Peacehammer (589) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
vintage 2009 bottle opened in march, 2012. Pours a very dark mahogany, with a one finger foamy head. Sourish aroma, likely from the Cellaring that the bottle says not to do. Taste is extremely malty. To the point where every malty beer I’ve had before is blown out of the water. Slight sour finish, but very slight.
UDBeernut (1474) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes from 8/2009
on tap at la Cave du Vin, poured into a tulip glass
a: deep amber color, 1/2" off white head with good retention, lacing rings the glass on the way down
s: clean piney aroma, hint of carmalized malt
t: caramel malt quickly overtaken by sharp bitterness and piney hop flavor. slight alchohol as it warms. Very nice.
m&d: medium to full bodied with light carbonation. slightly slick mouth feel, finishs slightly dry. Very drinkable beer for such a monster. Awesome!!!
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from WInooski.
Appearance : Deep dark amber with medium foamy brown head.
Aroma : Big sweet rich malt with big caramel. Resinous hops. Piny with some raisins. Very rich.
Taste : Big resinous and piny hops with sweet and rich caramel. Finish is a bit warm. Light oxidation but nothing to worry about.
Overall : Very big bold and rich yet fairly well balanced. An American Strong like Stones does them well. Big hops, big malts. Nice stuff.
IvoR (68) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Rated 09/30/2009] Bottle. Pours dark red with a small head. Aroma is very pleasant, as if it is a just-opened bag of hops. I am giving it the highest rating here, just because I spent 5 minutes smelling it without even having the urge to take a sip -- I just can’t get enough of it. Very nice flavor, too. Surprisingly mild for the 9.5% ABV that it packs. I don’t quite like the hop balance, though. It is much bitter than I expected -- a sharp contrast to the sweet, pleasant aroma -- and leaves a long finish that is just a little too bitter for my taste. The overall impression is still very good.
Vignale (1803) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stored cold so even if it’s way past it’s best before date it hasn’t aged a lot. Still a big nose of pine and grapefruits and bitterness. Sweet and oily mouthfeel. Lots of pine and grapefruits and bitterness which makes the finish rather dry. A massiv beer that survived the long cellar existence very well.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown body - lightly brown head. Great complex aroma of wine, grapes. Heavily bitter, moderately sweet, lightly yeasty flavour.
unclemattie (4032) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Label states not to cellar, enjoy now. Well, this bottle is over two years old. I am just not rating it. Muddy brown color. Aroma of oxidized malts, and old hops. A hint of resin over a mulch pile. Flavor has a ton of dark caramel. Very dry. A touch of toffee and toasted malts. Bitterness coats the palate, although as far as hop flavors, there are none. Still really bitter. Aged nicely.
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head that left good lacing. Hoppy aroma of pine, caramel, citrus, and alcohol. Flavor was lightly sweet and hoppy with caramel malts, toffee, pine, light citrus, dark fruit and a hint of molasses with a bitter and dry finish.
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somehow they had this one sitting in a fridge at a store in Indiana....it was strong enough so I figured what the hell. Was pretty good! Pours dark brown lots of carmel and has a bitter dry finish. Not really any hops left, but I enjoyed it.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Very hazy garnet with reddish highlights under a tall dusky tan head. Curtains of lacing all the way down the glass. Huge citrusy, piney aroma. Aggressively hopped and unbashful about it. Grapefruit, toffee, white pepper and caramel. Strong toasted malt rails. Surprisingly soft texture and a short, bitter astringent finish. Another really nice brew from Stone.