STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a tan head - nose of flora hops, and malt – taste is malty, with good floral hops, and resin/gummy quality - body is medium, and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of hops, and malt
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fennel, toasted, chocolate and biscuity malts and notable in the nose along with plenty of well blended citrus and pine hops. Some roast is also notable. Dark brown body is topped by a decent and lasting tan head that is quite sticky on the sides of the glass. Chocolate, caramel and raisin like malt character with hints of roast and plenty of anis in the flavour. Bitterness is pronounced but never overwhelming. Medium body with decent carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with Beershine and Oakes.
bleeng (1563) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Black beer, with a big, dirty head. A bit foamy. Nose of those good old Stone hops. Burnt malts, medium body, hoppy/bitter almost porter-ish. The thick malts and mouth really come through as this beer warms up. Really nice-wish I had a few more of these.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, and some citrus hops. Flavor is roasted malts some chocolate, and a bitter hop finish.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Pours dark black with a touch of dark brown around the edges with a beige foam head. Malty licorice aroma with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and coffee balanced out b a nice floral hop odor. Roasted chocolate malt up front with hints of roasted coffee and licorice followed up by a beautiful floral hop finish that baances out this beer perfectly. Awesome!
Boutip (5036) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with some light roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt with some west-coats bitter hops mostly dominating. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and alcohol is not apparent. Interesting take on the IPA style but nothing really earth shattering.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark full body contrast with a light hoppy aroma and well blended malt. Tastes of mocha and porter mingle well with the wet hops. Some notes of fruit as well. Alcohol content extraordinary. Definitely a stone staple. Just a tad too intense for my palate.
jercraigs (8294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 2010-06-25. Black body with a nice creamy brown head, awesome lacing. Leafy green hop aroma. 8+ Flavour is fairly bitter, quick leafy green hops, resin, rich dark malt base. 8+ Cream medium to full bodied palate. Yumm! 8+/5/8+/4/17+ - 4.2 On Tap at Bailey’s Taproom, Portland.
2008-01-01. Bottle. Black body with a big foamy tan head. Green leafy hop aroma, mild roast malt and alcohol. (7+) Similar green leafy hops in the flavour, lots of bitterness throughout, with a very mild undertone of roast malt, lingering green hops. Not really getting much in the way of citrus really, more leafy hops with maybe slight resin. Smooth average to medium palate (3+). Solid. 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0
piscator34 (2047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. The opening aromas are weighted towards malt flavors of roast, nuts , and caramel, with the mildly citric hops entering in on the end. It’s a similar story in the mouth with the caramel and roasted notes (along with hints of smoke and leather) taking center stage. The familiar citrusy hops that Stone uses are still there, but I’m surprised how muted, albeit very balanced, they are. Seems more like a brown ale crossed with an IPA to me. A very good beer though, whatever you want to call it.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with firm tan head. Looks like an imperial stout. Nose is full of hops and roasted grains. Flavor was citrus and pine hops, roasted malts, a hint of burned chocolate, and a nice lingering, bitter hop finish. Different and delicious, another good one from Stone.