Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, of course, marked September 2007. Wow. Clear, deep, dark brown with a big brown head that descends rockily. I can see where people say it looks like a porter! Nice lace rings all the way to the bottom. I take a whiff, and the mind reels - I know itís an IPA, my eyes tell me to ready for chocolate, but all I smell is rich grapefruit and heavy pine resin smothering a light dough. Flavor is decidedly IPA - lots of raw hop goodness here, bursting with grapefruit and pine. Beneath that, a mild roastiness is detected, and a bit of chocolate, but letís call a spade a spade - this is all about the bitter hop. The finish is achingly bitter, the kind that creeps up from the back corners of your mouth and tingles behind your ears. A mild warming is deep in the gullet. I wasnít crazy about the 10th, but this is a beaut - a true hophead dream. Excellent.
3fourths (8696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 rerate needed... itís actually quite good when fresh. probably in the 3.5-3.8 range.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís a strong ale, not a stout, dark but clear rather than thick or opaque, reddish brown, almost no head. Taste of malts, chocolate, a little bitter coffee, with west coast hops, and a little bit of mint or menthol taste from the Simcoe. Somehow a little more than the sum of its parts, probably because Iím a sucker for the Stone hop signature. Iíd rather have a Storm King or a Bellís Expedition, but they are stout cousins of this, and more intense in every way.
kerplun1 (11) - New York, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 Bottle. This is my second bottle and I had a craving for it since I had the first. The aroma is a joy of hops. A dark pour with a luxurious head. Flavor is hops, but complex and oh so interesting. Mouthfeel is creamy and quite a treat, even though there is a lot of bitterness here. A great beer though that I want to get as much of while I can.
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Nice beer. Light roast, quite a bit of hoppiness. Not much aroma, but a great flavor. I wish it wasnít so expensive around here. Iíd buy it all the time.
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman (1 of 7 kegs in the state I understand). Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lasting tan head. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a cross between an Imperial IPA and a roasty Porter. Loads of citrusy hops in the nose, with a full roasted malt undertone. Other aromas like pine and toffee are present as well. Rich and bitter with a full array of citrusy and piney hops flavors. Toasted malt and chocolate flavors are found too. Slow alcohol burn through it all. The finish is long and bitter with a tasty grapefruit hops finish. Excellent overall. Once again Stone manages to do something unique and enjoyable.
beerbobWFM (17) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This could quite possibly be my favorite
of all the anniversarys I have had(started with 7). It has a nice aroma, some chocolate and carmel scents accented with the presnece of hops...and lots of them. Itís like they hopped up an advetinus or a reall good porter, which in my book is outstanding. The flavor has alot going on, starts with carmel,chocolate, and hints pf maple, tthen the hops kick in and you geat the whole array of citrus,and hints of spruce and it finishes with a nice bitterness.All in all a must try for hop heads, as stone once again pushes the envelope in a great way....
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As advertised, it pours a dark color with a fluffy head. More roasty carmelly chocolate notes than other beers from Stone, but it still has the characteristically big hop flavor. Nice mouthfeel. Like a nice German dark beer with a ton of hops. Unique and enjoyable.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark, with burgundy edges. Lasting tan head and clingy lace. Intriguing, inviting nose alludes to dark chocolate and spruce tips. Full body, but not too thick or syrupy. Nice carbonation to boot. Wonderful symphony of flavors and aromas ... rich chocolate, aromatic pine, juicy citrus, caramel, grass, maple, black licorice, dark fruit, roast ... I didnít think they would, but I found the flavors and aromas in this beer to all meld very well. Hell, even the grapefruit! A healthy amount of bitterness cleaved off the sugary-stark black patent-like sweetness. I really love how Stone pushes the envelope, and this is a perfect example ... which happened to turn out extremely great, in my opinion.
raphael (1043) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
would be great for blind tasting, as who would expect that fresh hope aroma from darkest brown with a grey tan head, but theres a little molasses and oak fragrance, and the mouth knows dark, despite the hops, which do not clash. the dark is not heavy on the roast, more bittersweet chocolate. what so impresses me is the balance here, avoiding extremes of hop and malt flavors, while the total taste with some alcohol and warming, raisin, and still the hops. clean finish.