gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours very thick with minimal tan head. My bottle pours almost like cough syrup consistency. Aroma is all pine and hops with a hint of grapefruit. Taste is very similar, though strikingly smooth compared to some other high ABV Stone offerings. Not catching any toffe, just citrus hops, pine, and maybe some of the malts. Alcohol is fairly well concealed. Nice brew.
jazz88 (2571) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A dark brownish color with a thick foamy tan head. Strong malts, rich deep fruity floral and pine aroma. A delightful and hoppy flavor with burnt caramel, bitter hops, vines, citrus, and robust malts. A big beer with a tremendous finish.
JohnnyJ (4615) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Bright copper red pour, with a sticky caramel colored head. This beer is very very hop forward. Resinous pine, citrus, grapefruit, carmel malt, and some alcohol heat. It’s good, I enjoyed it, just not that the complex. May be more interesting in something close to a year.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Rattle and Hum. Poured almost black with a thin white head. Aroma is strong on hops and malt. Similar flavor, with a big alcohol bite. But the hop flavor is strong and good. Might need to sit for a bit, but definitely worth a try.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle w/ Pentz ... overly sappy, hoppy red w/ too much heat. I see what they’re goin for here, but it doesn’t blow me away. Tongue Buckler meets double bastard. ho-hum ... nothing special here....but could be good 6 months down the road ...
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Resiny hops, and wheat bread on the nose. Flavor is dark malts, sour fruitiness, a resinous pine hop bite, alcohol seems to be fairly noticeable distracting from flavor. Maybe some ageing to help mellow that out?
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich copper color with a nice tan head. Big summer fruit aroma. Caramel and sumemr fruit flavor with a bit of grapefruit and pine. Good bitterness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel, sumemr fruit, and grapefruti/pine linger. Nice.
GT2 (8819) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear, deep red with a one to two finger tan, rocky head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is superb: piney and resiny hops, strawberries, candi sugar, grapefruit. Taste up front is light fruits, crystal malt, and heavy on the strawberries and then moves to some insane bittering hops like Ruination like chewing on pine needles. Finish is extremely dry and bitter but subdues that warming effect of the 9.5% abv. Overall, this is like the Imperial Red version of Ruination and thus awesome.
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 very beautiful deep deep red pour to a big time tan head..piney forest, citrus aroma, acre’s and acre’s of hop bombs here, nice bitter taste, a little unbalanced with the malts but thats probably there intention..overall it’s a great beer very enjoyable sipper, but i think a step below Bastard ale...
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Bomber. Another impressive release from Stone. Tasted side by side with Ballast Point Tongue Buckler. The 13th is definitely bigger and bolder. Colored a deep amber almost chestnut color with a medium off white head. Uber hoppy and dry nose with fresh pine needles and a bit of grapefruit. Strong maltiness with notes of crystal malt, brown sugar and slightly toasted grain. Hops are heavy, bitter and noticeable everywhere. Thick texture with a resinous and slightly syrupy feel. Carbonation is average and the head laces nicely throughout. Goes out with a touch of dry bitterness. Well done.