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 that’s 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 - I’m looking forward to tasting it as it mellows and evens out.
nimbleprop (6661) - 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 I’d 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 (10498) - 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 (8304) - 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. It’s sweet and malty with a bitter finish and plenty of spices. This is one of Stone’s best efforts.
juiceisloose (1262) - 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!
jake65 (3157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a large beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, resiny, roasty, and caramel malts. The flavor profile is floral and hoppy with chocolate and roastiness and a sort of dry and bitter sourness. I’m not sure about this one... It just seemed stuck in between styles and the flavors waged war on one another rather than joining forces and kicking ass like so many of Stone’s brews. I wanted to like it, but it was a let down.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex citrus hoppy aroma with hints of chocolate and a prominence of alcohol. Color is dark brown. The slightly syrupy brew slides over the tongue while it is overwhelmed with the complex profile.
argo0 (12647) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle) Large beige head atop clear, red-dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, floral, some pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, some earthy, chocolate, light caramel. Smooth medium-full body, very resinous. Yummy!