GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What an excellent beer. I had really suprised my brother with this beer, as it looks like a porter and smells like an IPA. What a gift Stone has brewed for us. Huge aroma of fresh hops, with just a touch of light roast. Appearance is dark brown (nearly black) with a touch of red on the edges and a nice frothy light tan head with the usual Stone staying power. Flavor is big oily hops, citrusy bitterness with enough sweetness to keep it properly balanced. You won’t have to twist my arm to drink the remaining bottles I have.
yespr (33803) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 From bottle, blind tasting at Papsoes - beer no 23. Pours dark brown with a red hue and a dense off-white head. Heavy fruity aroma, peach, grapefruit and a bit of pineapple on top of a dense malt aroma. Dark caramel flavoured with a good portion of sugar. Ends in a great hoppy and malty blend - nice.
From tap at Stone Bistro as hopped with wet Simcoe on cask. Pours pitch black with a lacing tan head. Dense fruity and hoppy aroma, clear has a lot more hops yet also perhaps too dense. Dense hoppy, bone dry yet with a mild caramel malt presence in the flavour. Fruity finish. 8-4-8-4-17=4.1
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Opaque Black with a big fluffy light brown head. Good lacing clings to the sides of my tulip glass. Huge Pine hop aroma. Hops are really huge in this beer but does end with a slight roasted malt sweetness. Full oily body. Very nice beer.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reminds me of double bastard. Not really a stout, more dry, not as heavy palate, but rich in malts and hops. Great, but not outstanding.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Very interesting beer. Seems that those who have kvetched "oh, another aggressively hopped Stone beer" might be missing out. Yes, it is aggressively hopped, but there a very quirky and welcome use of black malts along with the dry-hopping to give this a distinctively bitter taste and looooong, dry finish. Add that to the gorgeous creamy body and palate, and it’s a really lovely left turn from an already excellent brewer.
jcwattsrugger (11345) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-pours a creamy light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is lots of cascade hops. Taste is lots of cascade hops-raw/bitter/resiny, secondary dark malt-ash/chocolate, alcohol. A bit too much for me, comes across as an I2PA/AmSA. Sipping. Ok carbonation.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #134. Tasted 11/8/07. 22oz bomber. Murky brown hue. Webbed head. Spicy peppery anise celery nose. Great big nose. Big vegetal malts. Coffee acidity. Rye bitter malts. Absolutely fabulous! Mild to moderate bitterness. Peppery and bready. Totally delicious!
Radek Kliber (6587) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650 ml
Appearance :dark brown with tanned beige crown , detailed lace.
Nose :Rich aroma , aromatic , refreshing hops. Brown roasted chocolate ,malts. 8-
Flavour/Palate :Medium light frontal feel. Citric fresh hop profile bonded with greener hops and with dose of chocolate. Stone used old and proven formula with slight twist . No need to change that works so well for them. Tasty , solid brew.
joergen (22451) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red brown coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of hops, pine needles and grape fruits.
Sweet flavour of caramel, pine needles and grape fruits.
eaglefan538 (2918) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Re-rate, 11/09, bottle from SL: Quite the same as my previous experience. Rating unchanged. Black-IPA type style with some red-IPA type elements. Original Rating: Bottle from Topps in Tempe. Pour was dark brown color, generous off white to light tan in color, very nice retention, great lacing. The aroma was piney-citrus, caramel amber type malts, light roast though. The flavor was grapefruit citrus, some pine, caramel red/amber malts, dry bitter rye aspects, faint dry roast elements. Full, almost airy mouthfeel, firm carbonation. Much like a dry imperial red ale, a nice concoction, not my favorite stye, though.