TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I liked this beer, sort of...great aroma from the massive dry-hopping...everything else is just okay for me...Tastes very much like a homebrew I made, and I don’t mean that as a compliment........................................
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is strong of C hops, not much else. But very clean nose.
Pours a super deep red, espresso colored when not held up to light.
Taste is slightly chocolaty, very smooth and not overly sweet, not dry, creamy, bitter hops on the back end. Hops really shine on the nose on this one, less so much on the palate.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark red/garnet pour with light tan head, excellent retention and average looking lace. Nose is pine hops and some citrus fruit. Definite DIPA characteristics on the aroma. This one is bitter all the way through with some roasted malt and biscuit kicking in a little past the middle finishing dry and, you guessed it, bitter. Medium body with moderately high carbonation, slightly warm at the end. Decent beer overall, definitely a sipper.
dmac (4958) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits RB. Pours a deep dark red with a huge rocky beige head that leaves some decent lace and has nice lasting power as well. Aroma is a combo of citrus and pineapple hops, slight pine and caramel and amber malts. The first sip left my palate rocked by all the hops like a rookie taking a hard right hook from Tyson. The bitterness was awesome but sadly being a hop head my palate quickly shook it off within just a few sips. Medium/full cremy body rounds out this one very nicely. The flavor is citrus rind, alcohol, biscuit, slight caramel. The pumped up bitterness of this one is sort of like a hot sauce with a super pumped up hottness...it reaches it’s goal but sadly at the sacrifice of a bit of the flavor. Good beer that I will grab again while it’s around but I think if the alcohol and hops were toned down a bit the flavor would improve some.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brownish-red with a large off-white head. Pine resin and grapefruit pith in the aroma, backed by juicy amber malt. A malty sweetness lasts for about a second on the tip of the tongue before a huge hoppiness that nearly paralyzes the back of the mouth. The hop flavor is interesting: less soft citrus and more grapefruit rind astringency than in most Stone brews. Might be Simcoes. Well-made and quite good, but not really my style of hoppiness.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep reddish color with about half an inch of head that is staying around for me very nicely. On the nose I am getting some pine, slight citrus with floral hop aromas in there as well. I love the red on this guy! Full bodied, but to me very sessionable still especially at 9.5%. On the palate I am getting pine notes up front, but quickly fading into strong hops. One thing I am seeing though as I am having a few more sips of this guy is that almost the malt is subduing the hops a bit to balance it out more. I have to say the bitterness is truly almost a bitter sweet to me. Once again Stone does it again. You guys rock with another kick ass anniversary beer!
p00lshark95 (3) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shoprite Hoboken NJ. Bottled. Very nice nose. Pine mixed with cherries and chocolate. Nice head. Very hoppy, although the malts bring out enough sweetness to balanced and contrast the bitterness. Taste is same as the nose just a tad bit sweeter than i would have thought from the aroma. Good Beer!
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep dark cranberry red color, clear, with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is hugely hoppy with resin, pine and peppery notes. Taste is big, bitter citrus hops with some spicy, leafy hops notes also. Big malty notes also with toffee, honey, and faint tropical, berry and dark fruit notes. Light boozy alcohol notes. Full bodied and the bitterness really lingers on the palate in a nice way.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a cloudy mahogany with a big light tan head. When I popped the cap I got a big hit of sweet pine when I put my nose to the glass I got the pine with some honey and malt,caramel and sweet chocolate and dark cherries. Flavor, had a time with this the 1st few sips I thought this isn’t that good but I stuck to it. The alcohol took away a lot from this the sweet pine was not there but it’s bitter cousin was there, could not get any honey or chocolate. the aroma and the buzz was worth the 6.99 I spent
cheap (4751) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at the Bocktown. nice place. Dark but not opaque. Smell is very hoppy strong. Bitter and lasting taste impressions. Turpentine oily spring spruce sap. Decent carbonation for the amount of hops. Finish is long lasting bitter medicine. wew, more like an IIPA.