BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours like black motor oil with almost no head... Very surprising for a strong ale. Aroma of burnt malt, coffee, chocolate. Quite bitter and sweet from the malt but also with some noticeable hop notes. I could imagine this was made by blending equal parts of IPA and Guinness. A bit "gimmicky". Should this beer be in the stout category?
Quite pricey and not nearly as good a strong ale as Stoneís Arrogant Bastard.
DrSilverworm (7799) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle, shared with friends. Bottled on 25/12/10, it looks like the label says... Batch 298. Ungh... surprisingly, holding up pretty damn well. Some nice milk chocolate, mild spice. Very dark brown color, has kind of a stout-like appearance. Thin off-white head, good bits of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp light carbonation, mild chewiness. Dry finish. Touch of oxidization, but itís not distracting, and works well with the dark malt and mild smokey flavors. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, touch of mild sour, some soy sauce. Interesting stuff to try.. Very fun to try for sure. I remember seeing this on the shelf of my early days of beer-rating, and thinking ínah, Iíll save that for laterí, after glancing at the price. I kind of wish I tried it fresh, but nonetheless Iím glad I had an opportunity to try it at all. At least now I know a bit more about what Iím talking about.
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a lightly translucent dark cola with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty and a little boozy with a bit of roast as well. Tastes like it smells, but less robust, with a medium-bodied mouthfeel thatís a bit thinner than Iíd prefer. Still, solid beer.
keith0718 (408) - Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pulled from the cellar...at least 4 years old. Flat, but great flavor. Iím sure the flatness has to do with the cellaring. Whatever style it is, itís a great balance of unique flavors -- not too malty or hoppy.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
it was a bit of a hop assault, but not quite ruinous. supposedly a belgian black dbl ipa, but lacking all but a very subtle belgian yeasty presence, and also hoppy - but not quite as hoppy as your typical west coast dbl ipa. spicy fruit, chocolate and nmolasses present in the aroma and flavor as well. poured black with an off white lasting head. the alcohol was prevelant at this age in the flavor as well. warming, but not hot. smooth, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. tastes a little more like a Brewdog beer than a Stone beer, but good either way."
McNeillR (1568) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís gone quite prune and plummy, goofy esters now. The bullish Belgian vibes throughout arenít quite as grounded with bitterness, warped gassiness and a light liquorice dark tart edge. Smooth and light creaminess - a long ranging busy finish, brassy un-bitter and dirty clove linger.
Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting
allmyvinyl (5176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craigís. Shit the bed, never seen this before. Didnít think I ever would. Cheers birthday boy! Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of wood, light chocolate. Taste is massive chocolate hit, light coffee roast. Medium body, roasted bitter finish.
Stuu666 (5366) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, nose is peppery, sweet chocolate, taste is dry, thin, peppery, oxidised.
Christpuncher (1638) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
starts out with a chocolatey flavor and then finished like a double ipa. hopyy and bitter. this is a complez easy to drink beer. pours dark brown in color with a tan head. slightly sweet. had a bottle pour at home.
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Bobby. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate, pine, sherry, fudge cake and coffee. Medium body.
ericdevin (969) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours a jet black, small amount of tan head. Aroma subtle, coffee, yeast, resin, chocolate. Yeah, itís a four year old IPA, so not much expected there. Body thin and slack, but finish is brilliant, a really nice interplay between yeast, malt and hops, very little bitterness and even at that, along the lines of anise or some similar herb, with a full rich mouthfeel. Imagine this wouldíve been a bit more impressive fresh, but still worth a flyer.