beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This American Strong Ale pours a deep black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized beige foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is big juicy grapefruity and piney hops with some chocolate malts in the background. A medium bodied ASA. The malts are roasted and chocolate, with a hint of coffee. The hops are intense, lots of grapefruit and pine. Bitter, but not overly so, it has a interesting interplay between the hops and the chocolate malts. Lively carbonation. Touch of alcohol at the finish. Interesting beer. I will be waiting to see how this one ages. I think I need to stock upÖ Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry.
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wasnít quite sure what to expect from this brew, since i bought it without regard to the style. it poured black with a tan head, and before i smelled it i assumed it was a porter. the aroma belies the color; itís hoppy and chocolatey with orange and grapefruit hops flavors interacting rather gracefully. a mega-hopped porter, but there is a full-fledged bitterness which stays around past the chocolate flavors. itís a real-life incarnation of IIPA meets porter. i wonder what it tastes like after a few years in the cellar....
Stine (1574) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Charred oak pour, red light in the bottom. A lovely mocha milkshake head has a very long life. Strawberry, orange, and pine oil aroma. Pineapple, brown sugar and full candied malt foundation. Chocolate and nougat. Taste belies a bold Simcoe and Amarillo partnership. Underneath, the farbe malting hasnít removed any black malt astringency, although itís maybe dulled it a bit. Ashy french roast grind soaks in over the slick citrus sweetness, and fairly typical shampoo taste. Some cola. Quiet green apple tartness is well-placed, preceding a sweet lick of brownies with a bit of salt. An outside touch of watermelon sugar, which is lovely. This has the texture quality of an almost unroasted south american coffee; citrusy acidity dominates. A leafy hint of mint and sandy dark chocolate at the finish, and a burnt espresso flowering; the density of the dark malts leaves the slightest lingering of acrid touch. A surprisingly successful fusion of two elements, in themselves ripe with the possibility of unbelievable astringency.
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Loved this guy. It really is like a black IPA, with a great hoppy aroma, but a dark complex roasty flavor. Just a truly yummy tasty beer.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Poured from a bomber. Pours a beautiful deep brown (black) color with a moderate tan head that slowly diminished. Aroma of hops with underlying malts. Slight malt flavor leads into a hop explosion in the middle that lets out a bit of fruit flavor. Roastiness comes out more as the beer warms. Nice lacing and full on the palate. Seems like it would be awesome aged for a while to balance out the hops, I will have to see if I can find another to keep. Awesome.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber. Deep, dark brown color with a fairly large sudsy tan head that wouldnít go away. Fruity hop aroma that is heavy on the grapefruit, with a bit of stone fruit as well. A bit of sweet doughy malt in the background. Flavor starts off quite bitter, with the flavor of grapefruit pith and some pine. In the middle a bit of malt sweetness tries to emerge before being smacked back down by the hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Good, but just a bit too bitter for my tastes, which 2 years ago I would have said was impossible. Tastes change.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely dark brown pour with a monster head. Lots of citrus hops in the aroma with a hint of roasted malts. The flavor profile is the same with more roasted malt than I expected, which was a nice change of pace. Pretty aggressive beer, but easy to drink at the same time.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rich garnet-brown beer with a light brown head. Big grapefruit/summer/trpical fruit aroma. Big grapefruit, slight pine, lychee and other tropical fruit flavor with backing darker malt - chocolate and coffee with caramel. LIngering pine and fruit with that darker malt. Medium body. Nice bitterness. Refreshing at first, then the other flavors and the bitterness come at you to make a nice beer.
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Pours black with brown penetrating the edges, decent head. The aroma is an absolute bow shot of pure grapefruit, amazing. Flavor is solidly hop oriented with grapefruit being the big note. Faint pine emerges as it warms, along with a very faint note of roast that I might not have even noticed if I wasnít looking for it. Malt sweetness to balance, but solidly a hop bomb. Just fantastic, best thing Stone has dropped on us in a while. Perhaps not as complex as others, but just awesome flavors. RERATE: Just had a bottle as the Sublimely Self Righteous on 5/9/09, as spectacular as I remembered it. I bumped it up a couple of points because I truly think this deserves a spot in my to beers. I flat love this stuff. Thank you sir, may I have another.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
OK, First let me qualify the score: A) Iím a BIG fan of Stoneís products and B) I love beers with Simcoe hops! This beer is a WOW!!! I heard/read all the hype before the release and was mildly excited. I remembered the 10th and it was really good. The 11th was beyond my expectations. You open the bottle and the room fills with grapefruit/citrus aromas. Pours black like a good stout, but make no mistake this is NO stout. Itís all IPA! The first sip is an assault on the palate not unlike Ruination with grapefruit and citrus flavors which are explosive on the tongue. You would expect from all these hops that the finish would be bitter and drying, but not so fast. The roasted malts kick in which seem to subdue bitterness and leave you with a little mocha chocolate flavor. A truly fantastic beer! Iím buying a case and trying one every few months to see how it ages or maybe they wonít last that long.