sebletitje (6226) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours copper, thick beige head.
aroma is hoppy, fruits; grapefruit.
flavor, some light spicy hops, caramel, malts. Overall profile had plenty of hops though the beer wasn’t overly bitter.
crossovert (6087) - 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.
DuffMan (6070) - 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!
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
A simple, caustic, astringent hop attack, but that’s probably what they were aiming for. Problem is, I’m not the right kinda target for this. Average aroma for the style, and crude and somewhat unpleasant in the mouth. Passable.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dark mercurichrome with tons of tan lace, aroma is heavy, malty pineapple, flavors are bready malts with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, nice bitter finish
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Rusty amber, deep, dark, coppery hues, moderate to large frothy light beige head, moderate lacing.   Big piney nose, musty citrus peel, hot hops.   Burns the nose a bit.   Fiery, warming, certainly hoppy but not over the top.   A little unbalanced in that the malts aren’t anywhere close to carry the hoppiness.   Thankfully its not overly bitter, but its a little biting.   Yeah, this is not quite the IIPA I was thinking it would be.   I don’t know if Stone knows how to do a hefty IIPA that isn’t lopsided in favor of hops.   I will say its not absolutely biting, so that I am thankful, but beefing up the malts on this would make it such a better beer.   Body and mouthfeel are, you guessed it, average.   Mild for an IIPA.   Damnit, I wanted more body out of this, more malt sweetness to back the citrusy hops.   It does have a bit of sweetness, but its a little acidic.   Bottleworks has Dicks IIPA on tap... I think I need one by the end of the week to cheer me up.   Over-rated.
HogTownHarry (5975) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. At Cole’s, Buffalo. Very dark amber, clear, nice tan head. Simple, lush, resin/cedar hop aroma, plenty of roast malt. The taste - same, intense conifer/resin bitterness, moderate alcohol, scorched caramel malt - aggressive, oh so good - I was very disappointed no bottles, I will be buying several. VERY lively mouthfeel, a real interplay of deep roast and fresh pungent pine/cedar hoppiness in the long linger - solid. Very, very solid.
rosenbergh (5934) - Helsinki, 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.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 In short: A heavily caramelized and mega-hoppy big American beer. Bold, filling, aggressively bitter, yet very drinkable. Superb.
How: Bottle 22oz. A few times. Very fresh a few weeks after the beer release + 4 months old bottle. No real changes.
The look: Partly cloudy ruby body topped by a long-lasting large beige head
In long: Mega-hoppy nose that is resinous and orangy. Taste is intense on all fronts, this is not a session beer. A whole lot of heavily caramelized malts with a slightly viscous sensation so it ends-up feeling like a crème caramel. Very rich. Harsh aggressive bitterness that is resinous, coniferous and with condensed fruit notes (citrus, oranges). A little chalky. Alcohol relatively well hidden. Medium carbonation. What I found remarkable about this beer is how drinkable it is despite being so aggressive. This tastes a bit like a cranked up Arrogant Bastard with extra hops, more so than the Double Bastard. I appreciate an aggressive beer as much as the next guy but I usually get tired of it when I drink a full bomber. I’ve had a few bombers of the Stone 13th so far and always thought it was surprisingly easy to drink despite being brutal. Excellent brutal beer, as aggressive as an underfed Bengal Tiger with a live duck stuck up its ass. Which I assume is very aggressive.
larsga (5890) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body. Spicy citric oily aroma with earthy notes. Bittersweet earthy spicy linoleum taste with resiny orangey notes. Mid-bodied. Sharp, hot mouthfeel. Dry-bitter resiny oily spicy aftertaste with earthy herbal notes. A bit too sharp and busy. (0.65l bottle shared by gr0ve.)