iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle at Olive Tree in OB a week or so ago, canít remember the price. Clear reddish brown with a 1/2 finger beige head, fair retention. Floral hops dominate the nose with moderate sweet orange rinds, dry nuts and light sweet caramel. A bit grassy once it warmed. Flavor follows suit with stronger and less sweet rinds, still plenty of floral notes. Moderate toasty notes and fairly light caramel. Finishes dry with a bit of toastiness, bitterness peaked at a 4, no trace of alcohol noted. Didnít notice the house Stone yeast here, which was nice. Smooth creamy low carbonation with a medium body. Pretty tasty.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel, toast, nutty malt notes on top of medium assertive citrus hops on the nose. Stone house yeast notes for sure. Rather fruity as it warms really. Pours hazy brown, nice lasting head and lace. The flavor is bright and hoppy, juicy with citrus, juicy fruit gum, toasted malts, nuts, caramel, and toffee. More fruity hops round out and linger in the finish. Really solid shit here. Boom.
baraciisch (2300) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown in color with a citrus hop aroma... Flavor is caramel malts, nuts like a typical brown, but with a prevalent citrus hop character and bitterness on the palate.... Excellent brown, definitely my kind of brown...
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; poured a cola-ish brown with a large beige head. Aroma of brown malt, caramel, citrus, orange, and sugary candy. Really liked the aroma. Flavor not as good, but it was good. Flavor had more of a pine/earthy presence, balanced with a bit of alcohol, sweetness, and caramel. Aroma was great, overall beer was good.
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky brown (imagine that), with a good tan head. Citrus hops layered over butter toffee on the nose, with some ripe fruit in back. Flavor is far more powerful than Iíd anticipated -- this reminds me of Arrogant Bastard (got to be at least a bit of Stone influence in there). Lots of hops add a lingering bitterness, but thereís enough sweetness in here to take them off the pedestal for a bit. Brown sugar / molasses notes come through more in the finish. Tasty, but not for the faint of heart.
HonkeyBra (3724) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. At this point in my life Iím the only stone beers that do it for me are the collaborations. Hazy, Chestnut brown pour with a white, almost fuzzy looking head. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, rum cake, along with a pine/citrus/grapefruit hop profile. Flavor is malty, sweet, with lots of brown sugar and cake notes. Fairly assertive hop profile lends citrus and grapefuit bitterness. The hops lack depth and feel somewhat jumbled and out of place. Itís a hoppy brown ale, but not elegantly so. To be fair, the alcohol isnít really noticeable. Meh, itís fine.
Ratman197 (11228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
ottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, citrus, light earthiness and light brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, earthiness and light citrus with a smooth moderatly bitter finish.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy, slightly translucent brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of citrus, toffee, sweet malt. Flavor has upfront citrus/orange hops alongside a nutty, toffee character, a bit of maple, and a very slight medicinal note in the finish. Medium bodied and drinkable. This beer is Interesting, tasty, and as advertised, has some great hop flavors. Well worth a try, though not one of my favorite Stone collaborations.
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Binnyís Lakeview. Pours an amber-brown color with a big, off white head. Aroma is hoppy, pine and citrus, orange maybe. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty and hoppy, interesting combination, not roasty like a black IPA, more orange citrus flavor, with a light, bitter finish. Interesting.
bluejacket74 (1551) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a murky mahogany brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but weak, the brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange peel), caramel and toasted malt, molasses, piney hops and brown sugar. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with a slight nutty flavor also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and creamy and is well carbonated (maybe has a bit too much carbonation). Yep, itís a hoppy brown ale. Unfortunately, itís not a great one. I think itís a decent brew, but it just seems that thereís something missing that could have made this beer better. Oh well, itís still worth trying.