GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
OK, First let me qualify the score: A) I’m a BIG fan of Stone’s products and B) I love beers with Simcoe hops! This beer is a WOW!!! I heard/read all the hype before the release and was mildly excited. I remembered the 10th and it was really good. The 11th was beyond my expectations. You open the bottle and the room fills with grapefruit/citrus aromas. Pours black like a good stout, but make no mistake this is NO stout. It’s all IPA! The first sip is an assault on the palate not unlike Ruination with grapefruit and citrus flavors which are explosive on the tongue. You would expect from all these hops that the finish would be bitter and drying, but not so fast. The roasted malts kick in which seem to subdue bitterness and leave you with a little mocha chocolate flavor. A truly fantastic beer! I’m buying a case and trying one every few months to see how it ages or maybe they won’t last that long.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dry piney, citrus hop taste softened by a faint carmel chocalate aspect that reminded me of Founders dark rye. Looks like light stout with wonderfulearth, floral nose. Here’s to: "...de-husked dark malt imported from Germany and American high alpha hop varieties, including Chinook, with Simcoe and Amarillo hops."
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Hop Devil. Very interesting beer. Pours looking like a stout, smells like a very dry, roasty IPA. Citrus hops are very strong, probably more citrusy than any beer I’ve ever smelled. Intense but nice. Roastiness in the flavor is a nice touch, and provides a much more interesting and different malt backbone than the boring amber malts we’ve all been so accustomed to. Very unique and tasty beer.
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black with huge tan frothy head. chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, hop aroma. creamy and bitter. dark fruits, coffee, nutty, almond, mollasses, nutmeg. nicely hopped and well balanced. very enjoyable.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Just wow. I just want to sit and inhale the beer. It smells like it was just brewed today. The flavor and balance are perfect. There’s something different... what is that? Fantastic beer. Buying a case tomorrow.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - Stone really outdid themselves with this one. You crack the bottle and expect to see gold (even though you know it will be dark) and you see a porterish-looking brew with a tan head. Aroma on this one is very fresh and sweet with citrus and pine. Flavor has some sticky-sweet citrus and pine hops, some roasty-sweet malt and maybe some chocolate in there. Really nice mouthfeel - sticky, but smooth. I’m just hoping to hide some from myself and try it again in 3-6 month intervals. Awesome!
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with ruby highlights when held to the light and a medium to large foamy/creamy tan head that left lacing and sustained. Aroma of citrus, hops, floral notes, caramel, Flavor was up front hops, toffee, some roasted notes, mixed citrus, pine, some grapefruit, chocolate notes and lightly smokey. There is a lot of hops in here and this beer is still fresh. Will be interesting to see how this one plays out after the hops mellow and some of the more roasted character comes out.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 On tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Black pour with a sturdy, off white head. The fresh hop aroma gets you right away, piney and citrus. There’s tangerine in the flavor along with a nice smokiness and a perfect use of roasty malts to balance it all out. A nice amount of chocolate is detected towards the end and as it warms. Their best beer since 10.
adrenalinenova (3) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wonderful reproduction of the Stone IPA aromas. If you were to do a blind smell you wouldn’t be able to decide which is which. Full of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and slightly floral. The pour is smooth and heavy. Not much head until I swirl the beer and then a tan head and all the aromas burst out. The initial and mid-flavor is 180 degrees from an IPA, smokey, carmel, chocolate with a small malty sweetness. Finally in the aftertaste you taste those wonderful hops you smelled and with their taste the bitterness also takes the field slowly dominating the malty sweetness. Their is a wonderful juxaposition between the hops/aroma and malt/flavor that will be perfect for any fall or winter evening.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black body with dark brown edges. nice big dark tan head that settles into a thin film and eventually disappears. big piney grapefruit aroma with a hint of toffee and a touch of chocolate. bitter piney grapefruit flavor with a hint of toffee and chocolate. very bitter lasting finish with some toffee notes. finish very dry. alcohol present. medium to full body with a somewhat creamy but lively mouth feel. not bad.....just over the top bitter. it needs more balance and subtlety. im gonna have to age a couple of these for a year or two just to see if this stuff gets a little more balanced.