whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Bright ruby-brown body with substantial carbonation and a soft, velvety beige head. Nose of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and fruity malts. Flavor is rich, chocolatey, spicy, and alcoholic plus some light smokiness. Tastes like a big brown ale. The alcoholic quality is slightly detracting. Almost drinks like a liqueur. Enjoyable, but not outstanding. Kudos to Stone for breaking from the heavy hop trend and going the malty route on this one. SDalkoholic (2408) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Well i missed the anniversary but found this in a pint at my favorite liquor store and theres still a few left. It was $5 but worth it cuz i so badly wanted to try it out at the festival. This has a very faint scent of roasted cocoa beans of some sort and also reminded me a of a bag of weed thats been dryed out from oxygen. Then i had a swig and tasted a hint of marijuana brewed in. I dont know if thats what the guys at Stone intended but thats what i was sensing. Anyways it was a nice brew and im glad i got to try it out. icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 Protracted trace of roasted acrimony followed by the perfume tang of intoxicating various rudiments thrown in a swirl of tastes not tasted that are unable to throw into a single category. (It’s a decent porter IMHO) In other words, its a fun experemental one time beer to try; but still lives under the shadow of its older siblings. Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Extra-special thanks to marinaro500 for hand delivering this to my doorstep (well, my neighbors doorstep) for no reason other than he thought it’d be a nice thing to do. I don’t see how he tasted marijuana in this but whatever; he’s still a good guy.... I guess you could describe this as an imperial mild if the oxymoron doesn’t bother you and it’s really rather nice. Though there’s not much head on it, it does pour a very lovely cherry brown. The nose is chocolaty, slightly roasty with a very slight hint of coffee (this is how I prefer slight hints of coffee: very) and an over-and/or-undertone of raisin. Smooth mouthfeel with effervescent ballerinas that dance across the tongue. Front is roasty. Middle is lightly sweet--a definite brown sugar flavor and just a wee dandy bit of cinnamon. Finishes dry with a bit of woody roast lingering on the tongue to help you look foreword to the next sip. The whole thing comes across as a reserved imperial stout if you don’t mind another semi-oxymoron and I’d actually like to see more beers made along these lines. Why? Because it’s so damn good. Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Pours a dark brown with minimal head.
Aroma is malty, carmel, wood with a little fruitiness.
Flavor is mostly roasted coffee, with a little sweetness in the middle, a little bitter on the finish.
A little alcohol burn is noted towards the end of the glass.
I have another bottle of this that I’m going to sit on for a bit, and then re-rate.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Deep brown-burgundy. Woodsy-roasty nose. Medium body and nice and drinkable. Richly roasty and oaky. Earthy, grassy hops. Nicely balanced. Chewy caramel undertone provides a healthy sweetness, but it’s tamed by alcohol and some bitterness. Tastes like an Imperial Brown Ale, if there was such a thing. Darkover (1542) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Dark red color with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, roast and some caramel. Flavor is malty, nutty, a little roast and with a strong hop balance. Pretty good. NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Dark mahogany color, with off white bubbely head. Aromas are of sweet malt and some toffee. Slight touch of alcohol there, too. Full and round on the palate. Nutty, malty flavors. A bit of smoke is in the finish, along with more assertive hop flavors and drying alcohol. The boozyness kinda masked the overall flavors a bit. Kind of reminded me of a brown ale recipe that was pumped up. Nice brew, but a touch high in alcohol for me. I’ll pick another to try again in a few months when it’s cold around here. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2004 Dark dirty bronze, beautifully bright red at the bottom (thin area) of the tall 22oz Pilsener vessel, topped with a half inch of cardboard colored head. Ominously (and probably proudly) looking like a barleywine. Malty aroma is nutty with hints of roasted marshmallow, smore, even. First sip is skunkweed, amazingly realistic marijuana flavor at the first instant, and I haven’t smoked any in at least 10 years, you never forget that flavor. Strong, ashy, dry firewood flavors in the middle. The body is fluffy, making the marshmallow flavors in the finish seem real. Damn, the finish is like a s’more...graham cracker, chocolate... Some alcohol and more roasted flavors at the finish. Sometimes light on flavor when I get to the middle of the glass, still a treat to drink. Congrats on a succesful 8 years to our friends at Stone! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
This brew pours with a deep reddish-brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, nutty, malty and caramelly yet bitter with a slight woody, roasty note. The flavor is bitter, hoppy, salty and peppery with slight woody, nutty notes, a touch of malt and alcohol accents. Medium to full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming.