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. Iím 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. Itís a dark brown color with some red tones in there. Aroma has piney citrus hops along with some caramel maltiness that wasnít 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 anybodyís guess.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 as 11th anniversary: like a more complex IPA for its hop and citrus elements as well as an odd porter because of its maltiness--an interesting beer; strong hoppy aroma; interesting, and good, but not something i would care too much to have again... as sublimely self-righteous: the nose fools me into thinking what it might look like--the aroma is bright, hoppy, sugary, and somewhat roasted; the flavor is like an over-hopped porter; but it is good (uprated).
kflorence (93) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very thick, dark brown color that you canít see through when held up to the light. Minimal head that turns to some white lacing at the top of the glass. Smells of hops and malts with lesser notes of chocolalte, coffee and alcohol. Very full-flavored beer with a thick mouthfeel. Tastes of hops, sweet and roasted malts and coffee, finishes with dry, tart hop bitterness. It smells much hoppier than it tastes, the malts balance them out pretty well on the palate, which is good for me as Iím not a huge fan of hop-dominated beer, although I canít say Iíd go out of my way to pick this up. Definitely a quality crafted beer that Iíd recommend to fans of IPA style beers.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark black/brown with little head. This oneís a nice mix of a medium IPA and stout. Honestly, I didnít know what to expect given the label, but itís something good. Great stuff.
Bartzilla (608) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So, here I sit on a Friday night rating beers Iíve tried. Some people go out and go bowling, some go to the bars and some loaf around writing shit about the beers theyíve tried.
Anyway, this is some tasty tasty ale. Pours dark, bites hard and tickles your innards with the tingling of hops. Good anniversary offering and I can still find it on the shelves, so itís been a tough run on the liver.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with little to no head. I could smell the hops as the beer was coming out of the bottle. I expected it to be overly hoppy, but it was very well balanced between the malts and hops.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased for $6 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a dark brown with little head but decent lacing. Hoppy aroma. Flavour is nicely hoppy with some lasting bitterness. Well balanced with a decent malt backbone. However, not all that different from a "normal" IPA. Good, but not extraordinary.
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Pours a deep dark chocolate with a big foamy head. Smells of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with slight hints of leather and gun oil. Entrancing. A big bold balanced taste of malt, chocolate, and fruit with hints of exspesso. A big quick hop finish that leaves a lingering dark chocalate copper. Wow. Nice work.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sent by my brother in law from new york. I thank him for thinking of me. Wonderful aroma and dark sweet malt with transcendent hop flavor. As always stone adds something that puts it over the top. I love this dark ipa and it is significantly different from Arrogant Bastard- the hop is more floral and the malt daker. Yashar koach!