douglas88 (8108) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (8008) - 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 doesnít smell or taste like the hoppiest Stone brew. Maybe they meant happiest. IMO there are a couple I thought were hoppier. Maybe itís my changing palate.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20 oz bomber...6th rating. Pours with a large tan head over a pretty ruby body with tons of citrus and pine hops in the aroma. Some bready caramel as well and a sort of nostril stingy, sticky bitterness/alcoholness. Taste is burnt brown sugar, orange, light alcohol, medium to high bitterness and a long butterscotch finish. Light carbonation and creamy. A excellent imperial red. I am realizing that my Arrogant Bastard inspired homebrew is much closer to this than it is to AB.
blipp (7898) - San Diego, California, 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 (7804) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (7802) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít mean to cause you harm, and i wonít ... pours a dark tan ruby . . decent low head . average lacing . . pretty nice bracing bitterness. . abv is well done . . itís enrico palazzo! . . rusty pine hops, fyoo! thatís an adult beverage for ya!! its a cheers!
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pamplemousse, Salem MA, 22 October 2009. Deep red colour. Nice condition. Complex aroma. Obviously , big resinous hop is in the forefront but it is backed up by plummy fruit, juicy malt and a hint of bitter chocolate. Sweetish initial impact on the palate with powerful, pungent hop attack. Gooseberries and fruity marmalade contribute to the flavour. Developing citric bitterness leads in to a bittersweet, somewhat astringent finish and lingering aftertaste. Full, rich mouthfeel but fresh and vibrant too. However, the alcohol is rather hot and, coupled with the intense bitterness, induces a slightly harsh edge. Might soften out with some time but this is not a beer to age and mellow - the brashness of youth is a key element in its appeal.
Ughsmash (7507) - 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.
after4ever (7411) - 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.
Desverger (7362) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from Bottle - dark brown pour with beige head. aroma and taste is sweet malty, caramel, toffee, nice mouthfeel, decent drop.