I split a 22oz bottle with a friend. It had an enjoy by date of 10/31/13 and cost $7.99 ($0.36 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright orange, apricot-skin hue. Mostly translucent but
slightly hazy. Carbonation can be seen wafting up the side of the glass.
Pours to a small, off-white, frothy head which leaves minor lacing.
Smell: Slight tropical fruit aroma, but strong spicy/earthy/bready notes. Noticeable alcohol presence as well.
Taste: What’s interesting about Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung
IPA is that it’s an American-style imperial IPA, but is brewed
exclusively with German malt and hop varieties. In that respect it’s
quite novel and interesting to say the least. However, that’s not to say
the net result is as impressive as the recipe. The malt character here
is bit odd, and the hops are spicy - not piney or citrusy. A good beer,
but not an amazing one.
Up front there’s a strong malty core. Vanilla, butterscotch, and whole
wheat bread are all prominent flavors. The palette changes on a dime as
the swig hits the apex. Immediately I’m inundated with a spicy sensation
of rye bread and dry bitterness. It’s almost salty, actually. Hops are
definitely the star of the show here, but since they’re all German it’s
nothing dank or citrusy, but rather pure spiciness with a touch of
earthy character. The aftertaste is dry as well. I liked the taste, but
after half a serving I was content.
Drinkability: It’s no surprise that a big beer like Stone 17th
Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA would be quite intimidating on both the
palate and the psyche (the German word roughly translates to "the end of
everything."). While the mouthfeel itself is comfortable, there’s a lot
of weight and energy to this beer. The 9.5% ABV potency is definitely
noticeable, imparting a constant warmth that gets stronger and drier as
the beer warms. While it’s smooth going down, there’s so much body to
this brew that it’s filling and heavy. Drinking more than a single
serving is rather challenging.