patricks110 (1969) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather interesting and innovative. Pours a purely opaque black with a thin tan head and a frothy look. The aroma is roasted well with notes of chocolate and espresso along with the spicy rye notes. Dulcet malts in the middle with light sweetness and a rich but smooth profile. Vanilla and chocolate are subtle. The finish is a tad bitter with a smooth, crispness. Overall, a great brew.
Slubgob (216) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m torn about how to rate this. From the standpoint of a kolshch, it’s got very little in common with the style beyond a fairly light mouthfeel. Putting aside kolsch expectations and taking it as a beer, it’s pretty enjoyable -- probably closer to a black IPA. Let’s got with the later. Pours a very dark, nearly black brown from a bomber into a tuip. Nose is bready, slightly yeasty and roasted malts -- smells like porter. Taste is lighter than expected from the nose, light and bouncy, with an expected Stone hops bite. Finishes with lingering hops and a return of roasted malts. Overall, a black IPA-porter blend.
UXO (713) - CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear brown with a short tan head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is mild roasty malts, faint rye and coffee. (4/10) Taste is low sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Light to medium body, moderate to low carbonation, dry finish. (3/5)
Kölsch? How the hell is this a Kölsch? This looks, smells, and drinks like an extremely mild schwarzbier. The only characteristics it shares with a Kölsch are that it’s wet with relatively low ABV. I mean, seriously, rated as a Kölsch, it’s pretty much a zero. I dunno, guess I have to rate it on its own merits, instead of as a Kölsch. Even on its own merits, though, it’s probably the worst Stone beer I’ve ever had. (10/20)
reebtogi (4621) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours a deep brown color with a finger of light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is mild coffee with some chocolate and light roasted grains. Taste is a mild coffee and roasted grain bitterness with some spiciness from the rye and a chocolate malty sweetness. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. This is a unique and interesting brew that is balanced and tastes good.
UncleKorm (1037) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle poured a deep dark brown hue w/ a medium tan thick frothy head and minimal lacing. A light smoky aroma, initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are medium roasted malts, light coffee, light chocolate, and dark toast. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation.
BeerFunGuy (829) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This dark black beer has a smokey roasted coffee bean aroma. It has a smooth coffee start big middle and smoothed out again at the finish. It leaves a mild taste in your mouth which isn't overpowering.
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blipp (6722) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours deep brown, near black, with an off white head. Moderate roasted and rye malts, mild bitterness, light chocolate-like notes, some toasty notes, and an earthy bitter finish. Not bad.
airrick2003 (657) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: this is a supremely black beer, I'm not getting much color even around the edges, pours with a medium tan head that settles with low density
Aroma: strong coffee, some hints of bread and yeast, peanut butter, smells good
Taste: coffee bitterness, strong bitter finish as well,
Palate: very full and frothy mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste, medium mouthfeel
Overall: if I didn't know better I would think this was a big beer, very nice aroma and very strong bitterness in the mouth, tastes more like a stout with a bit more of a full mouthfeel, the kolsch shows in the mouthfeel and much less so in the hints of bread in the aroma
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Strykzone (5391) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. This pours almost black with a tan head. That head never leaves but doesn’t really stick to the glass a lot. Aroma is grain with cocoa. Rye. The flavor brings those flavors. It has a lager feel to it. The sharp edges are taken away and are muted. Perhaps they are muted too much. This seems to have some really nice flavors that are trying to get out but just can’t. I taste citrus throughout. A bitterness that Ron called raspberries could be zest. Later a hint of tobacco emerged. This has a really nice rich smooth feel to it. This would be a great intro to craft beer. Those who say they don’t like "dark beers" should try this. It is completely inoffensive. Flavors are nice and not overdone at all. This is very unique and original. Kudos! I do wish it had more flavor but everything in here was good.
hayduke (3583) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours a rich dark brown with a long lasting tan head. Nose is something like a Schwarzbier. Nothing like a Kolsch. Medium in body. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate, rye, and hint of raspberry in the finish. Touch of tobacco appear as it warms. This is a very unique beer and part of the fun with this one is trying to suss out the subtle flavors under the surface. Interesting and enjoyable beer.