patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is bizarre. Pours a dark brown-black with a fizzy head. When I cracked the bottle I took a whiff and got blasted by the hops. This beer has a very citrusy/hoppy aroma. Very little in the way of malt. The taste is very hoppy and fruity; mainly orange and grapefruit. A good beer but Ruination puts this offering to shame.
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours red-brown-black with small bubble head. Kind of weird to drink an IPA that is black in color, and makes me want to drink it blindfolded. Nice hoppy aroma. Very, very grapefruit hops. A little too much grapefruit. Very peppery as well. Not the best combination of hops. Many hops in the boild, with high hop bitterness and medium hop aroma.
beerczar69 (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great tasting beer.Had on draft.Pours dark brown almost black and what a rich smooth taste.Cannot taste the alcohol at all.One of the best.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark on 04/26/2009. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head. Citrus and piney hop aroma with some chocolate. Citrus and floral hop flavor, some chocolate and a touch of roast with a lingering bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/4/17 - 4.2
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/30/2008. Dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Big citrus and floral hop aroma with a caramel background. Citrus and floral hop flavor wtih some roast and caramel. Medium full body with moderate carbonation and a smooth bitter finish. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9
On cask at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008 with wet Simcoe hops. Deep amber body with a small light brown head. Big sumcoe aroma with some light caramel. Simcoe and faint caramel flavor with a long lasting sweet citrus bitter flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 9/4/9/4/18 - 4.4
Bottle on 11/14/2007: Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head. Huge amarillo hop aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with some citrus and floral hops. Medium mouthfeel, medium low carbonation, and a huge hop finish. 8/5/9/4/17 - 4.3
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours mahogany with ample tan head. Aroma is roast, apples, some spice with hints of alcohol. Flavor is a nice balanced strong flavor. Citrus hops, some oak, roastiness, more apples and plum. Nice hop and roast flavor on the finish. This is really drinkable. The alcohol lends minimal heat - but be careful - it’s there alright! Good stuff!
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 (40452) - 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.