ryecatcher (1304) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent offering, but kind of runs the gamut on styles. Not sure what this wants to be, but it is reminiscent of porter, Scottish ale and barley wine. Nose of toffee and malt, pours a deep brown with a decent beige head, not much lacing. Sweet and mildly bitter on the palate, syrupy and thick. Roasty and malty, with hints of coffee and caramel. Boozy. Like I said, decent, but not exactly sure what to classify this as.
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted coffee and toffee aromas. Coffee, raisin, peat and smoke. Overall very interesting.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown black with a dusty, light-brown crema head. A combination of smoke, caramel, and hops are found in the aroma. Body is medium-heavy. Flavor contain caramel, resinous bitterness that isn’t exactly smooth, lingers, a bit boozy and hot. Ok, nothing special. Tastes a bit funky to me. I’m beginning to think my tastebuds are changing on me.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a brown color with a one and a quarter finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, and herbal and pine hops. Flavor is toasted malt, light chocolate, and herbal hops. Finish is very smooth and the 11% ABV is well hidden. Medium to full body. A good beer.
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at Jerry’s. Dark mahogany with big, creamy, tan head / Earthy nose of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, and dry hops / Full body, chewy and inky, some sweetness and acidity, with big malts but good hop balance, and very bitter, slightly hot finish / Big flavors of bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee bean, caramel, prune, licorice, and grass / A touch overly bitter (much like a coffee stout) and hot, making for a very aggressive mouthfeel, but the rich body and flavors make for a lot to like.
HonkeyBra (4023) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a syrupy dark brouwn with a small tan head that subsequently fades into a small cloud on top of the beer. Aroma of mollasses, brown sugar, smoked meats. Hops are present in the aroma as well, more lemony and orangey with slight bits of pine. Flavor is very sweet. Tons of sugar, molasses, corn syrup, etc. It even has mild cola twinges. I’m getting a headache from eating it. Oddly, after the rush of sweetness, it hits a strong smokey note, and then parachutes into generic citrus hop bitterness. This is so messy. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel that makes the carbonation a mere afterthought. Powerful and boozy too. Oh, Stone. I wish I could tell you that it’s not you it’s me. Oh, how we’ve grown apart.
gorditoabd (632) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours thick, like a syrupy strong ale monster. Lots of thick white-to-off-white foam at first, the bulk of which fades from 3-4 fingers down to half a finger in a matter of minutes. Color is murky and ranges, based on angle and backlighting, from dark ruby to black. Aroma is thick of malt and grains, surprisingly subdued from a hop and bitterness perspective. Huge bitterness up front in the taste, all dark grains and malt presence, followed by some bitter coffee and just a hint of chocolate. A second sip confirms the overwrought intensity I picked up on in the first taste. The final boozy burn on this monstrosity is pleasing, but it’s also one more facet of a brew that, overall, amounts to overdone. I’ve definitely had, and made, worse, but this thing is just for trying, not for regular drinking...
Ratman197 (12946) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear darkreddish brown with a lasting tan head. roma ofchocolate,roastiness, coffee, earhiness, light fruittiness and a hint of spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of chocolate, roastiness, carmel, earthiness and ligh spice with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
tpb3jd (46) - University Place, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle from MSM Deli: A solid punch of an ale, with strong notes of chocolate, plums, and brandy (at 11% ABV, that brandy taste could be considered a warning). An interesting tributary from the usual Stone line.
aleph (231) - - MAY 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Dark brown pour, off-white head. Toast, malts, vanilla, caramel, hops. Sweet with wet, bitter finish.