fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Poured dark reddish brown, smooth, dark fruits, molasses, oxidized, little chocolate. bhensonb (15342) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Got this bottle from Holiday Wine (with some effort). Pours deep dark ruby with a beige head. Aroma is warm coffee and toast and chocolate. Flavor is fruity and chocolate with some tobacco accents. Quite mellow. Very pleasing. marcus (10326) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours opaque brown with a thin tan head and a fruity chocolate aroma. The flavor is also fruity and chocolate with some leather. Has probably mellowed with age into a pleasantly delicious brew. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Deep ruddy brown pour with a two finger light tan head. Nose is a bit oxidized with mainly dried fruit. Flavor is also oxidized with dried fruit and a touch of soy. Slight bitter finish. brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a sort of muddled dark brown color with some red and copper hints. The head is minimal.
S: Sweet toffee, molasses, and brown sugar on the nose with some hints of chocolate. Definitely some oxidation, but not really cardboardy.
T: More of the same on the palate. Fairly sweet and heavy on the toffee and brown sugar. The chocolate is bittersweet and oxidation is minimal. A lingering bitterness on the finish.
M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.
D: This one has held up quite nicely, better than most of the other anniversary beers (probably because of not being an IPA). This one is still worth drinking.
beastiefan2k (4007) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Held onto this for a long time, 6 years old when finally popped open. Pours with a small head and a dark, murky brown color. Beer is oxidized malts but still drinkable with burnt oxidized raisins. Drink up if you still got it. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. the oak is all but gone, not much left but a grainy and sweet body Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2010
In short: An past-due-date fruity, nutty caramelized beer. Too late.koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when around five year of age. Bottle sent to me as a bonus(!) by CaptainCougar, thanks a lot Tom
The look: Cloudy redish-brown body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Rich nose of caramel and dark fruits and a light oxidation. Taste is unfortunately dominated by oxidation. Lots and lots of cardboard. Underneath the oxidation is almonds wrapped in caramel, dark fruits. Also some maderisation with Sherry notes. Adequate medium carbonation. The beer is obviously way past its prime. There might be bottles well cellared that are still good but I fear most bottles are now just like the one I just drank. I don’t remember having it fresh, I don’t know if I ever had it fresh. This was probably once a very good beer because despite its obvious aging problems the beer was still quite drinkable. I did hesitate before entering my rating on a beer that is so obviously past due-date. But given that there is still a market for this 5 year old beer (as well as much older Stone beers) I think it is fair that I voice my opinion and say that this beer is now gone. I probably had it fresh in my early ratebeer time. I don’t remember. Five years ago this was probably a very good beer, but now it is five years old. I’m against aging beer but I’m exactly like everybody else, I don’t care about my opinions and I think I have an attitude problem.
220z bomber takin out of the cellar and poured into a Chimay Goblet.
Appearance: translucent brown with honey red corners. A decent 1 finger foam head with minimal retention and a touch of lacing.
Smell: loads of nutty malty notes that just entrace your nose. At times the smell borders boozy but never actually crosses the line. This smells delicate and declicious.
Taste: Oh my this is just a home run! The flavors are soft and well balanced, if not homogenized. Nutty goodness coupled with a touch of brown sugar and cola. But despite the notes mentioned, the sweetness is really down. This is delicious with the residual sugars consumed.
Mouthfeel: Very good considering this bottle is 5 years old. Still enough carbonation to make it a nice experience.
Drinkability: This is smooth and still has enough carbonation. Now is the time to enjoy this vintage people. I don’t see it getting any better with additional time!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-19-2009 nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
On tap at Stone Winter Storm. Opaque copper colors with a whitish head. Aromas of mild citrus and grassiness. Light medium bodied beer. Mildly hoppy and bitter with a chunk of sweet malt. Not a bad beer.