Jimthechap (1492) - Christchurch, - OCT 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
gorgeous mahogany colour with reddish latte coloured head. Crystal malt, amber and apricot aromas along with redwood, sweet figs and toffee brittle. I could go on... I will go on: spruce and pine resin. To taste there is an immediate FARK! noise as I realise what Iíve put in my mouth. There was a full-on blast of competing flavours like an explosion at a caramel factory with apricot, glace orange peel, resin, chlorophyll and just every available adjective to describe American hops. This is just an excelsis of malt, hops and anger. It has the remarkable effect of numbing the back of the tongue like a throat lolly. To be fair, the label does suggest it will be an aggessive ale.
"This beer hangs on to the parts of the mouth you donít expect them to and then gives you a thump." said my learned off-sider Ari.
Thereís just so much more that could be written about this remarkable, remarkable ale.
This just describes for me the American ethos of bigger, better, faster. Remarkable.
RyanK (154) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, mahogany type amber showing carbonation and has a white bubbly head thatís almost non existent. Smells of sweet hops, lightly roasted malt, kind of a metal drum smell like a red ale but smells like a beer Iíd drink. Enjoy by 5/24/14 drank on 4/23. Packs a hop punch but not a huge one. Has a slightly heavy mouth-feel and just about a perfect light carbonation. You kind of get a mix of alcohol and hoppy taste but not overpowering at all, then it quickly subsides with a dry finish. A Classic
kevinator (721) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has become a Classic and good go-to beer, just not sessionable. It does tiptoe very close to the IPA line. Nice blend of hops and caramel malt aromas. Amber color that looks almost like some Belgian strong ales. Palate is full and somewhat weighty with high carbonation. Hops are up front but immediately followed but a caramel malt sweetness . Grainy flavors with bread and a dry finish round it out. A must try.
steez (20) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting blast of bitterness out of the bomber. Then....as if by magic it disappears. Then its enjoyable and I could imagine ordering another if I were at a bar. Cool deep copper color nice head thatís thin but hangs right in there. Not too shabby...Probably great with grilled meats,would buy again.
Garrold (749) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bier Huis, Ossett. Clear, dark amber. Pale tan, thin, tight, lasting head. Looks boss. Bitter dark cherry chocolate. In a glass. With a head on it. Lovely.
Chadski4 (72) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet nose with hints of chocolate. Alcohol in the taste with a bitter finish. Well balanced with piney hop notes. Would definitely repeat but only on certain occasions.
reberiii (263) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, classic, American strong ale with a strong hop presence. Dark brown pour from bomber, malty front, hoppy finish.
Bufordbrewer (3) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber/caramel look, foamy pale brown head about index finger width that lingers, with good lacing. Bitter, but not harsh aftertaste, which follows a very slight malty first impression. Hoppy like an IPA. Resin aftertaste is the best I can come up with. Good feel in the belly.
bartlebier (1196) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(backlog recollected in abstinence) Shared tap pitcher, shared at Pork Slope, Brooklyn 09/2012.Thanks to Steve and John for taking us here!). Welcome palate rinser after an evening of bbq-sauce clad swine debauchery. Comes complete with the signature Stone palate cleaver hop profile, heavy on spruce and citric rind astringent bitterness (going on flowery, green resins) - at that clinically clean, yet from tap mercifully mellowed out by a solid and crisp pale malt randiance. Not necessarily an ideal subtle aperitif, but very well made.
lag91 (55) - Milton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful beer reach deep color. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is indeed aggressive with a strong hop flavor throughout accented by small roasty notes
doublerdad (1) - - APR 16, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my go-to beer for everyday enjoyment. Itís got the bitterness of a really good IPA, but also has body and smoothness. The nose is wonderful, and the aftertaste is forever. The only minor flaw is that the head is just a little too bubbly and doesnít last quite as long as one might like. Now that itís in the local Costco, there is absolutely ZERO reason to experiment around. For a quiet evening at home, this is THE ONE.