ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Draught tulip at Sunset Grill on 10/6/07
A clear mahogany-chestnut brown, with plentiful large bubbles in the liquid and a foamy beige head that shows moderate retention, light lacing.
Very fruity nose, with obvious amarillo dominance, which is nice, but as TAR so elegantly notes, it dosent end quite as pleasantly, with tacky, sticky, nose and palate-dulling resin. Just unnecessary, and all it needs is the amarillo hop notes, without all the simcoe bitterness. Chocolate and biscuit malts sort of scratch at the nose, though some stickiness and base malt sugars do keep it fairly substantial. Gets rather peachy-bready on the finish, and conjures up memories of Avery 14....But if you focus on the chocolate and caramel notes and the interesting fruitiness up front, itís passable. No flaws, light alcohol warmth, medium to medium-high strength of aroma.
Sweet and sticky, with gooey caramel sticking all over the palate. Flakes of dry chocolate are added to this and lush, tropical fruits emanate from the hops, growing juicier, to the point of fatigue, on the finsh. Bitterness is never a problem, but it just seems too peachy-sweet and gooey, for lack of a more elegant description. Roast courses through, but combines with a minty hoppiness that just dosent work, in my opinion, showing too much stark, dry contrast to the sweet caramel. Phenolic as well (black pepper). Carbonation is moderate and some butteriness is apparent on the end (not diacetyl) with light alcohol warmth. Eh, itís certainly a step up from Avery 14, but I was far from enamoured.
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark mollassas type color with thick head. Smelled of alcohol and malt with some killer hops. Tasted very good and very strong with a mix of hop textures.
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bottled, consumed on 11/2/07. Cola colored pour, modest tan head with excellent retention and plenty of bubbles. Smoky, piny aroma: reminds me of a robustly hopped porter in the nostrils. Nicely chewy in the mouth. When served cold, hops are assetive in this beer, easily the strongest flavor. There are some faint suggestions of bread and honey mixed in there, but this is a hopheadís brew. As it warms, balance appears, allowing a stronger malt profile to emerge. Reminds of pumpernickel bread or a dash of mocha. Strong as it leaves the mouth with a lasting bitter finish.
thegreat78 (32) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola brown as it poured from the bottle. The head was active and bubbly at first, then settled to a thin mousse; left no lacing on the glass. In the glass, the color was dark brown with some deep red visible against backlighting. The smell is rich with both sweet malt and spicey hops. The mouthfeel was fluffy as though this were a cask-conditioned beer. Interesting! There are definite dark-roasted, slightly burnt notes in the flavor. The burnt malt flavor dominates the hops hops somewhat, so the hops in the smell are stronger than in the flavor. This is a very interesting hybrid style
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to miketd for the bottle. Dark color. Smell of hops, malt, minor citrus, flowers, caramel, pine and cotton candy. Hop dominate most of the aroma. Taste of hops, pine, caramel, malt, brown sugar, flowers and roasted nuts. Very good IPA. Wish it had more grapefruit/citrus taste.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with nice looking tan head. The aroma is fairly big with pine hops, sweet caramelized malts and faint sweet fruitiness. The malty sweetness and mild fruitiness start out the flavor and then the pine hops roll right up and take over. Enjoyable product.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
very dark brown appearance. flavor is huge with a strong sweet malty start that finishes with an equally powerful hop balance. a great balanced taste on a beer that has such powerful components, it even throws in some citrus flavors. the alcohol add the end gives it a perfect depth. a great beer, much better than their 7-7-07 that I recently tried
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle sampled thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a dark brown with a white soapy head. Aroma of caramel and dark malt with pine and citrus hops. Piney earthy hops are the first flavors riding on those bitter coat tails is nutty toasty with a touch of bakers chocolate. Finishes with a lasting earthy bitterness. Interesting beer, Iím glad I got to try this fresh.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a big tan head in a tulip. Smell is quite hoppy and some dark malt notes in there as well. Or maybe that is just my eyes projecting that on what otherwise is very IPA like. Taste is strong, bitter, and hoppy. Some dark roast flavors show up, but mostly what youíd expect from a strong rich heavy IPA. Light alcohol presence, but this is still nicely drinkable.
CelticBrew (748) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, not quite black. Aroma of pines, grapefruit, hops. Flavour is full bodied, hops, grapefruit, malts and pine resins. This beer is smooth, and is IIPA lovers delight. Stone has done it again!