HopsandBolts (240) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a
clear dark amber brown with next to no head. That said, there is a bit of lacing left behind.
Malt, caramel, toffee, hint of grapefruit with a very slight bitterness on the finish.
Average viscosity with lower carbonation.
Overall: A nice ale with malty flavours coming through but it also has a hint of citrus with some grapefruit coming out. I found this one to be fairly easy drinking. This bottle was just slightly past its best by date so I suspect the hops might have been more intense if it were fresher.
kingaugusta (160) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber with a quick offwhite head. Nose is full of bitter hops and an almost syrup sweetness. Flavor is aggressive as advertised with plenty of bitterness and a thick malt. Finish is long and sticky.
DonPiano (79) - GERMANY - DEC 28, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber colored and a white smooth head. Hoppy and malty aromas, with a strong and pleasant bitterness.
Brentv (569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bomber, pours red with a one-finger yellow head. Aroma and taste of caramel. Taste is in-your-face bitter caramel, some citrus with a gentle sweetness. Medium mouthfeel. Bitter finish. This is a big beer that I keep coming back to. It surprised me that I hadnít rated it before. The marketing is a bit arrogant, but, yeah, I like this one.
hauxe (183) - Butzbach, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated from old notes. A dry hopped ale the color of muddy water. Flowery smell, although any fruitiness in the taste is overwhelmed by the hops. Threatens to wear out its welcome, like an arrogant bastard, but is okay if sipped slowly and patiently
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in the dining room again.
Pours a dark amber with a huge head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is hop forward with some pine and some citrus. Itís got a big bunch of caramel sweetness and some bug spray going on there as well. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Cohesive enough, but not really something I find especially inviting.
The flavor is really just a lot of stuff crammed together, this is how Iíve always felt about this beer and I go back time and time again to see what Iím missing out on. Itís all bitter and sweet and Itís got lots of crystal malt, itís got a pronounced roastiness, lots of grapefruit, lots of bitterness, lots of leafy hops, lots of pine. Nothing really plays nicely, everything is just brash and feels random.
I mean, itís a classic of the style (Imperial Amber I guess...) but thatís not a style of beer I like. It seems like the marketing pulls in a lot of young beer drinkers as a gateway thing, and yeah... if you can get "into" this then youíre ready to tackle the broad world of craft beer, but yeah.... itís just never been my thing.
tsd08460 (516) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: caramel, resin, grass, spruce, citrus,
Appearance: clear amber, tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
Fredmoura (1) - - NOV 23, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent! Taste perfect. Got IT in Mondial de la bierre at Rio de Janeiro
Troupis (157) - - NOV 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong 'bastard' of a beer. Three of five people who tried hated and two (myself included) like a lot. A strong ale with an unapologetic palate. Not sure the makeup or type but seems a great beer to stick with all night long as could ruin the palate for other beers.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jsporrer (314) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours a translucent dirty brown with a medium sized light tan foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a thing ring which clings to the glass. Aroma isnít very strong just a hint of malts and a semi sweet toffee. Not much flavor to start. Seems to be more flavor in the aftertaste. After you swallow you get a somewhat bitter dryness on the roof of the mouth. Not too bitter or harsh but not really anything special. I had hope for something a little better especially from Stone. Iíd drink it again but wonít go out of my way to buy it.