AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Pours opaque chocolate brown with frothy oatmeal colored head that diminishes to nice lacing. Nose of some hops, but stronger malt. Flavor is smooth malt and a decent hop profile with a slight alcohol burn, with a sweet dried fruit finish with a touch of caramel. Very nice beer.
FLP62 (6) - USA - OCT 13, 2007 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice texture for an IPA. Dark malts do a decent job of masking the alcohol astringency, but the two combined with the heavy hops and uneven citrus notes results in a somewhat harsh finish. Expect it to mellow some in time, but not there yet.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle provided by mreusch
I have come to find the the blend of Simcoe and Amarillo smells a lot like Juicy Fruit gum. I love that smell. Blend that with some roasty notes and we have this beer. Smells great.
3 tones are shown here. Black on top, brown in the middle and dark red at the bottom. It occurs to me that this is becase Iím using a white wine glass (smart). No head which is a let down.
Sort of a coffee and cream flavor with a with a big bitterness. You can tell that the bitterness is from the roasted grain and hops. Nice.
Med body with a dry finish.
I think this is another top hotch hoppy beer from our friends at Stone.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, from Whole Foods, LaJolla. Pours dark brown and opaque, with brick red highlights, and a huge fluffy off white head that leaves nice lace. Aroma is roasty, but dominated by citrus, pine and spruce hops with a little dust and blackberry. Charred roasty malts and unsweetened chocolate bitterness in the flavor, but again dominated by the aggressive hop profile, juicy grapefruit and pine hops leaving a bitter upon bitter character thatís enjoyable to this hophead, yet somewhat one dimensional. Medium body and crispy carbonation round out this hop monster. Not bad now, and will certainly change with age - Iím looking forward to tasting it as it mellows and evens out.
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
American strong ale? Looks more like a porter to me. Pours from the bomber with a thin white head that quickly fades and a opaque black body with burgundy translucent edges. Aroma caught me a bit off guard, roasted malt is there, not as much hop aroma as Iíd expect, but also an aroma of Belgian-esque candy which I did not expect from an American Strong out of Stone. Taste was heavy, multidimensional hops. Lemon, grapefruit, fresh grass, pine, sour orange. Hop flavors are mellowed by the sweetness of the roasted sugary malt. Finish is lasting hope bitterness and a little heat on the tongue. As the beer warms a bit there is also an aroma and flavor of mint that is refreshing. All in all, this is a good beer, unlike anything you drink on a regular basis. I applaud Stone for aggressively hopping a darked beer.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with ruby edges. Aroma is a nice hoppiness, light roastiness, piney. Taste is malty, lightly alcoholic, hoppy, mildly roasty, interesting.
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of hops, resiny, sticky, pine, floral, with some roast and citrus. Tastes of pine, a little earthy, roast, chocolate and citrus. Piney/hoppy burps.
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. This black ale poured with a modest beige head and a hoppy aroma. Itís sweet and malty with a bitter finish and plenty of spices. This is one of Stoneís best efforts.
juiceisloose (1096) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy mgumby10, thanks Mike! This poured a dark brown color with a thin white head that receded quickly. This had a really nice smell to it. There was a big hop presence in the aroma with some citrus fruit most notably grapefruit. There was also some sweet malts in there as well. The taste was combination of a bunch of things. There was the grapefruit and hops along with some sweet malts, caramel and cinnamon. Ths really had a big flavor. Medium bodied with a lot of lively carbonation that had a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Everything was really well blended. This was one tasty brew. Stone did a great job on this one.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours dark ruby amber with big beige head and solid lacing. The aroma is pineapple that I can smell from two feet away; getting my nose into it I also smell quite a bit of apricot, some sweet chocolate, a little bit of white raisin. The flavor is sweet chocolate, apricot, prune, and pine at first. Then come an interesting roasty tone and some piney bitterness. Once in a while I pick up some grapefruit notes. It gets roastier toward the finish, leaving an aftertaste of coffee and pine. This reminds me of the Catawba Valley Blackwater Uber Pale Ale, but better executed. Bravo!