Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Beautiful dark red color with a light brown head, could look at it all day, just spectacular. Strong hoppy aroma, very piney with some malty, carameliness in there as well. Very smooth, hoppy, very lingering hopiness with some roastiness as well. Good stuff, kind of in the Arrogant, Double Bastard mold.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of spice, wood, and pine nuts.
taste is strong, spice, malt, hops come out from the back, caramel, and woody, ends thick on the tongue.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark red, nice thick dense head. Big piney, graprefruity aroma, plus I swear I got a note of pineapple, too. Huge sticky, earthy hop note, and a looooong aftertaste. . Some alcohol heat at the finish, as well as a bitter aspirin flavor. As it warms, a nice caramel note emerges. It kinda reminded me of a lot of the Rogue Johnís Locker series American Strong Ales.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This American Strong Ale pours a deep red color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized white rocky foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with some nice citrusy and piney hops. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral, citrusy and piney. Starts with some sweet caramel malts and finish with some very big bitter hops. Nice carbonation. The bitterness seems to grow as you drink. Hides the alcohol well. The hops are well balanced, even if itís a big bitter beer. Definitely a slow sipper, it would be deadly to beer bong this one. Some orange and some more grapefruit start showing up as it warms. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a tan head. Aroma is almost entirely pine with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is dominated by bitterness. Grapefruit runs from beginning to end. There is a decent amount of toasty/caramel malt, but not nearly enough to balance out the huge hop presence. Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth carbonation. Complete hop monster and I have no problem with that.
mjg74 (2457) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 Bomber from Casa De Oro. Super deep amber/ruby in color. Very crisp aroma. Some sweetness and a lot of citrus. Very hopped up. Lots of bitter grapefruit. A decent amount of malt character as well. Good stuff.
2012 rating. Dark fruit like raisin dominate. Getting pretty sweet. Hops are still there, but are really starting to take a back seat. Maybe an old ale sort of taste going on now.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours deep dark mahogany with a one finger beige head that has slick lacing that doesnít really stick. The nose is citrus, pine and caramel. The taste is tart citrus, caramel malt and a big pine bite in the finish that lasts. Medium mouthfeel. Good stuff Ė nice and hoppy and the 9.5 ABV is hidden nicely!
HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, burgundy pour with an offwhite, thick head sitting atop. Citrus aroma with some sugary malts, a bit of cedar. Big hop bite, some pine and a light mintiness. The caramel malts attempt in vain to balance this out. This is a strongly bitter, full bodied, monster of a strong ale. CaryThedude called the arrogant bastard without the arrogance. I guess Itís a tad one dimensional, but you know what youíre getting into when you see stone on the label.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My 200th review. Itís always interesting with Stone. This is more brown than red upon pour - huge lush head that just stays there... Aroma is not overly noticeable - a little piney and hint of caramel. Malt balance is very good for an imperial red - probably the best Iíve had in the styel. Hops are really strong. Doesnít quite have the citrus flavor of a DIPA (which it is not, obviously). Good one, Stone.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: hoppy, piney. Appearance: dark amber, almost brownish, medium beige head. Flavor: wow. big hops, pine, orange. Hops flavor grows significantly from start to finish. Lingering hops, alcohol heat. Definitely 90-100 IBUs easy. Palate: dry start and just gets dryer toward finish. Overall: If you love big hops this beer is for you.