BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and smokey from a 22 oz bottle this ale is smooth and satisfying. It pored with little to no head and smelled of an alder wood camp fire. Has a lasting flavor that is quite remarkable. I like it.
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber color out of the bottle with a short lived beige head. Sharp pine and hop resin nose. Big malty beer with tons of bitter hop resin, pine, grapefruit juice, caramel and a really nice alcohol bloom. This is a big, chewy hoppy beer, as you would expect from Stone.
Kroney (143) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque reddish brown. Aroma is toffee malt with some pine and alcohol. Flavor is mostly malt at the beginning, then some alcohol and finishes with a nice bitter presence, then some anise, and dried stone fruit. Very good beer.
wxman (1340) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear dark garnet color with a substantial light tan/yellow head. Aroma is dark fruit and hop flowers. Taste is robust, thick sweet roasted caramel malts, some dried dark fruit and plenty of hop bitterness adding a little citrus character. Strong American ale? Why not, but it seems to be more like a dark IIPA. Good stuff!
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice looking clear amber with a fat, soapy, tan head. Head retention is better than average with some spiderwebbing around the edge of the glass. Toffee, grass, orange peel, and sweet lemon on the nose. The mouthfeel is wet, smooth, full, but lacking carbonation sting. There’s a less offensive hop presence in this concoction than is normal for Stone. In fact, it might even be described as drinkable. I note a lot of pine and a little orange. There’s some balance. But, I’m not sure with what. The finish, however, delivers that familiar Stone hop hot sensation and bitterness. Not horrible, but I’ve been duped by Stone, once again. I really want to try one that knocks my socks off.
Mittenator (1093) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Crunchy’s (from backlog). Dark pour with pine, dirt, hop, caramel and malt aromas. Definitely a lot going on in aroma and flavor they just didn’t blend as well as I would have liked.
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Had this for the first time exactly 1 year ago in Kalamazoo. Had never heard of it. Brought one back after visiting the Stone World Bistro in November. Then saw it locally in a liquor store. Medicinal aroma. Dark amber with floatillas. Dark chocolate malt and a nice hop finish. Really outstanding.
mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber pour that I actually had after the bottle "best by date" - I didn’t expect such a short timeframe for a strong ale, but I guess the brewer doesn’t want the hops to fame too much...
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet Candi and citrus present on the nose. Caramel, citrus, oak and some resin. Great balance with typical stone hopiness. Nice beer
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Pours a murky copper with a white head of foam. Aroma is oaky and earthy hoppy bitterness. Tastes earthy and nearly sweet with a touch of bitterness lingering in the finish.