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 (6768) - 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.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
very dark brown appearance. flavor is huge with a strong sweet malty start that finishes with an equally powerful hop balance. a great balanced taste on a beer that has such powerful components, it even throws in some citrus flavors. the alcohol add the end gives it a perfect depth. a great beer, much better than their 7-7-07 that I recently tried
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle sampled thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a dark brown with a white soapy head. Aroma of caramel and dark malt with pine and citrus hops. Piney earthy hops are the first flavors riding on those bitter coat tails is nutty toasty with a touch of bakers chocolate. Finishes with a lasting earthy bitterness. Interesting beer, I’m glad I got to try this fresh.
lb4lb (2462) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a big tan head in a tulip. Smell is quite hoppy and some dark malt notes in there as well. Or maybe that is just my eyes projecting that on what otherwise is very IPA like. Taste is strong, bitter, and hoppy. Some dark roast flavors show up, but mostly what you’d expect from a strong rich heavy IPA. Light alcohol presence, but this is still nicely drinkable.
CelticBrew (750) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, not quite black. Aroma of pines, grapefruit, hops. Flavour is full bodied, hops, grapefruit, malts and pine resins. This beer is smooth, and is IIPA lovers delight. Stone has done it again!
TAR (2437) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark chestnut. Clingy khaki head deposits patchy lace as the head retreats. Good retention. Mango, resin, mandarin orange, and chocolate pudding fill the nose. Hints of grass, spruce, black currants, dark berries and gluey yeast. Tight creaminess graces the palate. Bottle conditioned. Juicy from the get-go with a well-integrated assault of bitter hop oils and succulent hop flavors reminiscent of pineapple, mango, and assorted citrus (peach, orange, grapefruit). Malt reveals a silky chocolate quality as well as a tinge of biscuity sweetness. Fairly fluffy and defined, as well, yet lends a lovely cottony coarseness to contrast with the juicy hop character. Medium dryness displaces a small portion of the oppressive resins, but, as do the gluey yeast remnants, they still happen to impart too much gooey weight which obscures the more-nuanced hop derivatives. Esters evoke thoughts of plums, black licorice and fresh peaches. Hops flash a fresh dankness, but quickly succumb to the resins. Finishes with an integration of minty alcohol and spicy sprucelike hops which augment the dryness. Roasty bitterness kisses the lingering resins to amplify the spiciness, but an unpleasant aspirinlike astringency remains. Not too shabby, as a whole. It’s just unfortunate that the gluey yeast and resins tarnish what would otherwise be a bright and clean aroma and flavor. Solid mouthfeel and appearance. Fairly enjoyable.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, rye, grapefruit, pineapple, and light pine. Flavor of dark roasted malt, citrusy hops, rye bread, and caramel malt with a bitter finish.
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Bomber Split with Jeremy. Dark black color with a nice cream head, a bit off white, about two fingers. Nose is absolutely crazy. Big on hops with carmel, plum, raisin and roasted malt. The hops dominate, though. Tast is a bit of roast and carmel, maybe a few dark fruit notes, but overall dominated by hops. It has an "overhopped porter" feel to it overall. I like the idea of a "dark IIPA". Good beer, that I think will get better with a few months in the bottle. In fact, I could have one now.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Smells hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, pine, resin, Simcoe, chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. Poured very dark brown in color with a creamy, rocky, light brown, head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of dark malts, chocolate, pine, Simcoe, resin, toasting, and and some grapefruit. Medium body. Creamy, slightly dry texture. Bitter resin finish.