Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #35. Pitch black pour with a big tan head. Light malty aroma, very light on the hops really, kind of smells like fish, weird. Mild flavor as well, more muted hops with a light roastiness. (1869)
monkeychugg55 (929) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coffee color with a small light brown head that lasts and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, with all kinds of citrus, pine resin, and a vegetal quality. Some toasty malt with coca and brown sugar. The flavor has a lot of coffee and burnt malts, that clash with the hops. Lingering bitter coffee finish with a lot of residual sweetness and a bit of alcohol warming. Not my cup of tea persay, a little too much in opposite directions.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Wow this stuff is over the top. Super fresh hops--tastes like swallowing frech cones. The hops go horribly with the obver the top roasted-soyish malts. The score on this one is a huge shocker. This over-the-top trend is really getting old.
HughConway (826) - Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Opens with a hefty hop aroma, pours a pitch black with decent head. Taste is rich and thick with a hint of hops. Interesting beer, a bit overdone in all respects imo and not sure how well the hops would age.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Black pour with a tan head, this beer has a hoppy, sticky flavor with some maltiness. The aroma is a bit dusty, and the finish was warming.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle poured into snifter. Dark chocolate color with a brown bubbly head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, malt and hops. Flavor is a little dry with mostly the chocolate playing a nice part on the back end. It didn’t blow me away but it’s still a good solid beer.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, this might be too complex for my simple palate but the hop flavors are greatly subdued with only a touch of hops the finish is roasty and bitter with a massive boozy feel coupled with the huge 3 finger head it’s just a bit overbearing
hirigalzkar (2391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Citrus, mint, coffee and clove notes in the aroma. The taste is very (too) bitter, and therefore quite dry. Notes of coffee beans, dark chocoalte, and bitter herbs.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/22/2011. Served on tap in a snifter at the Stone Tap Takeover at Acre.
The appearance of every Stone beer shows their care and devotion to the craft. Black in color with brown edges and a tan cap, this big American Black Ale retains remarkably well for the ABV and leaves some nice lace down the glass.
The aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, soy sauce, and some piney hops with a touch of ethyl alcohol.
Unfortunately, the taste cannot shed the soy sauce aroma that I got in the nose. Roast coffee and malt go well together with some light sweetness, with a mostly pine hop bill at the end. The salty soy sauce flavor just throws this off too much to give it a good score though. The booze is there the whole time, but it manifests itself in its purest form at the end of the sip.
Moderately creamy and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. Fuller than medium bodied, with an ABV that warms the throat and stomach. Not too sticky or resiny, although both sensations are there.
Not the best I have had. Where that soy sauce flavor came from, I don’t know, but it really distracts from what would otherwise be a pretty good beer.
jsled (28) - South Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
P: 4/5. Perfectly opaque black, good tan head, well supported with lacing.
A: 4/5. luxurious hops. some citrus, but a piney, resiny wonderfulness. no real
F: 6/10. sweet, roasty, alcohol. roast finishes in an astringent twang. unpleasant
balance on the back of the tongue.
M: 2/5. not overly coating, but much residual bitterness, and no residual
sweetness to balance.
O: 6/10. Not quite what I’d like in a BIPA.