cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Toms Glasgow tasting 2 ... Deep brown ... high american hop ... lots of american hop ... lots of citrus... in blind test you would not guess the colour.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
everything advertised. dark, hoppy aroma like how i want bread to smell. deep dark brown, lasting sandy head. damn near perfect flavor. i love the concept and the outcome. dark roasted heaviness meets strong hoppy goodness
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Dark pour, strong hoppy nose, excellent lacing. Mouth is of grapefruit, citrus hops but deep dark malts, VERY complex, but very well ballanced. Delicious
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 22oz bottle. Poured a clear brown color with red light shining through. The head was tall, rocky, and light tan with good retention. Aroma was of caramel, brown sugar, and sprucy hops, all in roughly equal proportions. There was also a whiff of alcohol. Delicate malty sweetness was accompanied by moderate hop bitterness up front. The finish was dry and bitter. Carbonation was on the higher end of the spectrum with light to medium body. Interesting mix of caramel, dark chocolate, subdued chicory, and bitter grapefruit rind flavors. There was some alcohol mixed in there as well, but it was well disguised. Pretty unique.
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 (8181) - La Mesa, 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 I’m drinking an IPA, but its dark. Has very little roasted flavors and is mostly like drinking an IPA. Very good brew.
Suttree (6075) - 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. I’m 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.