit and caramel is nicely balanced by a persistant undercurrent of spicy bitterness, leaving the lengthy finish dry and satisfying. In looking back on the early reviews of this beer, I would have to say that it has aged well. It appears that the hops are not nearly as prominent, as one would expect. The best news is that I still have one bottle left!! BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
This was hard to discern from the Arrogant Bastard, with some IPA thrown in. Top notch all the way though. Very hoppy with some sweet malt and citrus in there too. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Hazy reddish orange. Thin and sparse white head with good sticky lacing. Nice moderately sweet hoppy aroma... hops seem slightly leathery. Sweetness in the aroma is in the form of fresh citrus fruit... oranges, grapefruit. A nice mix of excellently balanced flavors. Not too powerful, but just enough flavor. Malt and grapefruit hops with zested grapefruit and orange rind. Delicate mouthfeel. I donít know... I donít follow the Arrogant/Double Bastard bandwagon. Give me more 7th! Reminds me quite a bit of the Stone 4th, just a little bit fresher.
Update, 9/26/2006 - Shared my last bottle. Still quite nice, but not as good as I remember. Hops may have died down a bit more and turned into very slight astringent hints. Still, glad I kept this one around and glad I could share it!
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This beer produces an aroma of hops, yeast, and honey. It enters the mouth with rich taste of yeast and sweet corn. It a moderately heavy beer that fades leaving a mild sweet nutty taste lingering. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Rating #400 -- Sampled at the "2nd Richmond Gathering". Awesome aroma for a three year old American Strong Ale, almost barley wine like. Heavy caramel, some almost oak-like qualities, a muskiness to it. Beautiful golden-ruby body with no head. Great taste, mollasses, hops are still surprisingly present after three years. Some light oxidation is showing up, yet that is to be expected. Nice ending.detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
I have to give a huge thanks to CaptainCougar for sending me this beer. Heís a great trader and Iím very lucky to be able to have this.
Pours a very hazy orange-amber with an inch or so of light tan head. Decent rings of foam left behind as the volume of beer in the glass decreases. Caramel malt and hops in the aroma.
First sip - much sweeter than I expected, tons of caramel malt. Nicely balanced with strong grapefruity hops. The finish is alcohol and slightly spicy hops. Full-bodied, very softly carbonated. Deeply bitter aftertaste (not citrusy at all). Now thereís malt in the aftertaste too. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle. Pours a murky, bright orange body with a white bubbly/soapy head. Heavy resinous aroma with bread and residual sweetness. There are also hints at toffee and butterscotch.
Interestingly enough there is still a lot of hop character in the flavour with persistent caramel and toffee notes. The alcohol content is well masked by the seemingly chewy palate. Finishes with some toast and orangey hops but not at all overwhelming throughout the journey.
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Thanks for the opportunity, radiomgb. Sampled on April 21, 2007.
Tapped at Lucky Baldwins Stone party. I think age has treated this beer incredibly. It was me and my brothers favorite of the day and we tried nearly all of them. Huge creamy texture with roasted malts. It was so good, I wonder how I might have rated this upon release.