Peacehammer (558) - California, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a thick black with two fingers of awesome caramel head. Roasted malty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, chocolatey flavor with some Backend hops and finishing alcohol. Excellent head retention and some mild texture from the oats. The complexity of this beer is amazing.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very close to a black pour with a creamy(almost nitro creamy)tan head. Aroma is loaded with all kinds or malt and hops, some cocoa, roasted nuts, pumpernickel bread. Flavor is malty up front, bready, rye, pumpernickel bread, cocoa, coffee and lots of earthy, grassy hops. The texture of this beer is the best part.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a very deep mahogany color, nearly black, with a moderate, khaki, pillowy head which settles to a very thin layer and leaves tight, frothy lace. The nose is absurdly bland for an 11% beer; roasted grains, coffee roast, dark bread toast, and some burnt caramel. The flavor is a bit better with burnt caramel, some toffee, light coffee roast and roasted grains, and some grapefruit. The palate is nice, nearly full, soft to lively, creamy, and round. The finish is rich with toffee, burnt caramel, lingering grapefruit and slight resin, and a roast note still there. By the finish it actually grew on me but it really never seemed like a 11% beer; it had minimal complexity and had no signs of warmth. Pleasant enough to drink but not very memorable.
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: Poured like a infected or young gusher. Jet black with brown foam flowing like lava from the top and down the sides, literally half the bottle is flowing out. Into the glass it pours sordve thin for a beer this big, big brown cap whch dissipates fastleaving a small brown foam cap and minimal lacing
S: First whiff is dark chocolate, charred wood, burnts marshmellows, funk and light dark fruits with some booze
T: Immediate infected funk presence going on. The phenols in this beer really wreck it; band aids, rubber and medicine. Bitter dark chocolate, burnt marshmellows, caramelized sugar, charred wood. The finish is bitter cocoa, hops, charred and thin. This beer may be a bit to young. It was very gassy and left me belching. There is a very odd burning sensation, like unnatural solvent like burn
M: Big bodied, but it becomes thinner toward the back end of the beer. NOT nearly as hefty and complex as it should be. The gassy, young feel matched with a light funk is just to much to take
O: Either a seriously troubled beer or an infected 22oz hand grenade in the future.
A: Poured a deep, deep brown with a chocolate colored head. The eer gushed once again as I opened the bottle but stopped after a minute or so.
S: Dark bitter chocolates, wood, booze sting, some dark fruits
T: Upfront was an immediate bitter chocolate presence with some sugary sweetness, heat, roastiness. The back end of this beer is rather harsh. Lingering bitterness, sharp persistent booze and bitterness
M: Bigger bodied, harsh on the palate after about three seconds.
O: This beer needs some time to round out and hopefully lose that harshness on the backend
JohnnyJ (3889) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Clear deep dark brown, slightly reddish, with a tan head. Very sugary... lots of residual sugars, some roast, chocolate, raisin, and bitting hop bitterness, citrus, and pine. Also a bit hot from the abv. Itís okay, but I think itís really to young, probably needs some age on it. Right now itís a jumbled mess.
RSRIZZO (1836) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 40į. Color is a dark solid brown with good carbonation and a tight tan head. Aroma is faint with just a touch of sweet malt showing. It has a bold medium body that goes down with a smooth rich mouth feel. Flavor of toffee, chocolate and coffee with a touch of hop spice. In the after taste as the flavors start to fade some dried fruits shows with a hint of alcohol. Overall this brew rocks, big rich flavors that come across with an easy feel.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogany color with a finger of tan head. The nose is sticky and sickly sweet. Some decent hop notes, mostly pine with a little bit of citrus, but just an overwhelming maltiness. A mild chocolate note, too. The flavor is quite sweet, especially as it warms. Very muddled in terms of the flavors, just way too many different malt/sugar notes going on. Lightly phenolic, as well. Not really much in the way of the hops on the palate. Not sure why brewers continue to think this kitchen sink beer idea is a good one.
Enish266 (4) - Poway, California, USA - APR 26, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - boozy with a touch of grassy hops.
A - dark mahogany; a nice blend between brown and black
T - drinks like a heavy, bitter porter and reminds me of Palo Santo Marron. Starts off a little harsh with bittersweet chocolate coating the tongue nicely. The plethora of grains and hops creates a complex beer but the flavors donít quite work and clash with each other.
P - bubbly and carbonation heavy. Personally I think this detracts from my enjoyment of this beer. It helps covers up the heat a bit.
O - I could see some potential with this beer for aging. I prefer to think of it as a not-quite-as-good Stone 15th Anniversary.
poisoneddwarf (1478) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Doughy, malty, coffee, bready nose; licorice comes out as it warms. For a beer containing 13 different hops, itís a bit strange to detect no hop presence. Smells like a stout. Pours almost opaque dark dark brown to black with brown edges; has a medium dissipating beige head that falls into a collar after a minute or two. Taste is very impy stout-ish. Tastes of leather/tobacco, nice and roasty with a touch of smokiness. It starts sweet with a touch of sour but finishes with a lingering bitterness. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel with just-right carbonation and body. From aroma to appearance to taste and palate, this is a Stone imperial stout if I ever tasted it, but I donít see the word stout anywhere on the label. With the touting of all those hops, I thought I was in for another Stone black IPA variation, but instead ended up with something unexpected and better than that: a nice big quality stout.
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Waaaay too sweet. Menthol flavors. Some roastiness. Not sure what the hype is about. This beer is all over the place.