larsga (5962) - 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.)
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, 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.
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a grainy and quite opaque dark muddy brown. It has a gorgeous thick disc of creamy tan mousse on top, but watching the dirty surge of carbonation during the pour, itís a face only a beer nerd could love. Lesser mortals would start to feel burpy and bloated just at the sight of the thing. Nice big sweet herbal/piney hops on the nose, almost a bright basil note in with the distinct tree-like notes. Thick, creamy body with plenty of tingling carb. Great body. Still tons of herbal/piney hops there on the mid-palate. Yes, Stone, there are toffee and sweet doughy malt notes on the mid-palate, but theyíre under a serious pine-hop tsunami. Things start getting really resinous near the end, and thereís a long resiny finish after this stuff heads for the gullet. Iíd like to point out that I had one bomber of this stuff and woke up snoring with my mouth closed last night, tilted over on the couch. Iím kinda surprised I didnít see little bluebirds twirling around my head before I toppled over. This beer hits you like the depraved love child of Mike Tyson and a winged gargoyle.
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 crŤme 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. Iíve 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.
KyotoLefty (5903) - 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.
phaleslu (5869) - 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.
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My 3300th rating!
Bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy amber-red with an average size frothy tan head. Nice aroma of resiny, piney hops along with caramel malt and tropical fruit. Flavour of caramel malt and lots of earthy, resiny hops along with fruit and a very bitter finish. Some alcohol but itís reasonably well hidden. Medium bodied. Fantastic stuff!
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Reddish deep amber hue with a initial fluffy off-white head that does fade leaving good lace in itís wake. The aroma smacks of crystal malt and caramel accompanied by pine needles resiny and slightly citric hops, pepper and clove with a touch of juniper. moderate alcoholic vapours as well. The taste is ripe acidic fruits, pungent earthy hop bitterness crossed with rich sweet malts. It attempts to be balanced but is still a hop attack for the most part. The hop spice finish added complexity. The mouth feel is lightly sticky, warming and aggressive around the edges. While hardly original anymore, I still quite enjoy these hopped up "darker ales". The line between DIPA and American Strong is quite blurred... or is that the alcohol? ;-)
arminjewell (5717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, 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.
blipp (5679) - 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.