Leafs93 (1649) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs dark amber with beige head. Aroma is pine hops, caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet with a bitter and long lingering dry finish. The alcohol povides warming as it comes through quickly.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice reddish dark copper with some good lacing. The nose has a beautiful piney hoppiness and a bit of amber sweet malt. The taste is much the same--there is a nice malt backbone, but the dominant component is piney hops, with a bit of floral and citrus going as well. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Overall, I liked this one quite a bit better than the 12th Anniversary, and was happy to get to try this year’s release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark amber with a creamy off-white head that lasts throughout. Excellent lacing. Aroma is a strong malty sweetness, some caramel, toffee, and alcohol. The aroma has dropped most of the hop character after almost a year and a half in the bottle (not really a bad thing, at all). Flavor starts off with a grapefruit, piney hop bitterness that has hung in there over the months and carries long into the finish. The bitterness is nicely balanced by a big, sweet caramel and toffee maltiness. Slightly warming. Full bodied. Still a very tasty brew.
rubbishystuff (1809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Small bar on Fullerton. Very red color, quite bitter beer. More drinkable than the ABV% would lead you to believe. Pretty good. Serving: Tap
Ungstrup (29167) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. A chestnut colored beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and hops which lends it notes of grass, grapefruits, and lemons. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and spices, leading to a very bitter finish.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22ox bottle poured into a tulip. Aroma is of sharp citrus and resin with some roasted malt. The appearance id dead on, with a beautiful dark amber color with an ample tank head that leaves serious lacing. The taste is pure Stone....that being a hop bomb, but nicely balanced. This is like Double Bastard in many ways, but a little more refined. There is a nice warming from the alcohol, too. Perfect for autumn. Palate is full body, creamy texture with lively carbonation and a wonderful bitter finish. Overall, this beer is pure joy. Love Stone, and this is up at the top of the list.
xs2500 (180) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby red amber with a thin malty colored head. Flavor is bitter with hints of toasted malts and nuts. A good strong offering from Stone. Must try.
jtclockwork (8015) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown with tan head. Rubbing alcohol on the nose with licorice, rotting wood and vanilla. Taste is licorice, alcohol, chocolate and dark cherry. Slightly past its prime.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Churchkey. Pine, grass and citrus aroma, lots of caramel, good body. Nothing complex, just lots of hops and malt.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red-amber with a moderate light brown/auburn head and good lacing. Nose is hops and hops, with some hops...and a little caramel-like malt. Flavor is about the same story as the nose: tons of bitter hops in every facet of the taste, juxtaposed against a slightly roasty, very brown-sugar based malt of hefty size. Very heavy and thick...almost like drinking syrup. Finish is mostly hops as well. Similar to an Arrogant Bastard with some extra hops and a slightly roasted malt...quite good, obviously.