alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm. Auburn or copper in color with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, earth and fruit. Flavor was similar, albeit slightly better. Caramel, earth, nuts, red malt. Nice hop presence of citrus and earth. Liked this about the same as the 7th, although they weren’t all that similar. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Tap at Winter Storm 09. Just a smidge better than 7th even though it is a worse example of its respective style IMO. This was a rather explicit brown to me, with nice barley malt and dirt aroma. Taste was a WC brown, rather than a thick midwestern brown. Alcohol edge, thin texture, only slight influence from the oak chips, a fair amount of darkness and roast. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm! Poured slightly hazy copper with some bubbles. Slight hop floral aroma. Nice spicy hop flavors with some vanilla hints too. Mouth was a little flat. Sadly I think I missed tasting these wonderful anniversary ales in their prime but they are still great and still worth trying!! mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
22oz. bomber, with thanks to wetherel for yet another great bonus! Pours a clear iced tea color with a thin tan head that drifts but maintains a complete covering, moderate retention and lace. Aroma is more malty, with some caramel, dark fruits, toffee, light oak, and vanilla. Flavor is just slightly sweet, with more caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak, and finishes fairly quick and clean on the palate. This makes me think barleywine-lite like on the palate and finish. Quite drinkable and tasty, thanks again John! IrishBoy (4255) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at Woodshop Quad. I have had the 9th and up. Thanks for sharing this. Nose of light hops, oakiness, caramel, and a vanilla note. Brown with a small beige head. Flavor with very lightly bitter and caramelly with a slight metallic note.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Appearance is a murky amber red hue, off-white thin head dissipates, minimal lacing
Smell is clean crisp roast malts, nutty presence, touches of coffee and grassy hops, slight alcohol
Taste is considerable alcohol and roast malts, bitter hops are apparent as is a nice nut flavor, finishes mild and slightly bitter
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery and slick texture, mild carbonation
Drinkability is very good, this is a smooth and flavorful brown ale (I believe Stone’s only brown to date!), good malts and trademark Stone hops provide a perfect balance, I wish Stone revisits this style again sometime soon!
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bomber, aged over 4 years. Pours a dark brownish-orange amber color with a minimal, swirly, off-white film. The aroma shows a malty caramel base with heaps of oaky vanilla, dry cocoa, and faded, earthy hops. Flavors follow suit, mostly sweet from the caramel, with a big vanilla and maple influence. Cocoa and old hops lend a semblance of balance, each adding their own hint of bitterness. Medium bodied, with light carbonation, the mouthfeel fits the style quite nicely. Nice brew, even at this age, but I cannot help but think it is past its prime. GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Thanks to whomever brought this to the BBBash! Lots of vanilla, caramel and roasted qualities. Very smooth. I really enjoyed this brew. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2008
This one pours a hazy brownish amber with almost no head, which is to be expected I guess. There is almost no retention and only specks of lacing.
The aroma is big on roasted malts with no hop presence to speak of. I also got a substantial sugary syrup smell as well, with hints of dark fruit and wood.
The taste actually retained a bit of the hops up front, mostly of the earthy variety. Lots of roasted malts with caramel and sugar on top. The finish is very dry with a slight bitterness.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me with very little carbonation to speak of. As mentioned earlier, the finish is very dry.
I enjoyed trying this one though I imagine it’s a little past it’s prime. Either way, good drinking. dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Tasting at the McBackus Backyard Bash. Thanks to whoever brought this! Dark caramel colored pour. Big roasty grain aroma with hints of caramel and vanilla. Taste is smooth with nice roasted grain character and a sweet vanilla caramel accent. Very smooth and tasty.