dmac (4045) - 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 itís goal but sadly at the sacrifice of a bit of the flavor. Good beer that I will grab again while itís 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 (8617) - 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 (1067) - 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 isnít that good but I stuck to it. The alcohol took away a lot from this the sweet pine was not there but itís bitter cousin was there, could not get any honey or chocolate. the aroma and the buzz was worth the 6.99 I spent
cheap (4081) - 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.
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love Stone. I bought a case the day it arrived in the store! Big dark pour with nice one finger thick and chewy head. Huge hop aroma. Flavors of sweet malt and toffee that ends with a robust and balanced hop coating and finish. A mild alcohol aftertaste. Great beer, will drink it as long as I can find it.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The thirteenth rater of this beer. Oh boy! Huge nose of pine and citrus, some leafy notes, caramel malts some toffee sweetness as well. Pours a nice reddish amber with a full head. Great looking beer with a cascading head in my thizzle glass. Lots of piney resins up front which moves in to a full caramel sweetness, perhaps a touch of chocolate I thought. The sweetness segues into a agressive citrus bitterness that rounds out the finish. Very fresh tasting, lots of hop flavors and resins. Dry and sticky icky, and almost dangerously drinkable for 9.5%
BarrelRoller (15) - USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another great beer from the "hit" factory. Big,bold,aggressive, just what us SoCal drinkers expect from the Stone brew crew. Hop character is huge but still glimpses of caramel and toffee malt come through. Hop resin lingers on forever....