DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/04/07 22 oz. bottle. Very dark, almost opaque mahogany with ruby highlights and a marvelous, enduring, frothy brown head that leaves a fine, sticky lace. Dark roasted, almost burnt, coffee and lots of fresh hops - primarily spruce and grapefruit zest. Medium body and carbonation, some astringency, and a very dry palate. Bitter up front, but with support from dark malty flavors, the grapefruit bitterness coming on stronger into the long, bitter finish. Tasted blind, I would have figured it for a lighter bodied, very dry and hoppy, American style stout. Whatever you want to call it, it’s damn good.
dmac (3528) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, duh!! If you haven’t seen this one in person you won’t believe how dark this IPA is. Someone claims this to be a ASA but it’s more of an IPA or an IIPA. Pours a deep dark black, not Imerial Stout black but a very good looking deep black none the less. Aroma tons of citrus hops coupled with some roasted malts. Flavor.....AWESOME. Highly recommended. Stone please make this again..
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown to near black pour. Small foamy tan head lingers for only a few seconds before vanishing. Aroma hits you with a hop - grapefruit one-two punch. Underneath this is roasty malts, soft caramel and pine oils. Taste continues the assault with more hops, grapefruit juice, pine cones and pine oils, roasty malts and light caramel. Without seeing this beer, I’d think big West Coast IPA. As the taste mellows and the leftovers linger in my mouth I’m tasting bigger fruit notes and not necessarily citrus fruit. Some soft nectarine, and maybe even honeydew along with hints of cherry. Body is medium-full and well rounded. Carbonation is present but not obtuse. Nice overall feel to this one. Ends with more pine oils, grapefruit juice, orange peel, hops, roasty malts, ripe fruits and soft caramel. Very drinkable and tasty West Coast hop bomb!
Braudog (5366) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the cool silk-screened bottle. Poured a deep, deep red-tinged black, with a firm but thin head. This has a big piney aroma of a west coast IPA. And it doesn’t drink too differently either ... slippery with hop oil, pine tar and a chewy dark fruit essence. Stone hits yet another homerun, packaging a big hoppy American beer in a dark wrapping. Exceptional. (#3171, 11/4/2007)
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma of burnt caramel, a touch of soy aroma in there. The appearance of dark, roasted barley, looks a lot like coffee. I do not pick up on the hops as much as I thought I would. Although it is an interesting brew it is not my favorite Stone beer.
TheEpeeist (3053) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark purple brown with creamy tan wisps. Rum-soaked raisins and orange caramel. Begins with a lemon quinine hop bite soon tamed by chocolate and malts. Orange and grapefruit juice reassert adding a bitter kick in the end. Strikes a nice balance, good stuff.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark red brown beer with a beige head. The aroma and taste is light roasted and of peach and heavely hopped. Medium body with a bitter dry finish.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz Bottle. De rigeur aroma of biting Chinook, extrapolated pine resins and dusty floorboards. How predictable. Pours a medium charred mahogany with an even soap of tan. Flavor is an overly humonulous bittering effect, flavor comes as, again, fairly standard Chinook profiles. One dimensional hop character and strained out bitter tea. You would think you might get some unique maltings in the background, but instead you get this reducible sugar tone. Bland and predictable. Clean and dry, whatever. Filtered. Guess who’s the BMC of craft brewing? Not worth the $5.50 or the glass it’s in...
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A whispering hoppy, floral aroma with a little bit of the alcohol content coming through as well. Color is deep dark with a little bit of light creeping through when you hold it up. A thick-as-hell rocky head sits on top and refuses to subside. Flavor is floral hops, making theirselves well known, but its not to overpowering. Balances out nicely with the malt. Man, i love this dark malt and floral hop balance. Roast flavors are somewhat found, and so is the citrus if you dig deep enough. What else can i say? Its dark, floral, and roasty. Unique is an understatement. Once again, Stone impresses!
NephrenKa (27) - Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No light passed through the ebon liquid in my glass; this stuff is a muddy black color, though it tastes little like it looks. The head was surprisingly aggressive, foaming almost malignantly like a soda. Sweetly floral aromas overwhelm an expected rush of hops, with a hint of ginger accompanying the alcohol. I was surprised at how little character the beer had upfront, as I typically expect strong IPA’s to knock me off my feet at the first kiss; but this beast waited a little while before pouncing. The middle flavor was a great, fullmouthed rush of hops, but not overwhelming. Just a pinch of coffee underpins the hops. After swallowing, I could feel the hops flavor ebb and flow not unlike distant cannonfire, while a faint frothy cream lingered on the back of my tongue. Overall, this beer is really damn good. Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste as strong as the 8.2% alcohol, but boy did I feel it after drinking the whole bomber.