rubbishystuff (1734) - 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 (28227) - 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 (6911) - , 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 (9999) - 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.
cfrancis (2097) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Don for this. Pours a dark brown with a slightly almond head with good lacing. Aroma is very hoppy and malt. Taste is like a malt bomb with a huge hop bitterness. The malt is slightly roasted and a full mouthfeel. The malt overshadows the hop flavours which disappoints me as I’m a huge fan of Stone’s traditional hop flavours. Well back to Ruination for me.
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"big hop-bomb aroma right when i opened the bottle. i knew this was easily Stone’s hoppiest beer coming in, and being that they are my favorite brewer, expectations were sky high. the aroma was fresh hops with a nice sweet malty balance. the color was darker than i expected (slightly darker than OB Gordon) whch is my closest point of comparison. An imperial red all the way. Big body and a huge (surprisingly so) malt flavor to equal the massive hops. great tasty brew all the way around. at least Gordon’s equal. More blanced and complex."
back (1186) - Holstebro, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:humle citro malt vanilje hasselnød Ud.:uklar Skum:langhold rolig E.smag:sød lidt bitter moderat Krop:medium For.:sirupsagtig Brus:livlig
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