auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz Bottle. De rigeur aroma of biting Chinook, extrapolated pine resins and dusty floorboards. How predictable. Pours a medium charred mahogany with an even soap of tan. Flavor is an overly humonulous bittering effect, flavor comes as, again, fairly standard Chinook profiles. One dimensional hop character and strained out bitter tea. You would think you might get some unique maltings in the background, but instead you get this reducible sugar tone. Bland and predictable. Clean and dry, whatever. Filtered. Guess whoís the BMC of craft brewing? Not worth the $5.50 or the glass itís in...
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A whispering hoppy, floral aroma with a little bit of the alcohol content coming through as well. Color is deep dark with a little bit of light creeping through when you hold it up. A thick-as-hell rocky head sits on top and refuses to subside. Flavor is floral hops, making theirselves well known, but its not to overpowering. Balances out nicely with the malt. Man, i love this dark malt and floral hop balance. Roast flavors are somewhat found, and so is the citrus if you dig deep enough. What else can i say? Its dark, floral, and roasty. Unique is an understatement. Once again, Stone impresses!
NephrenKa (27) - Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No light passed through the ebon liquid in my glass; this stuff is a muddy black color, though it tastes little like it looks. The head was surprisingly aggressive, foaming almost malignantly like a soda. Sweetly floral aromas overwhelm an expected rush of hops, with a hint of ginger accompanying the alcohol. I was surprised at how little character the beer had upfront, as I typically expect strong IPAís to knock me off my feet at the first kiss; but this beast waited a little while before pouncing. The middle flavor was a great, fullmouthed rush of hops, but not overwhelming. Just a pinch of coffee underpins the hops. After swallowing, I could feel the hops flavor ebb and flow not unlike distant cannonfire, while a faint frothy cream lingered on the back of my tongue. Overall, this beer is really damn good. Surprisingly, it doesnít taste as strong as the 8.2% alcohol, but boy did I feel it after drinking the whole bomber.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was more malty than hoppy. Doesnít quite pass the 60 watt test, thereís a bit of light that creeps through, being a really dark amber with a nice thick light head. I didnít taste the citrus they say is in it, but it might be my palate. I did get quite a bit of sweet roasted flavors, followed by bitterness on the back of my tongue. This was a nice beer to drink and a chilly, rainy night in New England.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Draught tulip at Sunset Grill on 10/6/07
A clear mahogany-chestnut brown, with plentiful large bubbles in the liquid and a foamy beige head that shows moderate retention, light lacing.
Very fruity nose, with obvious amarillo dominance, which is nice, but as TAR so elegantly notes, it dosent end quite as pleasantly, with tacky, sticky, nose and palate-dulling resin. Just unnecessary, and all it needs is the amarillo hop notes, without all the simcoe bitterness. Chocolate and biscuit malts sort of scratch at the nose, though some stickiness and base malt sugars do keep it fairly substantial. Gets rather peachy-bready on the finish, and conjures up memories of Avery 14....But if you focus on the chocolate and caramel notes and the interesting fruitiness up front, itís passable. No flaws, light alcohol warmth, medium to medium-high strength of aroma.
Sweet and sticky, with gooey caramel sticking all over the palate. Flakes of dry chocolate are added to this and lush, tropical fruits emanate from the hops, growing juicier, to the point of fatigue, on the finsh. Bitterness is never a problem, but it just seems too peachy-sweet and gooey, for lack of a more elegant description. Roast courses through, but combines with a minty hoppiness that just dosent work, in my opinion, showing too much stark, dry contrast to the sweet caramel. Phenolic as well (black pepper). Carbonation is moderate and some butteriness is apparent on the end (not diacetyl) with light alcohol warmth. Eh, itís certainly a step up from Avery 14, but I was far from enamoured.
gsmitty80 (1768) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark mollassas type color with thick head. Smelled of alcohol and malt with some killer hops. Tasted very good and very strong with a mix of hop textures.
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bottled, consumed on 11/2/07. Cola colored pour, modest tan head with excellent retention and plenty of bubbles. Smoky, piny aroma: reminds me of a robustly hopped porter in the nostrils. Nicely chewy in the mouth. When served cold, hops are assetive in this beer, easily the strongest flavor. There are some faint suggestions of bread and honey mixed in there, but this is a hopheadís brew. As it warms, balance appears, allowing a stronger malt profile to emerge. Reminds of pumpernickel bread or a dash of mocha. Strong as it leaves the mouth with a lasting bitter finish.
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola brown as it poured from the bottle. The head was active and bubbly at first, then settled to a thin mousse; left no lacing on the glass. In the glass, the color was dark brown with some deep red visible against backlighting. The smell is rich with both sweet malt and spicey hops. The mouthfeel was fluffy as though this were a cask-conditioned beer. Interesting! There are definite dark-roasted, slightly burnt notes in the flavor. The burnt malt flavor dominates the hops hops somewhat, so the hops in the smell are stronger than in the flavor. This is a very interesting hybrid style
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to miketd for the bottle. Dark color. Smell of hops, malt, minor citrus, flowers, caramel, pine and cotton candy. Hop dominate most of the aroma. Taste of hops, pine, caramel, malt, brown sugar, flowers and roasted nuts. Very good IPA. Wish it had more grapefruit/citrus taste.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with nice looking tan head. The aroma is fairly big with pine hops, sweet caramelized malts and faint sweet fruitiness. The malty sweetness and mild fruitiness start out the flavor and then the pine hops roll right up and take over. Enjoyable product.