Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, who would think Stone would make a big, crystal malty American Strong with a boatload of, gasp!, resinous hops! I’m shocked! This is definitely a style that they do better than anyone; the flavors are solid and hold together pretty well, it’s drinkable for a big beer. Not all that lively shortly after the pour. But you know what? I just don’t really like the beer. Give me hops, sure, but give them to me in a different vehicle once in a while, or choose some different hops. I’m not trying to be mean here. I need a Smoked Porter to get me through my disappointment.
obguthr (4359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma of grapefruit which overpowers everything else, but the smell of caramel malts are also buried in there. Cloudy brown with a medium yellow head. It tastes of freshly varnished wood. Resinous mouthfeel and excessive alcohol. This beer is a tribute to excess. If that rings your bell, you’ll love it. I prefer balance and moderation.
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark muddy reddish brown with tan head. Smell is hops and malt in a iced tea and toffee way with a bit of booze. Taste is bitter and sweet with hops, grass, resin, tea, & caramel. Body is syrupy and rich. Tastes pretty good fresh, but will likely be sweet and gross in time.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 Brown/dark red. Nice big,khaki,head with lasting retention. Powerful pine cone aroma with minty alcohol and underlying sweet malt. Thick,coating,texture. Upfront citric,and strong,too strong,toffee flavors. Following is mouth coating pine,bitterness and underlying minty,alcohol. Finish is very lingering orange rind,pine and malt. Cold this is all bitterness and alcohol. Warmed up it balances out a bit,but becomes overly sweet,with mouth stinging bitterness. While being overly sweet,the malts also give off a mushy character. I could see how many would like this,I wanted too,but just don’t care for this.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark reddish-brown with a nice light tan head that leaves some light lacing. Clobbering load of pine up front on the nose, followed by mint and toffee. Flavor is roast, coffee, bitter chocolate, some iced tea opposed by tons piney and grapefruit hops. After the alcohol and bitterness have numbed the palate does the sweetness take over. Medium full syrupy body. Big and bruising, somewhat of a chore to drink after a few ounces.
OldGrowth (2845) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from Sam’s Quikstop. Great aroma, sweet, citrus, caramel, little minty / pine. Dark brownish orange color, good head that faded quick. Spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor, citrus and pine. little detergenty astringent taste. Medium body Lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finishAroma was highlight for me, flavor took a turn for the worst, well maybe not worst, but a downturn non the less. Seem kind of thin bodied to me for a big beer....
piscator34 (2036) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Deep red colour with moderate carbonation. Quite malty on the nose with notes of cereal grains, lightly toasted malts, and some unspecific citrus. Bitter, boozy,a nd malty in the mouth, with notes of green grassy hops, pine, crystal malts, and chocolate orange candy. Nothing subtle about this beer. Fairly enjoyable overall, but a bit of a blunt instrument.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed 8/31/2009 (Bottle dated June 2009):
Pours a clearish reddish brown color body, small light tan colored head, somewhat lasting. Malty bitter aroma, hoppy grapefruity. Very bitter, dusty. Malty grapefruity taste, dusty. Good aftertaste, balances the hoppiness up front.
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
well the color on this is great dark amber color with some beige head, nose is resiny hops some caramel malt. flavor is bitter the resin makes it to the flavor some sweetness good beer but not the fav.
Sigmund (5551) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Unfresh aroma, notes of stale marmalade, American caramel malts and American hops. Distinct and bitter flavour of American hops, on a background of caramel malts.