russianmunkee (15) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For me: Yes! Found another great reddish ale to add to the collection. 7.2% ...nice color, perfect hoppiness
strattonspeaks (77) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber red pour. Thick beige topper with terrific lace. Pine and citrus zest on the nose. Grapefruit and pine cone on the tongue. An earthy bitterness coupled nicely with a subtle malt sweetness. Long bitter finish. A flash of caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation. Wonderful beer.
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FROM NOTES: July 3, ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Stone pint glass.
A: Moderate citrus hop aroma with a hint of biscuit and caramel notes.
A: Pours a nice dark red/amber color with a foamy tan head with great retention.
T: Initially a mix of the malt sweetness matched with bold hop flavor, finishes with the dry biscuit flavor and malt sweetness lingers on the palate.
P: Medium to full bodied and great carbonation.
O: A complex contrast of malt sweetness and full hop flavor creates a really drinkable beer that still packs a punch. I’ve had it numerous times but just got around to reviewing. It NEVER disappoints, nor does the world-class Stone Brewery.
Beese (638) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with mR_fr0g at his place on 12 October. Poured a dark amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma of cloves, caramel and butterscotch. Treacle and toffee flavours with pine hop bitterness. Finish is slightly astringent, but still rather tasty with hop resins and chewy dry malts.
Augdraught1981 (80) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark amber with small off white slightly yellowish head. The aroma is of strong grapefruit. Super hoppy like nothing else I have had before with a very mellow & soft powdered sugary sweetness in the background. Very full palate and long lasting bitterness just the way I like it. This is the perfect balance of being super hopped up and not overpoweringly sweet like other imperial IPAs & barley wines tend to be. A+
patxa (160) - MEXICO - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grass and flowers. Not lasting aroma. Great lace, decent head, mediocre pale brown color. Bitter and malty, with a good texture and med to full body. Med sour too. Long palate with liquor notes. A bit smoky. Good beer.
Luvystypotables (206) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of grapefruit and hops, bitter taste slightly complex, yeast, hops and grapefruit. Bitter citrus rind finish
MaBeer1972 (1218) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tried this years ago and totally hated it. My tastes have changed... 22oz bomber from Julio’s. Pours out a lovely deep amber with a nice frothy light tan head. Earthy-alcohol aromas. Body is heavy. Flavor is complex, with a long lingering musty-earthy sweet bitterness. Hop profile is "classified" on the Stone website... doesn’t matter cause they are so muddled.
Rasmus40 (8880) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 171013
chrisv10 (9415) - DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 7.2%. Clear dark amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, little toasted and hops. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, hops, medium sweet, pine and quite bitter.