GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I smiled when I saw how deep almost ruby colored it was. The head had great sustain and linger. I smelled the beast and I was still grinning. The play on malt and hops is nice. Full body and luscious with superb carbonation. This brew is malty sweet with a freshness about it. The hops are defined. The finish lingers. Over the top indeed.
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of pine and cherries. Appearance is dark brown, but with a reddish tint if it is held up to the light. Flavor is bold - a strong malt fruity sweetness up front with a touch of alcohol and an incredibly musty dry finish. Reminds me of a combination of a Belgian Double that has been west coast hopped. Interesting beer, but probably not my favorite Stone offering.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Tops Liquors in Tempe AZ.
Pours a rich dark copper into my dogfish head snifter with a large tan head with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is aromantic hops, resiny pine, caramel malt, grapefruit, pineapple. Flavor is piney resinous citrusy oily hops with a extremely bitter bite being balanced out by a ton of caramel malt.Once the malt loses the battle to the monstrous hops it finishes with a full palate assault of a bitter resiny piney hop finish that lingers.
Hop Torture, and I like it.
Thank you Stone May I have another!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep, clear copper that looks like a dark, opaque brown in the glass. There’s a big, frothy tan head that sticks around as a small cap and leaves decent lacing.
The aroma is massively hopped, dominated mostly by bright, sweet citrus in the form on oranges, tangerines, grapefuits and some oranges. A very bitter hoppy aroma with a bit of malty sweetness if you really look for it, but not much.
The taste is much the same as the aroma and possibly even more hoppy (not necessarily a bad thing). The initial taste is of the citrus hops, especially grapefruit, before a faint malty sweetness makes an attempt to push through the hops. It is ultimately unsuccessful as the finish is scathingly bitter with pine hops providing the most bite.
The mouthfeel is sticky with hop oils and on the fuller side of things as body goes. It’s got plenty of carbonation and generally a fantastic mouthfeel overall.
This is definitely a massively hopped amber. I personally prefer a slightly more balanced hoppy red (e.g. fresh Big Hoppy Monster) where the malts are more of a factor. That said, this is an excellent beer and I’m looking forward to keeping a couple bottles to see what a little time might do to balance things out a little.
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20 oz bomber...6th rating. Pours with a large tan head over a pretty ruby body with tons of citrus and pine hops in the aroma. Some bready caramel as well and a sort of nostril stingy, sticky bitterness/alcoholness. Taste is burnt brown sugar, orange, light alcohol, medium to high bitterness and a long butterscotch finish. Light carbonation and creamy. A excellent imperial red. I am realizing that my Arrogant Bastard inspired homebrew is much closer to this than it is to AB.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 22 oz bomber. Dark ruby red hues with an off white head. Nice citrus aromas with a touch of sweetness. Medium to full body with fairly low carbonation. Mild alcohol warming. Deep sugary caramel maltiness with a strong hoppy bitterness. Super well balanced. Finish is quite dry with a long tasty bitter finish. Very tasty and well executed brew. Definitely a top 3 Imperial Red in my book.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, that I was surprised to find so early in the year at OTM today. Pours rubey amber brown with a nice frothy tan head. Nose is sweet and fruity and hoppy, but also has a lot of fruit loops kind of nose. Taste is sweet, hoppy, rich and nicely balanced with malts. Ain’t no tounge buckler, but its pretty good.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Poured in chimay trappist glass. Pours a dark brown with red hue. with a small beige head. Aroma is citrus and floral hops. Taste is bitter more bitter than double bastard, weaker and more drinkable than ballast point tongue buckler. Finishes bitter and warm. Not Bad i just wish 13 had been a dipa or tripple. Glad i’m able to have a store less than 1/2 a mile that carries new beers.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a deep copper with a small white head that quickly disappears. Notes of piney and citrusy hops (perhaps Simcoe and Centennial?) come through in the nose. The palate is hop-forward, and would benefit from more malt in the latter part of the palate. At the same time, the complexity of the hops was enjoyable. Overall, this was very well-crafted. A nice American strong.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a dark, clear red with a 1/2 inch of tan foam. Leaves a milky lacing as you drink down your beer.
Aroma: A large bouquet of hops, lending a bit of citrus and pine. I also find some sweetness coming to my nose, which I would associate with rock candy sugar or turbinado sugar.
Taste: A mouthful of bitter hops that hits the front and middle of my tongue. While that flavor never quite goes away after the first sip, a trained tongue can get past that part and taste some really sugary malts, and a tad bit of fruitiness. The finish is, again, very bitter and gives off a flavor of warm alcohol. When the beer gets warmer, you get an almost berry twang as well.
Mouthfeel: First a bit astringent, then a little bit creamy. This is definitely thick and heavy, a little coating, but not sticky.
Overall: Very close in relation to Arrogant Bastard Ale from a looks perspective ,close in relation to Double Bastard Ale with its body and mouthfeel, but doesn’t really resemble 10th Anniversary Ale with its hop profile.