slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"a little past it’s prime, given the past high scores. sampled at Stone 1/09...over 5 years old. Still pretty good, but i’ve had many better pales. everything mellowed just a bit too much."
daleharshman (1083) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
On tap at brewery for 2011 Winter Storm. Pours a dark orange-brown with a thick layer of white-ish head. Aroma of bready malts, some caramel, some alcohol. There is also fruit in the nose...but not the fresh zesty hoppy fruit notes but more like sticky sweet (barley wine) fruit. Flavor has lots of sweet citrus and dark fruit and lots of booze. There is almost no bitterness remaining in the mouth. Has a dry finish with some alcohol burn. This is only 7.7% but tastes much hotter. The hops have obviously mellowed a lot in the more than seven years since this was bottled, sending this into barley wine territory. Somehow this is still pleasant and drinkable. (308, 456) brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin white head which dissipates very quickly.
S: The nose is sweet and caramelly with stale hop aromas (primarily oranges) and a touch of toffee.
T: Despite the near death of the hops in this beer, it is still quite nice. The sweet and bready malt is the main attraction with some toasted biscuit flavors coming into play. There isn’t much bitterness to speak of, but this isn’t much of a surprise.
M: The body is medium with a somewhat light carbonation.
D: Despite the disappearance of any real hop character, this beer has not turned into a sweet mess. While I wish I could have tried it fresh, it’s still a decent beer. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2010
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. DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
On tap at Churchill’s Pub and Grille (San Marcos, CA): Pours out a slightly hazy dark orange topped with a dusting of bubbly eggshell head. Aroma of deep grapefruit, sweet caramel malts, pine, and chewy florals. Flavors of toasted caramel, grains, earth, citrus bitterness, and strong grapefruit sugar. A touch of warmth, and a grainy impression throughout. Medium-bodied, low carbonation on the tongue. Slightly warming. Drinkability: Enjoyable and tasty. Pairing: Great with a bacon bleu burger. Rebuy: Yes. #321 on 02032010, DG.
JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
On draft at Stone Winter Storm 2010. Poured an orangish color with white head. Taste was similar to that of a barley wine with the caramel/hops thing going on. madmitch76 (26436) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
9th September 2009. Cloudy brown beer. Smooth and soft to start rapidly followed by some aggressive hops. Finishes with a sweet undertone revelaing itself - caramelly port. Better when not to cold from the fridge. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
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!
22 oz bottle. Consumed 09/11/09. Aroma is still pretty malty, hop aroma is almost non-existent. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with no real head to it. Still has a pretty decent amount of carbonation. I will rate it *slightly* higher than I probably would have - mostly due to any inconsistencies existing partially due to the age of the beer. But I can certainly see its strengths.