BeerFanDan17 (1017) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Four ounce pour at Stone Bistro. Pours a rich brown with a thick head. Good smoke and nutty notes.
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chadje (181) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours a nice dark red with a tan head. Smells a sweet hoppy citrus malty. Tastes sweet hoppy caramel slight malt taste. A very good ale.
spacemonster (84) - Igo, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ridiculous. The only people in it’s fleshly realm are It’s parents or a hybrid of them and older viscosity! Just a great great American Strong Ale!!!!!!!!
gkeh (230) - Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red pour gives way to a tan head. Lacing is present upon sipping. Aroma is onion, garlic, bitter resiny pine notes, alcohol. Taste is caramel malts followed by a wave of tongue-slapping onion/garlic bitterness. Dry finish (surprise, surprise!). Good beer.
bubblehouse (471) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice beer. A bit strong on the back end but I always feeo like I am comparing to their IPA’S.
GIJOE (673) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a warm reddish-brown with a frothy off-white head that lingers a while. Nose is a syrupy caramel toffee with nice boozy notes. Taste is quite bitter with a whole bouquet of hop notes. Rich malt comes through after the hop fades. Full bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Very nice!
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"hops anyone? this one left a dry bitter taste in my mouth for about an hour after it was gone. a smooth blend with the 9% pretty well hidden. a touch of sweet, but this ones all about the huge hops and the oak. not my favorite stone beer, but definitely worthy."
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the pour I got a tall tan head on top of a deep crimson red body. The head is long lasting and makes lots of lacing on the glass. There are deep bitter herbal and resin like pine hop notes over a sweet lightly toasted and caramel like maltiness. The flavor has a deep hop character with resin like pine notes along with some herbal and bitter orange oily notes. This all sets up on a sweet brown sugary and toffee like malty backbone. It also has a very slight hint of earthy woody oak. This adds another nice layer of subtle complexity. The finish has a pleasant hop bitter linger that just hangs on long enough to be interesting and note over stay its welcome. On the palate the mouth feel is medium to full with a slightly oily yet sticky feel and the carbonation is soft but still active.
Bulk_Carrier (2225) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a decent hazy orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing trying to cling but sliding for the most part.
The smell had a nice roasted oaky dried citrus peel (leaning towards orange, maybe lemon).
The taste was sweet and oaky with a tad of bitterness underneath and adding a nice light cocoa in at the end.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it, maybe...? The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me - decent sharpness but also a light smoothness as well.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good strong ale that I would have again.
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-20-12-
S erved on tap in a 10 oz snifter
Appearance – The beer is served a ruby brown color with a big off white head. The head has good retention but fades slowly to leave sticky lacing all on the sides of the glass and nice film on the top of the brew.
Smell – The nose is heavy of pine and a grassy smell. Mixed with these aromas is a sweeter light fruit and some toffee. Rounding out the total smells is a good oaky smell that ties the sweet and hop aromas together nicely.
Taste – The taste starts out heavy of pine hops with a biscuit and oaky taste. As the flavors move on some light fruit flavors come to the tongue. The hop flavors from the start remain just as strong as they were upfront, but are soon joined by a bitter grapefruit and a herbal hop nature. At the end a light citrus flavor come to the tongue along with a boozy flavor to leave an overall hopped green (pine and oak) taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the chewier side with a carbonation level that is a tad light. Both are quite nice for the wide variety of hop flavors experienced in the taste and help each to sit on the tongue and be detected individually.
Overall – A nice variable hop profile flavor in this strong IPA. It has nice transitions and just enough breadiness and sweet to balance the hop and oaky flavors. Definitely one to try.