Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from drinkstore
Dark amber with beige fluff head and punch of pine on the nose. Full bodied, heavy, sticky, resinous toffee, warming boozy finish.
ARH (152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2014 22oz bottle poured into a Stone specialty IPA glass (a hybrid between a flute and snifter). Where to start with the nose on this one ... well, I guess, at the start. The first aromas I picked up were that of vanilla and caramel primarily. After a little bit, some dark berry aromas start coming through followed shortly thereafter by a hint of nuts, figs, and plums. There’s also some licorice tucked away in there. The next round of aromas had a bit of a musty and damp smell to it, but it was also accompanied by a hint of pine, wood, and honey. By the end of the drink, I was also picking up citrus, cuacao, as well as banana & clove notes. It pours a clear honey orange color with a thick, beige, sudsy head that’s in no rush to recede. A healthy, rocky lacing is left behind on the glass. A medium-high bitter (fairly moderate by Stone standards) combines with a medium malty sweetness. This full bodied beer is creamy going down; aided by an abundant, yet mellow and soft carbonation. The malty front end is a toasted caramel and roasted nut flavor with some hints of dark, meaty fruits (figs / plums). Mid mid drink, this also takes on a woodsy quality as well. Notes of pine, resin, and citrus combine for a full, but mellow bitter finish with a nice touch of bourbon-caramel alcohol warmth; it a mildly dry finish The aftertaste left behind is a balanced blend of smokey caramel, grapefruit, and resin with a touch of licorice.
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the giant bottle! Poured into a shaker. Ruby colored with a tan head. Aroma is pretty much all malt with a little bit of earthiness. Flavor starts off malt forward with sweeter notes like a red, but finishes with some earthy and piney hop notes. Fairly creamy and smooth for the ABV. Overall this reads like a nicely balanced strong red ale.
thetmaxx (729) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from the 3l 2013 release. Very creamy thick head. Aroma has a nice balance of malty and hoppy. The malt character is biscuit y. It tastes like red malt s were used. The hops are a nice blend of slightly citrus but mostly dank and bitter! It’s bitter and I love it!
Justa (6) - - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer, considering how high in alcohol it has, still taste lots of hop bitterness and malty. The kind of beer you bring out when you have wine drinkers over, who think they know a lot about wine, except you may not want to share it.
BeerBaboon (1477) - FINLAND - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is hops, fruits, caramel. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, bitter, caramel and sweet. Very nice.
Philym (692) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Clear copper/ruby with finger thick ivory head.
Aroma: Pine, resinous, liquorice, dried fig, plum, woody, spiritous, musky, grapefruit note and treacle/caramel.
Taste: Medium/high bitterness, medium sweetness and low/medium sourness.
Palate: Thick grainy texture, medium body, average carbonation, astringent lingering bitterness follows an initial sweetness. The finish is fruity, spiritous, liquorice, burnt caramel and has alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very tasty and glass lace. 2012 release.
CpyNPrnT (213) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 edition. From notes. Big beer, sweet fruit, plums, cherries, caramel. Lots of hops, but strangely does note destroy my palate, just kidding. Gotta love the DB.
MattiasA (610) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog, 2011. Caramel, syrup, brown sugar and raisins. The alcohol comes through together with some dried fruits and a long afternote of sweet-soaked hops.
FiremanChris (12) - - MAR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle to a pint glass pours a deep amber color with a tan 1 finger head and good lacing.
The nose is dark cherry caramel malt sweetness.
Taste is very sweet and malty up front.. Strong, brown sugar, syrup, cherry caramel with some bitter hops on the back end. Definitely boozy but this feels like a punch you in the mouth type beer that is not trying to hide the high ABV.
Mouthfeel is thick, syrup, spicy and very smooth.
Overall this is a winner. Very bold and complex flavor that is not quite my style but I have to respect it.