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 (5307) - 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.
obguthr (5646) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong aroma of thistle and pineapple. Black pour with a thick light brown head. It tastes of charred oak and pineapple, finishing in smoke ,ash, and licorice. Well hopped throughout. This is a very special beer.
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed this flavor bomb at a Stone promo. Poured pitch black with a small dirty white head. Smelled and tasted very hoppy and finished with a sweet malty taste. A very unique and delicious style of beer.
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dutch’s. Poured dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Heavy complex toasted malt,tart citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer that I have additional bottles to try the next three years. Good beer for #2800
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown body with a small tan head, fading. The aroma is catty, tangerine, grapefruit, alcohol and cotton candy. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with citrus fruits like grapefruit and tangerine mixed with a sickening amount of malt sugars, caramel, tea and cotton candy. Medium body is rough on the palate with an astringent and bitter end.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, man this one surprised me, tastes like an IPA pours like a stout looks like a porter, just a delicious meld of flavors, Simcoe hops take presence and make this amazing...
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Black pour, receding but lasting light tan head. No lacing, ring of foam that sticks around for the duration. Nose is huge, hops, resin, pine cones, citrus fruits and malts. Flavor is like sucking on a pine cone, huge hop flavor and bite. The flavor/nose and the appearance are causing my mind to do weird things, they just don’t look like they match! Medium mouthfeel, coating oily palate. Finish is lengthy and full of hoppy goodness. Great beer.
Degarth is crazy. That is all.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
With the hop-lineup this is sporting I couldnt imagine finding it all that great. WRONG. Great muthereffing drink. Hops gone wild in this roasty, full bodied IPA experience. The smooth roasted malt provides a strong, heavy sweet malt base that serves as the backdrop for an overloaded pine, citrus explosion highlighted by the strong dry-hop punch at the end. It does have some fig or plum in there as well. Its hard to dig thru this drink as every layer is piled under a heap of some hop presence.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 shared with brie... I dropped it right after I popped the top. 1/4 of the beer ended up on the ground for the cats to enjoy. This is an IPA that looks like a porter. The dark chocolate malt tastes great with the Stone signature over the top hops. The citrus was strong and made this taste like one of those orange flavored chocolates u get at chrismas... I’m gonna go back and buy a few of these awesome beers.