MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Irishboy, thanks Richard! Pours deep, deep brown letting some light in around the edges. The head is toffee coloured, frothy, and I like how long it lasted in my Stone IPA glass. This beer shows aromas of fresh hop flowers, coffee beans, vanilla, grapefruit, and some smokey, dark chocolate. The flavour profile is uniquely Stone’s. There’s a hop/grapefruit/citrus component leading into a porter like dark chocolate/coffee middle. It is also quite roasty with just a small amount of toffee sweetness towards the end. The finish is chalky, astringent, dry. Coffee bean, hoppy lingering aftertaste with an espresso bitterness. Quite a treat. Thanks for sending this my way Richard!
alobar (3222) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and hops to the nose. Very complex balance of hops and citrus with some malts. Never seen an IPA this color. Would love to have another one!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Alaskanwarren, shared wtih Fin, Loz and Traci at our American beer tasting night. Deep brown, light tan head with that oil-on-water shine. Dark chocolate and grapefruit aroma, olive brine/tide pool, mineral, vanilla. First sip is all pine tree--resiny, aggressive bitterness. Then other nice things emerge: vanilla, rainsins, coffee. Traci says warm cola. A bit of chocolate as things settle. Really inventive beer, pulled off with a deft touch. Thanks BW!
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tom’s UGT Pt. 2.
Thick dark brown with a good beige head. Thick resinous hoppage with an excellent malty backbone. You really wouldn’t think grass and chocolate can mix but here they really do. The dark malt and the characteristic Stone hop profile blend seemlessly and the end result is something rather unique. Hard to describe, very enjoyable to drink. It’s always nice to try something different.
Fin (8703) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Casey, Tracey and Loz at a great American tasting evening 11-04-08 hosted by Casey and Tracey, cheers mate! Dark chesnut colour and with a great aroma that appears to combine both citrus and chocolate, a bit Terry’s chocolate orange maybe. Tiny light bubbly tan head and the aroma changes with each swish some iodine and seaweed, bit crablike sounds bizarre but its actually really rather nice. Taste hits with a thrusting bitterness and good citrus burst carried along by noticeable alcohol presence, some lovely roasted flavours not so hoppy as I expected, numbs the tongue very slightly, enjoyable.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a clear black/mahogany color with 2 finger beige head and spotty lacing. Nose is roasted malt and floral citrus hops. Palate is grapefruit, some roasted coffee beans and slight bitter hops finish. Medium semi-sticky mouth feel. Definitely leans more towards an IPA than an ale. I wish I bought more when this came out. Tasty stuff.
fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black IPA, fruity/cofee aroma, deep roasted flavors, very bitter...dark amber hue with tan foamy head
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is from a bottle that I tried when this just came out....
great citrusy and resinous hop aroma and great roasted not burnt malt flavors....super balanced..and great....wish this was a year around release!
BuckeyeSammy (574) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, ruby highlight. Nice tan head, medium lacing. Roasted coffee , hoppy aroma. Not as full flavored as I expected, although well balenced toffee, coffee and hops. Medium carbonation. Bitter back end. Interesting beer, more bitter hops then I expected. Found this jem at la cav on Coventry.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black-brown pour, ruby highlight and a dense , 2 finger, tan head. Sweet, citrusy aroma with notes of fig, cocoa, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is alcohol, pine, slight citrus and some roastiness and chocolate. Oily, medium-full body with moderate carbonation.