SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle on 11/13/09. Pours garnet with a dark ivory head. Has a monstrously nitric oxide aroma. The beer is quite grassy. This is a very hoppy brown ale. There are overwhelming hops at all dimensions to this. A beer this unbalanced deserves to be aged for quite some time before trying.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear ruby color with a thin tan head. Solid aroma of resinous hops with smoked and toasted malt. Solid flavor of resinous hops, toasted malt and a strong, lasting bitterness. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. This is quite intense and tasty!
SirLimpsalot (1910) - SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Det första som slår emot mig, är en enorm humlebomb. Den smakar ekstremt humle, en liten aning gula frukter, mycket gräs och annars ganska besk.
Den påminner mycket om en hetare version av Fresh Hop, som vi provade i onsdag.
Som med Fresh Hop tycker jag inte det händer så mycket med denna ölen. Smaken er mycket skarp och jag tycker den har lite “fula” undertoner av “fisk”/saltvatten. Den enorma humlesmaken gör den lite otrevlig att dricka efter ett tag.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, darker brown colored body with an orange tint to it. Finger-width, creamy, tannish brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is probably a much more subdued version of a fresh bottle, but still pretty vibrant. Lots of resiny, deep pines with grapefruits and other citruses. A good amount of caramels and some toasty toffees make for a nice, fairly sweet malt backing along with a bit of a bready character and a touch of roast. Some slightly sharp, nostril stinging alcohol too. Flavor is solid. Lots of resiny pines and some deeper earth with a good amount of sweetness that seems to come out more thanks to the nice malt backing. Plenty of caramel and toasty toffee with a roast that is slightly more distinct than the aroma, but still remains subtle. A hint of bitter dark cocoa towards the end too as this finishes dry with a high, resiny and peppery bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste with a bit of an alcohol heat following a medium body and moderate, creamy carbonation. Overall, a cool beer. Lots of hops, but a nice mixture of malts to "balance." I wish I could have tried this fresh, but it has held up nicely.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle asks you to drink it young, so here we go. A little bit of several styles. Hops up front, citrus c, piney. Also a little roasted barleywine imperial stoutish. A little yeasty, like a Belgian IPA. Neither style overwhelms, it is a great beverage accompaniment with supper as different tastes predominate with each course. Darkish colour with generous head.
Nickls (1750) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Deep brown, copperish color, fairly clear, but dark; poured with half-finger of creamier, light tan head. Pretty strong piney/cedary hop character, backed up with a good bit of maltiness that isn’t too sweet. Taste is definitely hoppy up front with the pine notes, not quite an assault because of the strong malt presence. Maltiness is slightly sweet, but not too much. Dryish finish, and decently balanced. Pretty hefty; thicker to medium; nice subtle carbonation. Really nice drinking, bit of warming alcohol slides in
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Haven’t enjoyed a good Stone brew in a while, so we were really looking forward to this one. Pour a gorgeous dark red-orange, hazy, with a thick creamy almond head that retains until the finish and leaves ropy lace all the way down the glass. It looks like perfection in a glass. Aroma is very rich and toasty, lots of sweet malt and spicy fruity hops. Very enticing! Flavours of burnt toffee (crust of creme brulee), tangerine peel, resin, subtle sweet spices. Chewy and full-bodied. Awesome bitter finish. LOVED IT!
johnbuck100 (226) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brew, heavy on roasty flavors well-balanced by bitterness of malts. Very full flavor, leaves one’s mouth a bit numb with hops. I bit heavy for memorial day but I am not complaining!
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark amber burgundy color with a light tan head. Strong hoppy aroma. Fresh grass and pine with a hint of malts poking through here and there. Nice lacing. Balanced flavor that I think leans more to the hop side. Medium bodied malty smoothness is covered by carbonation, spices and sharp citrus. Finishes all hops, harsh, slightly bitter, hangs in the back of the throat. A well done blend of malts and hops, a little more hops that I would prefer though.
jkwalking05 (3395) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown in color with a large off-white head. Aroma is of pine, grass, and hops. Taste is of hops, lightly roasted malt, and pine.