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 itís not a bad thing. Itís just all rather effortless. Big and powerful yet somewhat soft and elegant. Great beer.
KyotoLefty (7112) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the Horse Brass.
Dark brown with a huge red tint and a sliver of lace. Fruity gumball aroma with cherry and chewy malt flavor. Fragrant and complex with huge bitterness coming very late. Iím not usually so impressed by Stone, but this was great.
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)
douglas88 (6795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a bright copper/amber color with a massive beige head and lots of sticky lacing. A strong, sweet aroma; some caramel, rich and fruit hops jump out, and a strong alcohol note that announces this as a young beer. A sweet taste of rich caramel malts, lots of bitter hops dominate early then they give way to the sweet earthy caramel malt. Very nice. Stone is quality.
swoopjones (6629) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#1500!!!!! On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Pours a deep amber. Big piney, resiny, sticky hop aroma. Taste is hop explosion. Big hops are attempted to be tamed by the malts to no avail. Malts add a nice dimension. Wonderfully balanced & a great beer
blipp (6615) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Coles in Buffalo. Pours dark red brown with a beige head. The aroma is way hoppy, with floral and citric notes, as well as some sweet and light roasty malt notes. The flavor is slightly over the top hoppy, with floral and piny notes. Light roasted malts and sweet notes of toffee sit in the background. Very good, but a little too over the top for my taste.
drowland (6591) - Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Proof in a pint glass. Pours dark red with bright red highlights. The aroma is big hops all the way, mainly of the citrusy, pee, and almost sweaty variety. The flavor is big sweet up front with good fresh and citrusy hops, followed by some bitterness.
alexsdad06 (6550) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Danny. Pours a clear deep reddish copper color with a creamy medium sized beige head. The nose has some sweet caramel malts, but is all about the hops. Citrus and floral and pine (Oh my) have me wondering whatís next. The flavor does have a base of the moderately sweet caramel malt, but again the hops take over. Citrus and pine resin add flavor and also lend to the bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky. I enjoyed this (July 09) and will try one again soon for comparison.
slowrunner77 (6545) - 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."
Ernest (6542) - 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 thatís probably what they were aiming for. Problem is, Iím not the right kinda target for this. Average aroma for the style, and crude and somewhat unpleasant in the mouth. Passable.