Appearance: Lighter than expected—a pinkish orange, nice and deep. Murky. Head didn’t last long, but it’s lacing the glass nicely.
Smell: Cloying brandy-sweet, caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol—not biting. Some hops, but they’re really a backseat to the sugary malt.
Taste: There’s a punch here, from the alcohol, no doubt. Then the hops, a flood of herbal bitterness, strong but quite good. Bracing! Sweet, very malty—a caramel/biscuit malt. Almost a plummy/date fruit character. Very complex, like a cognac… slightly harsh but since it is a 2007 release, it will mellow very nicely.
Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied—syrupy, almost. Biting from the alcohol and hops.
Overall: Simply, another great beer from Stone.