thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a deep garnet with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is overwhelmingly citrus and pine hops, with chocolate and roasted malt thrown in.....The TASTE, however, is interesting - it’s hoppy, so it must be an IPA....WAIT! There’s a slight bit of malt and chocolate....WAIT! It finishes like an IPA. Whatever it is, it’s all good and a wonderful, wonderful brew.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased at Crown Liquors #15, in Fishers, IN. Pours nearly black with just a touch of garnet highlight, near the stem of the glass, and a dense, creamy, pitted tan head that leaves sticky lace behind. Very pretty. The nose is a total disconnect from the appearance: a solid hop front (citric and piny hops) are layered over solid chocolate and roasted malt notes. Medium-bodied with a thin creaminess, transitioning to a dry, almost woody, bitter hopped finish that lingers for quite a while. A nice balance of pine and citrus over a solid malt backbone. It’s difficult to pull out any discernible malt "flavors" behind the hop notes, but the malt does contribute significantly towards body and balance. This is another very solid brew from the guys at Stone. If you’re a hop head looking for something a bit off the beaten path, find a bottle of this beer. You won’t be disappointed.
Changus (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark and thick. Low carbonation high hop flavor and a kill with the smooth strong malt. Super dry tongue pincher that will leave you with a happy feeling.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from shp555, thanks Steve. Pours a copper-amber with just a bit of creamy foam. Kind of resembled a toned down IIPA with the hoppiness but after a I had a few sips then some of the complexity arose and the malt took over. Not a bad brew at all
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on bottle, thanks thewolf) BLACK, with redbrown trim. Well hopped, yet still roasted and malty nose. Smooth mouth, very good carbonation. Dries up in the taste and gets seiously like a coffeebean, almost making my lips carak, almost. A knockout hoppy stout.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a nice deep brown color with a smaller beige head. aroma is big on hops and citrus with hints of roasted malts. Flavor was very pleasing with a nice amount of hops and a malt balance in the mix. a fantastic brew.
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ thewolf tasting.
[thank you, Øster]
Pours a very deep black with a wonderful creamy beige head. Wonderful hoppy aroma, lightly citric and lots of pine hops. Fine, rather lively mouthfeel. Soft malty flavour with lots and lots of hops, both in taste and bitterness. Feels rather light, drinkable and balanced. Wonderful way to make an IPA.
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a very interesting mix. The best way to describe it is as a chocolate IPA. Not surprisingly it gets labeled as one of the catch all titles. There are also some light fruit notes. Probably could have been better if it was a little heavier on the chocolate, but that is just me.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Nearly black body with a big, creamy tan head. Aroma has chocolate and hops, but not as hoppy as i imagine it was fresh. Clean roasty malts, sweet caramel, mocha, and substantial and bitter hops in the flavor; pretty floral with some pine and grapefruit. Clean porter flavors mixing with IPA; pretty chocolatey really. medium-full body with nice soft carbonation. I’m digging the combo of darker hops and chocolate flavor with IPA style hoppiness. The hops seem a little subdued, and I wish that I had tried this when it came out, but still very good.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler filled at the brewrey on 2-23-08. I know this beer is about 8 months old now, and some of the hop bitterness, flavor and aroma has dropped out, but this is still a fantastic beer. It’s a dark brown color with some red tones in there. Aroma has piney citrus hops along with some caramel maltiness that wasn’t there when this beer was fresh. Flavors are sweet, with still enough of a bitter kick to balance. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, but with a little roasted, chocolate character. Still a great Stone beer. How much it holds up over more time is anybody’s guess.