Tejas (936) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good balance of roastiness and bitterness. Maybe a tad more bitter though. Little alcohol flavor as it warms up. Tasty! Solid ale for sure that would be good on occassion or on draught.
tomciccateri (1032) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - opaque dark brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of hops and malt. Big body, big malty flavor Rich malty flavor with an even dry/sweet balance. Well-blended hops offer great balance. Great complexity with alcohol lurking just below all the friendly flavors.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really good beer. Its sort of a hybrid between a Porter and an IPA.
Beautiful dark color with a tight head that takes forever to fade out.
Smells fairly hoppy but also kind of dark and smoky as well. Very interesting.
Hoppy and smoky. Sounds weird together but that’s the best way I can describe it. Very oily mouthfeel that leads to an extended bitterness at the end. Not unpleasant but doesn’t really do anything for the experience either.
I liked the beer and if I can find it, I will be getting this one again. Stone rocks...
bierkoning (11394) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Lemon, grapefruit and red berries in the somewhat green aroma, with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Firm oily hopbitter flavor with grapefruit, berries, bitter walnuts and caramel. Some maltiness shimmering through. Long oily hopbitter aftertaste, earthy and woody. Not perfectly balanced, but a very big and tasty beer.
A later tasting @ jbrus’s place showed blackcurrant notes, tannines, and assam tea.
undsioux7 (861) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of biscuit, sweet citrus. Taste is chocolate, caramel, roast, sweetness, bitterness, citrus, pine. Just a lot of little hints of everything, but as a whole it had some things I like others I don’t care for. Nicely complex though.
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 (4545) - 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 (1590) - 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!