HonkeyBra (3370) - 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.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark garnet red with a fizzy tan head. Huge citrus, pine, and resin aroma. Sticky thick oily palate. Big hop oil, grapefruit, slight sugar, and caramel taste with more hops lingering in the finish.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber, long lasting creamy head, clear. Aroma is resiny pine and grapefruit citric hops with a toffee caramel malt component. Flavor matches - sticky malts, bitter hop finish with notes of pine, grapefruit, and faint anise. Not the "fresh" hop flavor I really dig from what I like best from Stone, but a good brew nonetheless. Touch of alcohol on the finish. Might have enough malt to go barleywine with time.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BevMo Redlands..Pours a dark red with a creamy off white head.. Aroma is pine hops and lots of them with a slight caramel sweetness.. Like Bretupdegraff said when this one warms it gets alot better. As it warmed I got alot more of the malty sweetness with citrus hops. Long lasting grapefruit bitterness. Another crazy ass beer from Stone.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum! Aroma is piney, grassy hops. Taste is very hoppy and earthy with a nice malt undertone mix. Well balanced. Gets better as it warms. Drink this one slowly.
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Bullockís in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, though a very darkened reddish-brown body with a frothy, light khaki-colored head.
Smell: Essentially, the nose is generously hoppy with the brash scents from the dry-hopping being very evident. Strong, steadfast notes of grass, citrus pith, and pine. The malts are present, but you have to nasally dig for them as they are buried beneath six feet of hops.
Taste: Initially, it starts off as a malty mix of pale, dark crystal, and the hints of color-correcting chocolate malts with a light sweetness. Though, as the bitterness expands and slowly accumulates on the tongue, it starts turning irrevocably towards the bitter hops. Some noticeable alcohol warmth. Hops present a potent mixture of citrus fruits (with a particular kick of orange oil), distilled pine resin, and fresh-cut natural grasses with a very bold bitterness. Finishes dry with a very long bitterness that rides out well into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Itís big and itís indeed hoppy, but, itís Stone, people, so thatís not much of stretch. Starts as a greedy gulper, but as the hops take hold, it turns into a slow, cautious sipper. A solid anniversary brew, but, sometimes late at night, I wake up longing for their 10th.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a light hazy brown with a thin tanned beige head. Big pine hops with a thick malt backbone. Nice caramel notes, and perhaps even a hint of barleywine-esque plum/dark fruit. A little bit on the thin side of medium. Malty and sweet, but well balanced, finishing with a big grapefruit and quinine bitterness.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours clear very dark red with off white head. Aroma is the best part of this beer. Pure pine and citrus hops. I could smell this all night long. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor needs some time to develop. I only get alcohol dominating. Behind the alcohol is a sweet caramel malt backbone with a dry hop finish (pun intended). This is a solid brew. Reviewers that said this is a homebrew experiment gone bad are idiots. How do they think beer is started in the first place?