fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Bottle. Dark, translucent body with rapidly accumulating tan head. Aroma pretty much just piney hops, not much else going on, and even the pine sort of took a back seat to mere bitterness. Flavor was also one-dimensional for the most part, but at least it was a stronger, more pleasing one dimension than the nose. As it warmed, some malt poked through, but by that time the nice hops were less of a factor and it still didn’t really come together. For a clearly IPA-based beer, I actually thought the palate was the only saving grace here, really filling the mouth with as much of that hop presence as it could, strong but not out-of-place carbonation, no thinness at all. Aside from that though, not much going on. Wasn’t bad to drink, but I wouldn’t go for it again. 5-4-6-5-12 Rerate 7/5/08 So I did go for it again, and the age has really smoothed things out. In the nose, some piney and citrus hops work beautifully with roasted malt light on the roast, heavy on sweet fruitiness that blends with the hops. Flavor just brings out further intriguing complexities of the dark IPA with fairly sweet chocolate, a tart fruity coffee finish joining the rest. Easy drinking, at times creamy on the way down. Very nice.
jgb9348 (5014) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a super dense tan head. Neat looking, almost 100% opaque - but that didn’t look like it would be when I was pouring it. Aroma of super strong hops, potent citrus & piney hops with a bit of alcohol, malt, yeast, spruce and even a slight touch of roasted coffee. Medium-bodied; Very mild taste of hops up front with hardly anything else. Some nuts and coffee show near the end, but not much else. Aftertaste shows more hops than anything else - a bit of underbalanced malt and some light bitter tastes, but that’s about it. Overall, way overrated and probably not even worth sampling. This doesn’t fit a style aside from ASA - it’s overly hopped (almost all stone beers are), under malted and under flavoured. Pass on this one, if you can bring yourself to do it. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods (4th Ave) in San Francisco, California on 13-January-2008.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Highest of the night. Really enjoyed the body. Had a great hop finish, much better nose than anything else this evening. Thanks to Brigadier for a good night out.
nuplastikk (4956) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 11th anniversary 22oz bottle. Deep brown-black color. Toffee and chocolate notes with a solid hop backbone. Slightly reminiscent of a Barleywine, but a little more drinkable. An excellent beer.
tomthompson89 (1926) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW great beer!!! dark almost black, decent tan head nose is hops, especially floral and a good dose of malts, good sweet malts well balanced with citrus and other fine hops alcohol well hidden and a very tasty brew indeed.
BigBeer45 (1308) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bomber bottle, pours very dark almost black, is a dark ruby when viewed against a light, I poured this into a chalice and a tulip, the tulip provided more of a head, a dark tan foamy medium size head that receded and left dark tan bubbled lacings on the glass, aromas of roasted and toasted malt, faint chocolate, hops have fagrances of grass, pine needles, citrus and some faint floral notes, there is some malt caramel and sweetness, lots of piney and citrus hop flavor, malt sweetness, dark roasted malt flavors, caramel, remnants of malt flavor and sweetness are left behind at the finish, malt sweetness really comes out as this warms but stays in its preferable place without being overly strong, mouth feel is somewhat bubbly with carbonation, not overly so, nice on the palate, comes across as a IPA made with roasted malt. I think if you like IPAs and lots of hops you will like this, this is a IPA made with dark malt, I thought the hops overshadowed the malt a little, this was interesting but a different beer is going to be interesting the first time around, this would not spark my palate to want to try again, I prefer Stone’s Arrogant much more than this.
Headbanger (3502) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-A black body with a huge tan head which has an aroma of citrus, hops, and more hops. Taste of hops and roasted malt with a dry biiter finish. Great beer.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark dark brown with a lightly sticky beige head. Big grapefruit aroma, with some lighter notes of peach, pineapple and floral hops. The flavour is complex, at first it is sweet and malty, the middle is strong grapefruit, gin, and the finish, is a bit of dark unsweetend chocolate, and more grapefruit, with a touch of toffee spread throughout. There are many more flavours in there, i just can’t pin them. A top notch brew from a top notch brewery, Stone has yet to dissapoint me.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Translucent, lucid and chocolate in color with pin popping grey cloisters circling about the head. Aroma rings with chocolate rhubarb with orangey and watermelon like citric hops. Black cherry pipe tobacco hums in the nasal distance with a spiced tangerine caramel concoction on its coattails. Flavor is equally unique and completely assertive. Dry chocolate joins with a bitter, earthy bite and conjures up talc, light cigar wrappings with spicy rye and black cherry intonations. Chalky and totally dry composure makes the mouth its bitch. It’s wonderful. Woodsy, burnt pumpernickel loaves with ruby red grapefruit sweetening it with citric exposure lead into a dry, bitter finish begs more, more, more. Huge thanks to tpkenned for the bomber!
Brigadier (3205) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle
I have had this bottle for a while. After finding out it is not likely to age well I cracked it open. I’m glad I did. It seems to have lost just a little bit based on previous ratings but was still excellent. If this were not a one time release that is not likely to survive more than another year I would buy more. Pick it up in the near future if you can and try it ’fresh’.
Aroma / Appearance - A two finger head toned beige surged from the bottle then slowly settled. The body underneath was stoutlike in it fluidity and darkness.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel felt like a black and tan. Plum, chocolate and pine resin played against each other to see which would stand out the most. A lingering bitterness stuck around long after the other flavors had faded. Sticking tenaciously to the throat it took quite a while to subside. I’m not sure how to categorize this but however you do it is exceptional.