Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Bottle. Poured an excellent shade of deep ruby with a ring of beige head. Aroma really drew me in... deep dark fruits (prunes and cherries), smoke, oak, chocolate, and some faint roastiness were all in there. Flavor picked up toasted oak chips throughout, with baker’s chocolate, caramel, smoke, and English hoppy bitterness. Barleywine-style sweetness provided a solid base. Became heavier and more taxing on the palate as it warmed. Bitter and fruity on the finish. I really enjoyed this one. Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 3, 2005
Rich, dark ruby colour with small white crown on top. Soft, subtle but hop accented aroma that is followed by sweet malts, dried plums and cherry. Quiet interesting combination. Very nice soft , medium bodied ale . Dominant hops character shown on front , malts and alcohol follows the act Pleasant and warming as you drink. Maybe a bit simplistic but works well. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Pours a clear ruby brown with a thinly lacing very light tan head. Mild chocolate, coffee and bitter hoppy aroma is very true to a brown ale. Starts semi-sweet and bitter, turning more dry and hopy toward a mildly warming oaky bittering hoppy finish. Stone has again produced a very unique anniversary brew, but it could use a touch more balance. Some aging will probably help. Thanks to whaleman for the trade! HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle (650ml). Shared with tupalev and blankboy, provided by tupalev. Poured a deep hazy tawny red with a smallish diminishing head. Aroma was rich with hop medley, yeasty caramel roast malt, alcohol, a touch of pine resin - simple, well-blended, almost like a hoppier, thinner harvest ale. Taste of sweet citrusy slightly resiny hops, somewhat bitter burnt candy roast malt, alcohol, also somewhat mossy and lactic. Mouthfeel is creamy, alcoholic, not terribly lively but not flat either - overall this struck me more like a barley wine, terrific balance of hops and malt for such a big beer. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Nice ruby red color. Chocolaty malt and pale malt cereal grain smell. Smooth mouthfeel and med. bodied. Great taste of chocolate and blackened malts. Very smooth finish, barely bitter at all. Incredibly easy drinking. Good stuff. 8305
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Bottle pours dark amber, bordering on brown with hues of plum. Head is is comprised of large off-white bubbles that settle to a dishwater like film. Attractive lacing with soft carbonation. Roasted malts, grains, and somewhat biscuity on the nose. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate and oak as well. Flavor is dominated, at least up front, by roasted malts. It is then followed by the noted vanilla and bourbon in the description, sweet with a good malt backbone. Great body, medium mouthfeel. Finishes with an ever so slight hop flavor. If you like a somewhat strong, malty, Brown Ale, this is your brew. Very satisfying. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2005
September 2004 Draught pint at Redbones.egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours a deep mahogany brown color with ample beige head, moderate retention receding to a ring. Smells strongly of light wood notes, mashed walnuts and rum, leafy, green resinous hops and thick and dry toffee. Flavor is hugely toffeeish, lightly roasted and rather woody. Fair amount of alcohol warmth on the end and a thick texture, coating, but with quite a bit of carbonation. Quite jumbled and forceful at this point. No doubt time will help.
12/10/2005 Bottle from Suttree, thanks!
Same mahogany brown color with deep auburn tinges on the edges, mostly clear with a foamy and lasting beige-tan head and light lacing. Aroma smells of thick raisins, brown sugar, light oak, dry English toffee, clean alcohol and a chewy caramel. Aroma is quite sniffable, and still vibrant at this point, providing for a more English barleywine-like effect with the hops having fallen off considerably at this point. Flavor is rich and strong though, with more brown sugar, walnut paste, sweet toffee and heavy cream with sugar. Oak on the end provides dryness, as does the light alcohol warmth. But the alcohol does not sting or disrupt the palate, and is well integrated. Raisins and vanilla, with a touch of baker’s chocolate linger. I though Lee’s Mild was a very well-constructed beer, and this carries on the tradition. The filtration works against the mouthfeel, but the carbonation is not heavy. Sort of a fluffy texture, ending lightly watery. Quite complex and dark without the added astringency/acidity of heavily roasted dark strong ales and stouts. Creamy vanilla, wood and raisins really go well together.
Poured a glowing reddish color with a large off white head and nice lacing. Rather muted aroma of vanilla, caramel, and light roasted chocolate. Taste was bursting with vanilla, chocolate malts, light citric hops, caramel malts, and warming bourbon alcohol feeling on the way down. The roasted qualities really stood out strong here. Very enjoyable. Not like anything else I've had recently. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottled: Deep ruby brown hue with small but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of piney and fruity hops, caramlized malts, smoke, wood, light mocha and vanilla, and a pronouned spice on the end. The taste starts bitter and spicy with a dose of bourbon barrel. The midsection is mostly malty and has chocolate/vanilla tones. The finish displays more wood and spices as well as a nutty dryness. The feel is like that of a watered down barleywine, teases you for a moment but never really bites the palate. Lightly sticky and traces of alcohol warming. Missing that something on the tongue. A good beer which does show room for improvement with a moderate aging. I look forward still to trying this in a few months. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Bottle: Aroma is malty with a strong caramel presence. Definite roastiness. Lightly hoppy and the alcohol presence is noticeable as well. Pours a dark reddish-brown (very slight transparency) with a small tan head that diminished somewhat quickly. Strong caramel presence in the flavor. Slight chocolate is there but not a dominant flavor. Only slightly bitter finish with lots of roastiness. Alcohol isn’t noticeable whatsoeve at first, but as you drink flavors intensify including alcohol which just barely starts to peak thru as well as some coffee notes . Very well balanced. Slight caramel and roasty aftertaste. This is the 3rd American Strong Ale that I’ve had and I can’t say it resembles the other two (Avery 10 and Arrogant Bastard) all that much. Maybe a little like AB without the over the top hops, stronger coffee notes, and harsh aftertaste.