coachd (381) - Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Friar Tuck’s poured into a pint glass. Aroma is sweet, heavy malt and light honey up front with a mixture of faint pine and grapefruit hops afterward. Pleasant aroma, but I thought it would be stronger. Pours out a beautiful bright golden color. The only thing that keeps it from being a 5 on appearance is the huge foamy head which should be smaller for such a strong beer. Leaves some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Taste is bitter, but in a good way. The malt sweetness stands up to it at first, but gives up quickly and the aftertaste is all hops. I am not finding it to be that much hoppier than Ruination, despite the higher IBU’s. Some alcohol burn, which I don’t mind at all. If it weren’t for the alcohol, this beer would be a one dimensional hop bomb. Palate is smooth, not overly carbonated. Definitely a sipper, it will take me a while to finish this bottle. Overall, I liked it but there are other strong Imperial IPA’s that I like more. Good, not great. It is reasonably priced; Kudos to Stone because they could have jacked up the price due to its high ABV and being an anniversary release.
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kris Wines, Holloway. Honey coloured pour with a white head. Tons of citrus, tropical fruit, pepper spice, light herb and sacks of hops in the nose. Shed loads of citrus, sweet fruit, spice, caramel and bitter hops in the flavour. Warming alcohol, caresses the gullet. Huge hop finish. Lovely stuff!
Gerbeer (2569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a deep copper color with moderate head. Aromas of candied fruit, dough, sweet malts, and light pine. Flavors of toffee, grapefruit, pine, dry candied fruit and more sweet malts. Light bitter finish. Great stuff
varanid99 (760) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, orange/red pour with a thin white head, which dissipates fairly quickly. Grapefruit, piney, malt aromas, a bit tropical too. Taste is big, caramel with loads of pine, resin, grapefruit, a huge whack of bitterness, boozy warmth, a little sweetness, that bitterness and booze carries right through. Like a pleasant punch in the face.
flying_pig (1251) - SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
200ml at Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow (£4.40):
Another excellent Stone IPA with tonnes of bitterness balanced against sweet malts & sticky caramel flavours. A complex beer with a nice array of hop flavours & bitterness coming through on top of a full body that was easy to drink despite the strong alcohol content.
cheap (4753) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2015
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Darker pale beer. IPA smell with a slight amount of BO. Creamy head. Rototiller from the start. Plows across my buds. Rude palate. Mouth coating. Wrecks al my taste senses. Just too much for me, wew. So many ABV for such a little price. Yucky, I think I’m getting dizzy near the end.
Cousin_Larry (704) - - NOV 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice citrus aroma. Poured with a nice head into a snifter. Nice IIPA flavor - buttery citrus.
Sigmund (5987) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one on tap, after the Stone Enjoy By 31-10-15, at Ernie´s Tin Bar, Petaluma - and I was about ready for anything. Powerfully and aggressively hopped throughout, but still kind of balanced by the rich and fairly sweet malty base. Good stuff - when you´re ready for it.
seymour (1750) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Shared from a brown bomber bottle into a snifter glass. It poured a slightly hazy golden colour with white foam and lace. Belgian Tripel traits—grainy with heightened pepper and clove yeast phenols— but sticky sweet with unpleasant alcoholic heat. The larger-than-life, dank, grapefruity American hops didn’t help matters, in my opinion. Mushy, syrupy mouthfeel, not well-attenuated nor well-balanced. Disliked it, didn’t even finish the bottle. I sure don’t know how this get such high ratings.
TychoJames (704) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska i new york. Eldorange kulör. Smutsvitt skum. Krafull doft. Barr, torkad frukt och mandelmassa.
Maltig smak med druva, barr, säd och torkad frukt. Tjock och klibbig munkänsla
FunkyF (595) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska i new york. Mörkt bärnstensfärgad med vitt skum. Söt lite sliskig doft av karamell och frukt. Kryddig och söt. Lite stickig munkänsla.