Drake (11499) - 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.
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 [9/5/09] Bottle sample during LCRBM at Kulminator in Antwerp. Clear dep reddish-brown. Aroma of floral, citrusy and piney hops. Flavor starts a bit sweet with some slightly cookie-ish malt, and contiues bitter and resinous. Medium-full body.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep reddish brown color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, floral, with some toasted nuttiness. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
crossovert (11014) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Big 10 pub in Madison. Nice dark brown beer with a small head.
Smells like hops. A little bit of sweetness too.
Taste like hops, hops, and more hops malt is slightly there but not much.
Decent mouthfeel though its pretty strong and not the most drinkable brew.
Another solid hoppy beer from Stone.
Sammy (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle asks you to drink it young, so here we go. A little bit of several styles. Hops up front, citrus c, piney. Also a little roasted barleywine imperial stoutish. A little yeasty, like a Belgian IPA. Neither style overwhelms, it is a great beverage accompaniment with supper as different tastes predominate with each course. Darkish colour with generous head.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: 13th Anniversary Red Ale
Date: June 30, 2009
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: dark red, fine beige head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: huge sweet piney aroma, lots of citrus, breadyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: big sweet malt flavor, caramel sweetness, plenty of sweet pine, touch of yeasty bread, juicy grapefruit rind leaves a lingering earthy bitterness
Overall: juicy fruit red ale
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Date: July 10, 2009
Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, lots of earthy hops, touch of peppery alcohol
Flavor: rich sweet dark caramel flavor, lots of earthy hops, hot caramel with a peppery character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
daknole (10837) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hopheads rejoice!! Pours a nice dark brown/red color. Small head. Aroma is hoppy as hell! Floral and citrus hops. Lots of grass too. Big beer. Hops bite you throughout the beer but there is just enough malt to make this a real treat. Stone does it right...yet again!
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear ruby ale with a mid-sized, off-white head. The aroma offers lots of caramel and earthy hops. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Hoppy as Hell and very warm. The flavor is all about robust toffee, alcohol and an imperious measure of piney, grapefruity hop bitterness. Lengthy, bitter finish. Another arrogant, overbearing, world class IPA from the folks at Stone!
rosenbergh (10000) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle. From Malmö, Sweden.
Dark red colour with small off-white head.
Dark hoppy aroma, very Stone like.
Dark dry hoppy very bitter flavour with dark chocolate, resin and grapefruit.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear, deep red with a one to two finger tan, rocky head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is superb: piney and resiny hops, strawberries, candi sugar, grapefruit. Taste up front is light fruits, crystal malt, and heavy on the strawberries and then moves to some insane bittering hops like Ruination like chewing on pine needles. Finish is extremely dry and bitter but subdues that warming effect of the 9.5% abv. Overall, this is like the Imperial Red version of Ruination and thus awesome.