kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark cola color; light tan head with solid retention and lacing. Piney and citrus hops in the aroma, with a nice wet resiny character to the pine; the malt presence is underplayed at this point, showing only mild licorice and dull caramel notes; you can get from aroma alone that this will benefit with some age behind it. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this feels kind of tight and tannic in the mouth at first, with a sharp pine / citrus hoppiness and a very reserved malt presence; taste follows the nose; there’s some watery coffee and roasted malts in there, but this just doesn’t come together quite yet; the malt’s weak and the hops are slightly astringent; an unremarkable american strong ale. Give it some time. Medium, piney hop and cola finish; dry and mildly astringent towards the end.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured black with a thick, rich brown head.
Aroma is hops and pine and grapefruit.
Flavor is rich, light malts hops and a slight roasty chocolate flavor on the palate.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Beer is very dark brown, clear. Head is smaller, frothy, white, light brown. Mostly lasts.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, lighter notes of caramel and biscuit; Heavily hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit oil, moderate herbal; Yeasty with a light note of doughy basement; Light plummy note.<P>The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet, trace acidic finish.<P>The body is medium/full, the texture is watery/syrupy and the carbonation is lively.<P>Hop stomp.
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, husks), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Well, Stone has ruined another beer, it seems. The 11th Anniversary was a decent one, a 3.6 for me. Now it’s very sour and dirty tasting, with some rough malt character in the nose. WTF happened?!
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love this stuff. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a creamy off-white head. Cascade hops, some resin, dry pine needles, some earthy leaves and wood. Clean, dry hop bite. Roasty, burnt coffee-like maltiness mixes well. This is the first time I have ever had such a blend. Kind of like an over-hopped porter. Worked out nicely.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Bottle, Deep brown with off-white/tannish head. very roasty flavor, ot malty sweet but grainy. a decent hop aroma. The unique combination of grains and malts with IPA style hopping had me expecting more. it has an over abundance of hop bitterness without enough hop flavor/complexity to balance the bitterness. It is an ok beer worth trying, but didn’t blow me away.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Deep brownish black head with big, 3-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy wet hops, dark malt...the aroma is a tad Gonzoish and Alpha Klausy in this. The taste is rich, dark malty, decently complex, with a lot of hop flavors matching the malt. This one is good, but did not blow me away.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Bottle: Pours a very deep brown, but in the light you can see some blood-red at the edges. The head is dense, tan colored and consistent. The aroma is huge! Pungent cascades, resiny, grapefruit, fresh pine needles, lemon, the full west-coast hop scale. Velvety mouth feel. Extremely resiny flavor. Fresh whole hop leaf is nice and assertive. Has a great lemony fruit middle with plenty of grapefruit bitterness. The malt is present, but is just enough to supply a rich body without being sweet or full of caramel like many ASAs. This allows you to appreciate the hops without it being complete hop juice. The finish is long and piny. The alcohol is also very well hidden. This is a great ASA with an assertive hop depth and a creamy body to balance. Nice job!
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the citrusy-piney aroma and taste and, most importantly, the fiery manifesto on the bottle, you know it’s an IPA constructed from the finest ingredients known to mankind, right here, and right now. From the rest of it, you are given unconventional cues about which you have to exercise your own mind and judgment. Are you Worthy? ’Fraid not. 4.8 out of 5. You’re just gonna have to trust me on this one.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent stuff. This is the best beer that I have had from Stone in quite awhile. The aroma and flavor are loaded with hops. There is some really nice sweetness that balances the hoppy bitterness. Damn fine and damn drinkable.