DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Haven’t enjoyed a good Stone brew in a while, so we were really looking forward to this one. Pour a gorgeous dark red-orange, hazy, with a thick creamy almond head that retains until the finish and leaves ropy lace all the way down the glass. It looks like perfection in a glass. Aroma is very rich and toasty, lots of sweet malt and spicy fruity hops. Very enticing! Flavours of burnt toffee (crust of creme brulee), tangerine peel, resin, subtle sweet spices. Chewy and full-bodied. Awesome bitter finish. LOVED IT!
johnbuck100 (241) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brew, heavy on roasty flavors well-balanced by bitterness of malts. Very full flavor, leaves one’s mouth a bit numb with hops. I bit heavy for memorial day but I am not complaining!
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark amber burgundy color with a light tan head. Strong hoppy aroma. Fresh grass and pine with a hint of malts poking through here and there. Nice lacing. Balanced flavor that I think leans more to the hop side. Medium bodied malty smoothness is covered by carbonation, spices and sharp citrus. Finishes all hops, harsh, slightly bitter, hangs in the back of the throat. A well done blend of malts and hops, a little more hops that I would prefer though.
jkwalking05 (3928) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown in color with a large off-white head. Aroma is of pine, grass, and hops. Taste is of hops, lightly roasted malt, and pine.
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogony color, hoppy with a fruity crispness. Enjoyable in that the finish didn’t disappoint. As with most Stone’s, I enjoyed the hoppiness.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color from the pour with little to no haze, tan head, and overall very handsome beer. Nose has mixed berry & citrus aromas with some light pine. On the palate there’s a wallop of both malty and hop flavors that intermingle well, with some dark fruits, dark chocolate, and uber herbal flavors. Finish is long and herbal sweet.
probstblueribbon (3067) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Brilbeck’s (Syracuse) shared with Lubiere, served cold in a goblet. 14MR10.
App.: Very deep mahogany/brown with a frail, light mocha head.
Aroma: BIG. Tons of molasses, licorice, a touch of brine/soy sauce, vanilla and cocoa notes, dank, piny, woodsy hops, some C-hops, citrus, lovely.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly still.
Flav.: Richer, friendlier malts in a way, lots of dark dried fruits, brown sugar and molasses, the more severe pine/resin/licorice notes are softened nice caramel, licorice, hops in the finish, sweet and quite bitter with some alcohol and harshness.
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone Week sampler at Finnegan’s, Plainfield. Deep brown color, not quite like a porter, more an English brown. Still has a big hoppy nose, but a bit of fruity ale to it. Serving was a bit too cold for the beer, I think, but it still had a lot of hop burn, and more warming alcohol, with more ale esters. After that, the taste has yet more IPA bigness. Almost too much to handle after all the other heavily hopped samples I’ve had.
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought Systembolaget, Malmö.
Pours brown, holding it up in the light, it gets a lovely dark red colour. Relatively large creamy to frothy, beige head. Good duration. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, fruity, peach, grapefruit. Fine chocolate and roasted malts background. Medium carbonation, lovely dryness and fine creaminess. Flavour is rather vinious at first, lots of mild roasted malts, dark chocolate. Heavy dry bitterness in the end. Good piney, light citric, good peach. There is a slight hint of a metallic edge in the dry and warming aftertaste that detracts a bit.
GardenGabe (136) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had not intended opening this on such a bright a sunny day. I bumped it when shifting stuff and when the cap started hissing, I knew that I had no choice. Pour is clear dark reddish-brown with a dense rich tan head. Nose is ginger, molasses and the unmistakable floral hops. Initial sip is rich and coats the mouth and the teeth evenly. Slight sweetness which immediately turns to bitter. As I swallow the bitter subsides again revealing the sweet with bitter finishes. Rolling it around brings out a slight sourness. Rolling it also brings out tar and tobacco. A big beer which I think would have been better on a winter day. Good but I generally like a little better balance, not quit such a tug of war.