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 (3244) - Meridian, 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 (12854) - 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!
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at the lazy boy. Poured a very dark amber hue with a thin off white head which had decent lacing. Aroma was mostly hops, mainly pine like, however there were notes rich caramel notes. The flavor was similar to its aroma, it seemed a little more maltier then the aroma indicated. Overall it was good, but it never really seemed unique too me.
EricDanger (23) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone did it again. Great IPA. Its a nice change up from the ruination or the rgular IPA....little darker, litttle heavier, but with a much more complex flavor. Give it a shot of your a fan of big bad american IPA.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown amber, shades of deep purple. Very nice head, off white, foamy fluffy and retains well. Crazy hoppy, very bitter hops but when lingers it isn’t bad. Still flavorful. Aroma strong malts with dark fruits. Taste is very hoppy but with a nice malt syrupy body. Taste of well done biscuits and some wood.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark red with a thin but resolute head. Big resinous nose with grapefruit, pineapple, mango and pine. Fairly well straight IPA in flavor with little in the way of dark malt flavor. And nice it is in hop flavor too. Very tropical fruit and tongue coating. Big, satisfying, bitter finish with no harshness, that matches the hops flavor perfectly. Well executed and unique beer though I could probably just add some black food coloring to my favorite IPA and get a similar result.
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 it’s 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 let’s 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 wasn’t crazy about the 10th, but this is a beaut - a true hophead dream. Excellent.
3fourths (8982) - 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... it’s actually quite good when fresh. probably in the 3.5-3.8 range.