mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, pours a dark brown that sits black in the glass, generous tan head; good lacing. Aroma is citrus, apricot, pear, and minor dark fruits. Flavor is a hoppy bite, with a nice lingering bitter presence. This is a very easy drinking beer, and would be nice to have around in greater supply... Happy Anniversary Stone!
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep deep brown to charcoal black in color with a thin head. Big hoppy nose. Chwwey hops with dark molasses/black cherry flavors, however the predominant flavors are from the hops, adding a grapefruit/citrus facet and overpowering the large malt bill. Somewhat like a fresh batch of barley wine... See <a href="http://www.1000BottlesofBeer.com"& for the complete review. Cheers!
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours very dark with a smallish head. Aromas of hops and some roastiness. Flavors are dominated by hops.
The beer induced cognitive dissonance:it looks like a stout or porter but tastes like an IPA with a fairl aggressive hop profile, pine and resins, and some floweriness. There is not much malt offsetting this. An interesting well done beer but dare I say it it is overhyped.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Very dark brown, just about black in color with a medium head. Aroma is all citrus- grapefruit, orange, pineapple, with sweet malts in the background. Taste really suprised me, especially considering how dark this beer is. A hop explosion upon first sip- tons of grapefruit, mango, orange, with a harsh attacking chinook bitterness. I was expecting some roast or chocolate flavors but really didn’t get much at all- more like a nice caramelized malt flavor. Pretty full bodied, with a nice lingering harsh chinook bitterness. Awesome stuff, can’t wait to have more.
radagast83 (4134) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 My goodness. I think I may have found one of my favorite beers of this year, if not ever. This American Strong Ale smells and tastes a lot more like an IPA but with a powerful malt presence. It is extremely malty, and a wonderful delight to drink. Aside from the alcohol content, I could really see myself drinking this all evening.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 22 oz bottle from BevMo Carmel mountain. Another winner from Stone Brewing Co. Pours like a stout......but definetly not one. If I didn’t have a Hop 15 from Pizza Port, i might be able to explain a little more about it......;)
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the aroma I get alot of grapefruit hops, some licorice, and lots of roasty notes. Pours pretty much black with a thin tan head. Nice and bitter. The hops pretty much over power everything else in this beer except for a little bit of sweet roasted malt, a little bit of yeasty notes, and the alcohol. Dry mouthfeel. Lots of noticable warm alcohol. This one would probably be very good if aged, as it would smooth out a bit. Pretty nice nonetheless, but not the best they have to offer.
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Nearly completely opaque black-brown with a medium sized tan colored head. Keening pine and candied citrus hop aromatics, tinges of alefruit peer through as well. Heavy resinous citric hop flavor. Chalky, roasty pallor emerges afterwards. Bitter citrus rind and earthy herbal tones develop. Minor sweetness in the finish as the astringent and resinous characters begin to subside, with a faint nuttiness. Mouthfeel is a thick medium, somewhat drying.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Aroma is strong grapefruit with yeast bubblegum and brown sugar sneaking in. Pours black with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is drenched in alcohol. Citrus hops followed by chalky dark roasted malts. Palate is hot and tart. Interesting and different but a little too hot for me. I wonder if a little time to mellow would allow for the complexity to shine.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This brew poured an opaque black with a thick, creamy, dark tan head that slowly faded away. Some excellent lacing was left around the glass. The beer could easily be mistaken for a stout based on appearance alone. The aroma of the beer was made up of grapefruit, lightly roasted malts, and some faint milk chocolate. The flavor was filled with bitting grapefruit, roasted malts, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel was medium-boded with very light carbonation. This beer was an interesting twist on an IPA. The dark malts used held their own behind the large hop presence. Congrats on 11 years!!!