SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was deep brown in color with a fluffy tan to brown head that retained better than I would have thought. The nose gives off aromas of citrus, chocolate, dark caramel and spice. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and comes off light on its feet. There are nice dark roasted malt and coffee flavors in the mouth that finish with some enjoyable bitterness.
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was great! It pours a dark color with tan head. Sweet hop smells. Perfect balance of flavors. Overall great.
bigtaster (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 Pours black with beige head. Bitter hop aroma with big roasted malt. Nice smooth taste with a warming mouth feel. Hits with smooth bitter surge digging in throughout the experience. Some dark roast flavors also prevail with smoke and light java. Thought it was going to be a reiteration of double bastard but It isn’t. Great beer!
drjay44 (3409) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Pours a darkish long lasting head, multiple layers in the nose, wonderful dark color, excellent heavy mouth feel, good complex bitterness on the lingering finish. Reminds me of some iterations of a Russian Imperial Stout.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Hitting this up for a rerate after being re released 2010. nice heavy dark pour with a thick one finger coating head that retained very well. aroma again has that wonderful dry hop under the base beer. flavor gets good and chewy, bitter stone hops, citrus peel, and a heavy malted base. you get the drying and hops of an iipa but there is this big dark chewy beer it is mingling with. I even poured this into the same trappist glass from the original rating to see how well I had done early on in the rating and the rating was pretty accurate and I still think this is a really nice beer.
22 oz bottle labeled September 2007 poured into a trappist glass has a dark brown color with a half inch tan head that fell to a ring in the glass. aroma is full of dark thick malts with a back round sweet citrus hop that has held up well for a year old bottle. brown sugar, honey, and dark fruit round things out. mouth feel is medium with a bit of carbonation. flavor hits up the bitter hops as well as citrus. plenty of dark malt with brown sugar sweetness and light roast. finish has some alcohol heat and some lingering hop bitters. this is a dark malted beer combined with a sweet hop beer and the flavors all blend well.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 A rerate after opening a Sept 07 original 11th anniversary. Pours a dark dark reddish brown almost black with a nice thick tan head - looks like a porter or stout. But no its definitely an IPA, the aroma is incredible sweet roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and tons of fruity hops (grapefruit, apples) - a surprise given the appearance. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, dark fruit, and tons of fruity hops throughout to balance it out in the finish. This is an amazing beer...Has aged very well, will wait another year to open my last of the original - but thank you Stone for making it a regular!
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
extremely dark red pour, almost black, with a solid head. Hops were blatantly evident on the nose- floral, citrus and pine were wonderfully aggressive. Powerful hops continue in the flavor, but well placed against some malt characters in the background. excellent beer.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG on tap. Deep, dark brew with a dense, creamy head. Strong smell with hints of licorice. A formidible ale.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with a moderate head
barley wine esque aroma with dark cherries and candied sugar
bitter stout like with tons of hops
monkeygirl (8) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours chocolate chip brown with a big tan head; good lacing. The aroma is pear, apple and brown sugar. The flavor is hoppy yet refreshing, with light espresso, light alcohol, and honey. This has a subtle bitter finish.