oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost pitch black pour with a hint of dark red when held up to the light. Two finger beige head after a minute of settling, and beautiful lacing. Upon first whiff, I was blasted with numerous dimentions of hoppy goodness. Citrus, pine, and floral types were all present and mixed into an intoxicating concoction of hop glory. Hops dominate the flavor, but remarkably, balance out the big malt flavors quite nicely. Despite its powerful and agressive flavors, this is very drinkable.
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hybrid stout mixed with an IPA done very well. Rich Burnt malts and hops take the main stage.
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, peach, and a hint of caramel or roasted malt, also a hint of alcohol, very slight though. Nice medium body, very smooth. Flavor is hop dominated, with notes of citrus and caramel, also hints at coffee. Very good.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been waiting a bit to drink this one. Pours deep black with brown head. Aromas of pine, malt, and citrus. Flavors of pine and citrus. Drinks like a regular IPA. I thought it would have different flavors but nope. Stone just keeps impressing me.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours black with a light tan head. Has a nice IPA like aroma of citrus and pine. Head lasts a very long time. Laces the glass as you drink it and has a medium mouthfeel. Tastes like Iím drinking an IPA, but its dark. Has very little roasted flavors and is mostly like drinking an IPA. Very good brew.
Suttree (6010) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Man, Ratebeer needs a "Strong Porter" Category. Has anyone ever brought that up? I should go to the forums right now and say something. Iím sure it will be an insightful, not al all tedious discussion...
Anyway, this is very dark, with a decent brown head. Great aroma of pine, citrus and smoke. Its ratther thin bodied, in a good way. Flavor is an appealing mix of strong coffee and piney, citrusy hops, and some burnt toast. Very tasty.
boto (2078) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a fair amount of a tan head on it that lingers and leaves a good bit of lacing. The aroma is mainly pine, citrus and spicy hops. You can detect some malts trying to break through. The taste is a bit bitter, with a huge amount of malts thrown in. Some sweetness, roastiness, chocolate. Itís almost as if they threw in a large amount of everything they had around, but they did it in a way that a nice balance was achieved. Very Nice!
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brownish black with 2 fingers of brown head. Aroma of malt, citrus, hops and pine. This beer has quite the unique taste.......black ipa? Iím not sure but the hops stand out and the malt and roastiness hit at the finish. Very good beer, iím really liking this one.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blind tasting at Papsoe. Very dark brown reddish colour with a nice head. Fantastic aroma of hops, citrus, peach and other high alpha hops. Flavour of hops malt and little chocolate very nice endeed.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized beige head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was sweetish grapefruity hops and a light note of roasty malts. The flavor was bitter and had a fairly strong and crisp floral and fruity hop presence with a light roasty malt base. The finish was long and was dominated by floral hops.