tomthompson89 (1838) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW great beer!!! dark almost black, decent tan head nose is hops, especially floral and a good dose of malts, good sweet malts well balanced with citrus and other fine hops alcohol well hidden and a very tasty brew indeed.
BigBeer45 (1173) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bomber bottle, pours very dark almost black, is a dark ruby when viewed against a light, I poured this into a chalice and a tulip, the tulip provided more of a head, a dark tan foamy medium size head that receded and left dark tan bubbled lacings on the glass, aromas of roasted and toasted malt, faint chocolate, hops have fagrances of grass, pine needles, citrus and some faint floral notes, there is some malt caramel and sweetness, lots of piney and citrus hop flavor, malt sweetness, dark roasted malt flavors, caramel, remnants of malt flavor and sweetness are left behind at the finish, malt sweetness really comes out as this warms but stays in its preferable place without being overly strong, mouth feel is somewhat bubbly with carbonation, not overly so, nice on the palate, comes across as a IPA made with roasted malt. I think if you like IPAs and lots of hops you will like this, this is a IPA made with dark malt, I thought the hops overshadowed the malt a little, this was interesting but a different beer is going to be interesting the first time around, this would not spark my palate to want to try again, I prefer Stoneís Arrogant much more than this.
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-A black body with a huge tan head which has an aroma of citrus, hops, and more hops. Taste of hops and roasted malt with a dry biiter finish. Great beer.
wilderthanyou (714) - Guelph, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark dark brown with a lightly sticky beige head. Big grapefruit aroma, with some lighter notes of peach, pineapple and floral hops. The flavour is complex, at first it is sweet and malty, the middle is strong grapefruit, gin, and the finish, is a bit of dark unsweetend chocolate, and more grapefruit, with a touch of toffee spread throughout. There are many more flavours in there, i just canít pin them. A top notch brew from a top notch brewery, Stone has yet to dissapoint me.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Translucent, lucid and chocolate in color with pin popping grey cloisters circling about the head. Aroma rings with chocolate rhubarb with orangey and watermelon like citric hops. Black cherry pipe tobacco hums in the nasal distance with a spiced tangerine caramel concoction on its coattails. Flavor is equally unique and completely assertive. Dry chocolate joins with a bitter, earthy bite and conjures up talc, light cigar wrappings with spicy rye and black cherry intonations. Chalky and totally dry composure makes the mouth its bitch. Itís wonderful. Woodsy, burnt pumpernickel loaves with ruby red grapefruit sweetening it with citric exposure lead into a dry, bitter finish begs more, more, more. Huge thanks to tpkenned for the bomber!
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle
I have had this bottle for a while. After finding out it is not likely to age well I cracked it open. Iím glad I did. It seems to have lost just a little bit based on previous ratings but was still excellent. If this were not a one time release that is not likely to survive more than another year I would buy more. Pick it up in the near future if you can and try it ífreshí.
Aroma / Appearance - A two finger head toned beige surged from the bottle then slowly settled. The body underneath was stoutlike in it fluidity and darkness.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel felt like a black and tan. Plum, chocolate and pine resin played against each other to see which would stand out the most. A lingering bitterness stuck around long after the other flavors had faded. Sticking tenaciously to the throat it took quite a while to subside. Iím not sure how to categorize this but however you do it is exceptional.
Tejas (824) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good balance of roastiness and bitterness. Maybe a tad more bitter though. Little alcohol flavor as it warms up. Tasty! Solid ale for sure that would be good on occassion or on draught.
tomciccateri (938) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - opaque dark brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of hops and malt. Big body, big malty flavor Rich malty flavor with an even dry/sweet balance. Well-blended hops offer great balance. Great complexity with alcohol lurking just below all the friendly flavors.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really good beer. Its sort of a hybrid between a Porter and an IPA.
Beautiful dark color with a tight head that takes forever to fade out.
Smells fairly hoppy but also kind of dark and smoky as well. Very interesting.
Hoppy and smoky. Sounds weird together but thatís the best way I can describe it. Very oily mouthfeel that leads to an extended bitterness at the end. Not unpleasant but doesnít really do anything for the experience either.
I liked the beer and if I can find it, I will be getting this one again. Stone rocks...
bierkoning (9563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Lemon, grapefruit and red berries in the somewhat green aroma, with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Firm oily hopbitter flavor with grapefruit, berries, bitter walnuts and caramel. Some maltiness shimmering through. Long oily hopbitter aftertaste, earthy and woody. Not perfectly balanced, but a very big and tasty beer.
A later tasting @ jbrusís place showed blackcurrant notes, tannines, and assam tea.