piscator34 (1964) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. The opening aromas are weighted towards malt flavors of roast, nuts , and caramel, with the mildly citric hops entering in on the end. Itís a similar story in the mouth with the caramel and roasted notes (along with hints of smoke and leather) taking center stage. The familiar citrusy hops that Stone uses are still there, but Iím surprised how muted, albeit very balanced, they are. Seems more like a brown ale crossed with an IPA to me. A very good beer though, whatever you want to call it.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with firm tan head. Looks like an imperial stout. Nose is full of hops and roasted grains. Flavor was citrus and pine hops, roasted malts, a hint of burned chocolate, and a nice lingering, bitter hop finish. Different and delicious, another good one from Stone.
msiano (35) - Jackson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one the other day.. I have to amitt that i was fully in the bag when I tried this one. (Thanks dmac621)... Nice Pitch-Black color with a nice tan head to match. Kind of a bitter taste at first but it grew on me. Strong roasted malt and Hop flavor. I would like to taste this one again when im sober.
Theis (13389) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bagers (Thanks Sune).Black - white head. Burned, sharp hoppy, schwarzbrot, sweetness, berries, fruity. Very nice - but wierd.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a reddish tint when held to the light. Dense but thinnish, brownish head. Smells like an IPA with some spicy citrus and grass notes. There is a bit of a different kind of sweetness to the nose. I taste everything youíd expect from a good DiPa. Lots of hops and that citrusy bitterness but again, there is something different that hits me in the back of the roof of the mouth. Kind of a malty sweetness that lingers on the finish.
Surprisingly thin and watery smooth. Not that watery is a bad thing just thinner than expected. Coats the mouth a bit. Pretty damn good brew, and Iím very glad to have a black IPA at my disposal now rather than the Port/Liarís Club Black Lie that seemed to be only available on tap.
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with an off-white head and some nice lacings. Light sweetness with lots of bitereness. Very hoppy - pine and resin. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. More an IPA than a stout/porter. Funny combination of colour and taste. Didnít really spot any roast flavors.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of alexanderj, shared with kleyland and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza. Pours a dark brown. Medium sized, light tan head. Aroma of roasted oats. Flavor is really nice, with a good balance between the hops and the roasted malts. Finish is lightly sweet.
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mohogany color; lasting amber head of different sized bubbles. Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee...flavors of amber and dark roasted malts, molassas, big bitter hops, grapefruit rind and other subtle fruits with various sweet and bitter notes. Rich, full bodied, bitter but enticingly flavorful.
ketchepillar (1073) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spilt a bomber between two different glasses: top half into a snifter, bottom half into a trappist. Not sure if it was top vs bottom or snifter vs trappist, but the snifter version was more IIPA like, while the trappist was more Imp Stout like. I was expecting this to be dark, but it was darn near pitch black. Good lacing. Aroma: Grapefruit & earthy/sprucy hops; Dark malts underlying, but they donít jump out at you. Taste: Silky dark malts hit you right away, which are soon pushed aside by citrusy hops. Then in the finish, the malt bitterness and the hop bitterness blend seamlessly together for a very nice effect. In the trappist glass, the malts come through much more in the aroma & finish. It finishes w/ a nice chalky bitter chocolate/coffee combo. The trappist part seemed a bit smoother too, not surprisingly. All in all, I think I preferred the bottom/trappist part.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a fluffy, lacy tan head. Hmm... Looks like a Porter. A bit of dark fruit in the aroma. but otherwise it smells more like an IPA. Sweet taste of molasses, peach and citrus that seems to be where the Porter and the IPA fight it out. Finishes more like a piney IPA with a hint of Porter-ish smoke. This thing is an unusual beast.