hopscotch (10523) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, beige head. The nose is deep-roasted and acrid - charcoal, dark chocolate, pouch tobacco and scorched malts. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and light, airy carbonation. The flavor is a bold, burnt and bitter blend of blackstrap molasses, singed tobacco, espresso and an intense, unsweetened, 97% cacao, chocolate bar. Finishes with a very slow transition from burnt and scorched blackstrap molasses to charcoal and campfire ash. Big-time carbonic, torched bitterness lingers for way too long after each sip. Enjoyable despite essentially being an imperial black IPA.
Bulk_Carrier (3347) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter and a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color ranging close to a black color. There was a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute and a half. The lacing was somewhat clingy and thick.
The smell had a nice blend of roasty sweet espresso beans with a fair amount of milk and dark chocolates.
The taste took those previously mentioned flavors to town and basically had a superb blend all around.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy with not much of a sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation seemed good and came across somewhat smooth and roasty.
Overall, this was a very good offering from Stone, well worthy of having again.
jmgreenuk (6749) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the DTE tasting, Den Haag, courtesy. Den Haag. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt, earthy mineral, coffee. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a smooth big dry roasted coffee liqourice chocolate palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit, fudge and coffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, smooth and lightly roasted.
kilgore84 (4) - San Lorenzo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pitch black color. Nuce tan head. Beautiful coffee aroma. Subtle, but very nice coffee flavor. Good finish.
Abrakarl (398) - SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Of course quality stuff as usual from Stone, but the aroma was a bit weak. Was from 2013 though. Chocolate is perfect with this.
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber 2013- poured into a snifter, inky black and a four finger frothy beige head. Nose- only faint coffee in the nose which is surprising, predominately sweet milk chocolate nose. Taste- much more espresso coming through in taste and actually has a fairly bitter finish between the coffee beans and the hopping. Not too sweet, has nice dark fudge quality with a slight acidity to it. Medium bodied, not cloying at all. very sold.
Superman75 (59) - - JUN 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle, pours a thick white foam, the aroma have a hint of chocolate, very creamy taste with a big hint of coffee
Nicke80 (347) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours black with nice head. Sweet aroma with Chocolate notes. Great taste of roasted coffee and some chocolate. Very nice beer!
XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown with a bubbly tan cap. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses. Taste is a great balance of sweet and bitter. Palate is creamy with a dry finish.