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 wasn’t so expensive around here. I’d buy it all the time.
Dogbrick (9439) - 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. It’s 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 (3489) - 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 didn’t 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 (1015) - 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.
757HopHead (12) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer. Hops like an IPA, finishes like a porter. Pretty wierd how that works, but it is a great combo. Long lasting 1/4 inch head with nice lacing throughout consumption. Smell is of IPA, with the look of a porter. Will buy again while it lasts. My father from VA has to try this!
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW! Stone not only knows beer, but really knows IPA’s. What a change from last year. This one was surprisingly more awesome then I had hoped for. Looks like a porter, dark brown, with a light brown head. Pours like a stout, beautiful, teasing cascading affect. Taste like an IIPA. WOW! Strong citrusy grapefruit aroma, intense bitter pineyness and incredible citrus flavor. Dry, dry, dry finish, great bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink and incredibly satisfying for you hopheads.
cheap (4569) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at the Vintage Estates Octoberfest Beer Tasting Festival in Boardman Ohio. Smells quite hoppy but does not look like an IPA. It seems to look like a porter or a stout. Taste impact is quite IPA-ish. I’m puzzled because its a dark beer that tastes like IPA. Not only IPA, but possibly even the taste of an imperial IPA. Now I feel flavors of imp stout peaking thru. How confusing. Barely any carbonation in this brew. OK, this must be why its an American Strong Ale on this site. Strong alky presence in your face. Finish is bitter lingering combination of IPA and imp stout. Will not buy again, too much for my girlie lager loven taste buds.