slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Dark; malty all-day, yet hoppy all-week. Taste is bitter, for sure, but backboned in malts. The best ying/yang all year.
merc7186 (1997) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Earthy Malts, Mildly Boozy
Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head, Mild Lacing
Taste: Dirty Earthy Malts, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Drying
ThirstyBird (1486) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted @ RBBSG II, Courtesy of ajax25g. Pours a super dark brown with a small tan head. the smell is sweet dark malt, molasses, coffee. The taste is ;iconic, molasses, dry char, wood, finishing dry. Medium body with active carbonation. Decent charred beer.
Jow (2017) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Amfo. Pours deep dark brown. Nose is dark fruits, peat, earth, and molasses. Tastes of pine, plums, molasses, peat, mushrooms, chocolate, resin, and all sorts of things that you may find in a basement. A lot going on but pleasant. Alcohol is there and this is nice for a cold evening glad I drank before spring.
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown body with almost no light getting through at all, with a two centimetre tall rich chocolatey brown head. Aroma of smoked peat, oats, nuts, oak, alcohol, pit fruits, milk chocolate and even some wormwood. Full-bodied; Dense rich malty mouthful with a pungent brandy, cognac and alcohol burn at first then fading to a subdued smoked peat note, a little mushrooms and a hint of spices, but mostly malt. Aftertaste shows some sweetness, a little bit of pit fruits and caramel and a lot more malt with alcohol. Overall, a nice and refined beer that is more complex than I initially thought, and finally showing a Stone beer worthy of a good score! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 04-June-2012 for US$7.25 sampled at home in Washington on the opening night of the Sochi Olympics in Russia for Rating #4400 on 07-February-2014.
Ferris (3081) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Chocolate and nutty notes with a ton of booze. Almost like a liquor chocolate. Jet brown with a brown head. Malty syrup, chocolate and booze. I was hoping for so much more but this is a bit of a mess of flavors and not very good.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Now close to a year and a half old, let’s see what it turned into.
Pours black with a three finger tan head (aggressive pour). Good lacing, thick but not as dark as an imperial stout.
Smell juicy, roasty, sweet. Very hard to pin down, combination of American Strong Ale, Barleywine, and Imperial Stout. Roast and nut, red fruit.
Taste is roasty toffee, burnt sugar, caramel, fruit. Pretty sweet.
Very full bodied.
Less of a clusterfuck then when it was fresh, but still think there’s a lot going on, not sure if I’m a fan.
maley1 (745) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of malts, toffee, fruits and hops. Taste of roasted malts, toffee, dark heavy chocolate, hint of vanilla and tons of hops but not bitter at all, sweetness probably masking the bitter finish. Lower carbonation, full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Good beer.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with an thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big toffee malts and citrus hops. The taste is toffee, raisin, chocolate, big spicy, citrus hops. Medium-full bodied, lingering bitterness, booze.
DiarmaidBHK (3387) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from unnknown place. Pours coca cola brown with an inch of khaki foam. Doesn’t leave much lacing. Dark fruits on the nose. Lots of raisin and brown sugar On the tongue. Finish lingers a bit. Hides it’s alcohol well. Solid but not spectacular.
50belair (2178) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown pour with a mocha head. Malty aromas. Good body with a decent mouthfeel. 15 or so months of aging and this bad boy still has plenty of hoppy bitterness. Beginning to almost take center stage are rich grain and malty notes. Hints of baker’s chocolate. It’s a little muddled and somewhat void of complex flavors. Wonder how this will be in another 3 years or so?