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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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In bringing together artisans from disparate aural planes, one might expect an offbeat, feedback-warped cacophony, shrill to the point of unlistenable. Yet, by inviting Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for eclectic, jam-prone sextet, The String Cheese Incident, and Keri Kelli, wailing rock guitarist of Alice Cooper fame, we were able to make truly beautiful music. Turns out, these musicians have a great deal in common, both with each other and with Stone. We all enjoy turning things up to 11, and that is represented in this collaborative offering, an imperial India pale ale ably backed by Nugget, Comet and Calypso hops, and amplified care of a healthy dry-hopping with Vic’s Secret, a new Australian hop, adding citrus and tropical fruit oomph. To give this modern masterpiece some soulful, classic character, we traced the roots of brewing to the days when Old World herbs were used to spice beers, adding in coriander and, a first for us, elderberries. To stand up to that sumptuous spice and blaring bitterness, we added golden naked oats, which are lightly roasted and add body and enhanced mouthfeel to the brew like a steady, unbreakable backbeat to an incendiary jam solo. Sit back, crank the volume and get lost in this operatic incarnation of genres combined in the name of invention.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Tasted on 6/11/14 from a capped 22oz bomber bottle purchased at Bangor Wine and Cheese. Pours clear, burnt orange with an average off-white head that leaves an average collar and some messy lace along the inside of the glass. The nose is fairly malt forward with citrus and floral hops, and an almost black tea aroma. The flavor is really more focused on that tea with a ton of bitterness on different levels, from hops, a bit of roast, and that elderberry really kicks in. The body is fairly full with average, but stinging, carbonation, and a long bitter elderberry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (789) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4oz sampler at Waldo Pizza. Pours Aroma of strong citrus, tropical fruits, somewhat spicy. Flavor is pine, grassy, tropical fruits. slightly dry mouthfeel. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (571) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Blonde dorée. Beau collet. Belle effervescence. Corps rond. Bonne amertume. Fruité. Fine chaleur d’alcool. Légèrement sucré. Sèche et bien rafraichissante malgré son haut pourcentage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
remice2 (123) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Super bonne double IPA. gros colle de mousse qui colle. Draft de pêches,abricots,mangues,petite touche de marijuana ont dirais. quelques choses d’exotique pas à peut près! en bouche ça explose , sa colle aussi , arrières goût d’agrumes avec une final longue et très longue qui s’étire, petite final chaude,léger sucre résiduel, Trop bonne . Bon souvenirs de Virginie en Août 2013 je vais tenter de m’en rappeler le plus possible Classique

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlennHendry (12) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
I’m getting a hint of something exotic - perhaps the elderberries though who knows what the hell elderberries taste like - or maybe the coriander, though that’ a spice that normally doesn’t agree with me. Whatever, it works. Really smooth and delicious but not overpoweringly bitter. Which is good because at 9.3 % this rock n roll collaboration brings a lot of heavy metal to the table. Stone Brewing can do no wrong

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2653) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange color with a medium densely packed white head that diminishes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and pine, and malt in the background. Full-bodied with a resiny hops and flavors of grapefruit and grainy malt. The finish is moderately bitter which over shadows the citrus and pine hops in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nothingbutIPAs (13) - Hillsborough, USA - NOV 3, 2014
very solid double IPA. worth a try, but ruination and other stone beers are much better IMO. We want hops should be a slogan for some of these collaborations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2832) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Pours a light orange color with tropical citrus aroma. Citrus flavors with hint of spice and touch of earthy bitterness. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilJackson80 (354) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 5, 2014
2 oz Bomber. Tasted on 10/4/14. Beer courtesy of Chae.. Thanks!!! The beer has pine, citrus, slight notes of coriander. The taste was a little too bitter until it warmed up some. As it warmed the tasted mellow & had a better balance. Overall an OK effort for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3812) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Clear copper pour. Citrusy tropical fruit tones. Bitterness picks up as an earthiness on the finish but overall very sweet. Not sure what the elderberries or corriander are doing here as I can’t really pick them up? I’d love to try the base beer for comparison. Pretty solid DIPA though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (811) - - SEP 27, 2014
Nice hoppy bouquet. Peach, apricot, weed, decent maltiness, smooth with a pretty clean finish. Another solid Stone brew, I can feel heavy rocking riffs of hoppiness.

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