ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Wonderful rich, hoppy aroma with plenty of heat. Hazy orange with a frothy off white head. Initial mouthfeel is hot (high alcohol). Without having this side by side with the regular Ruination, and having been awhile since I’ve had it, hard to tell what’s different. All I know
Is its awesome like I’d expect from Stone.
beernovice39 (3223) - Montana, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a clear amber/copper with a thick off white head. Scent is hoppy piney and caramel. Taste is pine, citrus and more pine. ABV is hidden.
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a dark honey with a medium tan head and excellent lacing. Enormous aroma of citrus zest with hints of apricot, grapefruit, pine, and coriander that tempts you take the first sip. Taste is hop forward with a huge mouthfeel of palatable bitterness balanced by citrus and a hint of honey on the finish. Wonderfully drinkable despite the ABV with clear improvements that put this on a different level than the traditional Ruination.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tempting aroma and thick orange pour with a great complex taste and a lingering mouthfeel.
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Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark hazy gold color. Great aroma mostly citrus and grapefruit. Not bitter, very sweet with a dry finish. Big body for a DIPA with great carbonation. After drinking the bottle your pallet will be worn out.
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BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma on this is incredible. Very aggressive; pungent grapefruit, mango, papaya, and guava. Quite tropical. Moderate evergreen. Juicy. The flavor is assertive as well, with a lingering alcohol heat. Flavor isn’t as appealing. More pine, less fruit. This one is meant to rip the taste buds right off of your tongue, or make them fall out. Mission accomplished!
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small, off white and creamy head. Aroma is fruity and crisp hoppy. Peachy and smooth grapefruity. Ends dry and crisp hoppy. Bitter and smooth fruity finish.
rougeau13 (2119) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear amber with a soapy eggshell head and light lacing. Aroma of strong citrus and pine, caramel, grass, and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and fruity with a touch of spiciness, and a solid bitterness. It seems less bitter than the regular version to me at first, but beyond the finish, the bitterness lasts forever. Medium-full bodied, dry, and a little tongue numbing. Excellent.
Ernesto987 (4325) - Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome aroma. Very spicy, almost like a rye French oak spice, dense malty body. Not overly bitter
EvanFriend (342) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Disclaimer: Stone Ruination is probably my favorite beer overall. That being said, this is just as good. Heavy, heavy grass and resin hops over a somewhat faint, sweet malt background. The alcohol is noticable but by no means overwhelming. This beer definitely lives up to the Stone Ruination name, I’m impressed.