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.
slowrunner77 (9946) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"big hop-bomb aroma right when i opened the bottle. i knew this was easily Stoneís hoppiest beer coming in, and being that they are my favorite brewer, expectations were sky high. the aroma was fresh hops with a nice sweet malty balance. the color was darker than i expected (slightly darker than OB Gordon) whch is my closest point of comparison. An imperial red all the way. Big body and a huge (surprisingly so) malt flavor to equal the massive hops. great tasty brew all the way around. at least Gordonís equal. More blanced and complex."
DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours turbid deep brownish copper with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is heavy caramel malt, earthy, piney hops, tangerine, feety Simcoey wafts. Tastes rich, caramel malty, with earthy, resiny hops, brown sugary notes, figgy fruit notes. Very complex, very rich and hefty on the tongue, with more late pineapple and tangerine, but a solid malt bill that stays with the hops well. The repour has floaties, and this one finishes like a hybrid IIPA/barleywine. Another very solid effort from Stone, but this one will knock lighweights on their asses and send them crying for their mommas.
djd07 (9748) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy amber with a medium creamy light tan head that lasts awhile leaving good sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is pine, citrus, and light malt. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter hops with caramel and pine. Alcohol present but not too overpowering, a good American strong ale from Stone.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008-08-07. Red brown body with a modest tan head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, leafy, resiny hops. Good amount of bitterness, green leafy hops in the flavour. Supportive malt is muted, but its there. Smooth average plus palate is creamy. Alcohol is less prominent than it could be at 9.5, which is appreciated. Pretty solid. Yumm! Bottle, Shared at Derekís by sstackho
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a light hazy brown with a thin tanned beige head. Big pine hops with a thick malt backbone. Nice caramel notes, and perhaps even a hint of barleywine-esque plum/dark fruit. A little bit on the thin side of medium. Malty and sweet, but well balanced, finishing with a big grapefruit and quinine bitterness.
BVery (9514) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at Toronado. Very deep red-brown pour. Big foamy white head. Aroma is resin, pine, caramel, and hop. Taste is very creamy and malty, caramel and malty. Fantastic.
DuffMan (9499) - 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. Havenít 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!
JorisPPattyn (9392) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep chestnut colour; off-white head, fine, leaving some lace. Dark malts, grapefruit, citrus, bit of strawberry, lupuline. Uneasy bitter-sweet flavour, with a sweetness as from rosewater, mixed with - sorry - horse chestnut or something similar, a weird bitterness. Very slick, near viscous MF, lip-sticking. Strange - Iíve had much better from Stone. I wonder where the bitterness hails from, and Iím missing depth here. And if somebody at Escondido could explain to me what the Dickens the blurb about the colour painting on the bottle means, not to mention a full page of fairy tale, whereas thereís no syllabe on the kind of hops used, PLEASE? Big thanks to both Dirk and Fred W!
phaleslu (9310) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from shawnm213- thanks, Shawn! I cracked this open on a trip while visiting some friends and was surprised at how well-received it was, especially since I opened it later than the bottle recommended (February 2010). Pours a dark brown-orange-gold color, very odd, with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, nuts, toast, earthy hops, pine resin, citrus (mostly grapefruit), and roast. Flavor was a crazy mix of bitter, sweet, alcoholic, nutty, and roasty. All of the above notes were present and the bitterness finished most prominently. Medium-full bodied, with average carbonation. Very interesting beer, and fun to drink and share. Everyone interpreted this a little differently.