Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours deep clear amber with nice tan head. The aroma is full of hops with sweet citrus moving into pine and grassiness and with some sweet maltiness in the background. The taste is much the same with a full base of malty goodness that gets crushed by a boat load of hops. I get pine and grassiness with some citrus in the back mixing with a modest level of malts and a thin layer of caramel. It doesn’t smell or taste like the hoppiest Stone brew. Maybe they meant happiest. IMO there are a couple I thought were hoppier. Maybe it’s my changing palate.
DuffMan (7228) - 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!
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured a lovely shade of clear, deep garnet with a well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of resiny pine and grapefruit over thicker, syrup-ier caramel and molasses.. the base came across as good and juicy. The flavor found was tangy and bitter the whole way through, opening with pine tar and a bit of citrusy tartness.. the same caramel and molasses from the nose provided a sweet base.. pine, grass, floral, and citrusy bitterness washed around the mouth and stuck until well after the finish.. thick, warm, and bitter at the end. Heavier-bodied with too much emphasis on the hoppage.. I dug the way the malts came across, but they were too hard to get ahold of.. still a mighty good brew.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a frothy, well-lacing beige head. Big aroma of fresh resiny grapefruity hops and a good amount of sweet toasty caramel. Starts with good fullness, fine carbonation and rich sweet maltiness well-balanced with juicy grapefruity citrusy flavor hops and pine sap before a drier, crisp bittersweet finish. Very fresh, hoppy and enjoyable. I hope they turn this into an annual brew.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 A Mes rate: bottle BIG thanks to Greg.
Very dark amber with a thin off white film topping. Clearly Stone on the nose. Huge hoppy bigness, some faint but delightful petrol / ethanol in a "oh fuck this is gonna get me drunk" type way. Lots of caramel in the flavour but balanced beautifully with the big bitterness. Surprisingly straight forward. But it’s not a bad thing. It’s just all rather effortless. Big and powerful yet somewhat soft and elegant. Great beer.
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich copper color with a nice tan head. Big summer fruit aroma. Caramel and sumemr fruit flavor with a bit of grapefruit and pine. Good bitterness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel, sumemr fruit, and grapefruti/pine linger. Nice.
phaleslu (7041) - 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.
arminjewell (7036) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starts out hoppy and goes really really bitter and then goes back to a nice hoppy finish. Incredible, hops on top of hops profile.
sebletitje (7029) - 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.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[2428-20090807] 1pt6floz bottle. Grapefruit sweet hops and pips aroma. Clear, red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Tasty evergreen grapefruit flesh flavour with some hops-infused citrus rinds. Medium-full body is very bitter. Super hoppy, super bitter.
(c/o Sean, w/ others)