Drake (9999) - 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.
hopscotch (9954) - 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!
hopdog (9537) - 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.
Sammy (9249) - 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.
GT2 (9160) - San Diego County, 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.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a thick sticky tan head. The aroma is loaded with sticky pine cones, resiny hops and a light prickly, peppery bite. Lots of sweet dark malts on the back, but the even there, the hops really dominate this one. Lightly raisiny maltiness with a bit of sweet brown malt as well. Lots of big pine resin. As it warms, the malts come out more, giving a lightly caramelized sweetness on the back of all the piney hoppiness. It’s pretty tasty here.
crossovert (8633) - 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.
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vibrant hop nose: burnt oranges, citrus and caramel, some solvent. Harsh, abrasive and caustic. Corrosive citric acid and spicy/tingly peppers, toasted bread and bran. Highly abrasive and acidic. Messy, unkempt, caustic, ridiculous.
mcberko (8403) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts and citrusy hops. Flavour of molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts, with a nice balance of hops. Delicious.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Coniferous hops thrive within caramelized cereals, surrounded by juicy berries, sculpting a bubbly and bitter American Strong Ale for potency lovers.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the translucent burgundy.
-The hop presence might be over-the-top for some, but it’s beautifully done for those who like this alpha arrogance.
-The finishing bitterness is peppery and resinous.
-Alcohol licks the last half of each sip.
-This ages very well, contrary to what the bottle says. A 2-year-old bottle did quite well; maderization fits perfectly with the chosen malts.