Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown color and has a beigh head with good retention and some lacing. Strong hoppy aroma of pine & citrus and notes of grapefruit with light caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Rich and bitter flavor with citrus and piney hops, toasted malts, grapefruit, and notes of caramel and light chocolate with a nice soft carbonation. Medium to full body with a dry and bitter finish
Lothore (595) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours a dark blackish red letting very little light pass through with a tan, 1 finger head.
S- Smell is predominately hoppy with floral characteristics and dark fruit undertones.
T- Taste starts off like a weak stout with coffee and dark flavors followed by a hop bitterness reminiscent of an IPA.
M- Thick and highly carbonated.
D- This is a very drinakble brew, easily sessionable.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown opaque with a thin head. The aroma was apricots and floral hoppiness. The taste hits like a strong IPA followed by a stout. A complex and interesting beer.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to alexsdad06. Dark brown with great big brown head. A lot of rosated malt on the nose, spice and hoppy. Flavor is much the same, with a more malt than I was expecting. The creamy texture is somthing that I always enjoy from Stone’s beers, and this one didn’t let me down. Very nice hints of dried fruit and chocolate towards the finish.
gunnfryd (12395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thx to thewolf. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted, smoked, hop, chocolate, coffee. Flavour is roasted, smoked, hop, coffee, chocolate , fruit . Nice and pleasent beer.
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was black with tan fluffy head, and had a strong aroma. It had a fruity chocolate taste that reminded me of liquorice.
yngwie (15379) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 22oz, thx to thewolf. It pours a clear, dark brown body with a dense beige head on top. It has a lovely aroma with chocolate, coffee, sweetness and dried fruiots, as well as a lovely hop profile with pine, resin and citrus, mostly orange. Chocolate and coffee flavor, rather burnt, with fruity hop flavors, citrus notes, pine and resin. Full, rather dry mouthfeel, and a long, piney and resiny finish with citrus. This is one of those lovely beers with layers and layers of aroma and flavor. The aroma being the best of those though. Nice. (080301)
rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22oz bomber a clear brown-black with a good sized tan head. Nose is a rush of citrus and pine floral hops with a smidgen of toasted bread. The flavor is mostly IPAish with the dominate notes being floral hops, gratefruit, pine resin and some hay. You are also confronted with malty caramel and a small amount of brown sugar and roast coffee or soy. A very different type of black beer. Good drinking with a lingering bitterness on the tongue.
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was enjoyed back-to-back with Double Bastard. Beautiful dark brown, silky looking pour with a big tan head. Hop power dominates the aroma, but there is a dried berry element in the aroma too. Massive hop attack is soothed by the rich dark malt profile, with a terrific figgy fruit softness that makes this pure joy to drink. Fantastic!
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone does another winner. Very interesting beer, because it is stout black, with a comparable head. Big, frothy and tan. Smell is reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard, but with the roasted overtones of the dark malt. Flavor is hops obviously (Stone’s specialty)- but with a rich chocolate malt background that is missing in the bastard series, or ruination series. Bottle was 8 months old when I had it, and I guess it would age well, as that is the suggestion. I’m not sure I would consider this an aging beer (of course, I never keep any around long enough to officially call them "cellared"). I will absolutely make another trip to pick up some more of these. Beers like this (both in quality and style) are not easy to find.