tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve had this beer twice. The second time was much better than the first, so Iím glad I resampled at a recent homebrew club meeting. My first impression was that itís not even remotely related to an IPA; my second taste provided the IPA style I longed for in the first round. Just think IPA with dark, roasty malts added!
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
damn near perfect. too bad i only found two bottles. drinking one now, gonna age the other. thanks stone.
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep dark brown color, and has a great hoppy aroma. Also has a great full bodied feel in the mouth, and a slightly bitter finish (which I always appreciate in a beer).
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Poured a dark brown to black with a small tan head that lingers throughout.
S - Lots of roasted chocolate
T - Again chocolate comes through along with a nice bittering from the hops. Finishes with a strong bitter hop taste with a slight warm alcohol tinge.
M - Fairly light, but good carbonation. Not too heavy, but does have a good thickness to it.
D - Another great beer from Stone. Not an overally complex beer, but it goes down pretty smooth and if you like a chocolate profile youíll like this one.
Handypaul (162) - - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a big beige creamy! head that leaves great lacing. aroma of chocolate, burnt malts. Flavor of the same with nuts and a roasty smoky bitterness. Average carbonation, oily texture, medium body, heavy sweet and bitterness and a long bitter finish.
brewballs (162) - USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I am yet to be disappointed with a Stone until now. I tried this one on a whim. It has a spicy aroma to it but not the usual scent iím accustomed to. It has a bitterness to it that is too overwhelming. Itís too simplistic. You drink it but then feel its burn. There is nothing more or less than that. In my opinion I say skip it and get a Hoptimum with a higher ABV.
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better beers Iíve ever tasted.
Poured very dark brown with a creamy white head.
Aroma of hops and molasses.
Very smooth initially with wonderful flavor, followed by a bitter finish.
KAME (160) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes, this beer is actually pretty good. The appearance does not match the liquid in the glass. It smells like a lightly roasted, piney IPA with hints of chocolate, orange peal, and noticeable alcohol undertones. It tastes like a bitter strong ale with a nice malt backbone. As it warms, the alcohol definitely comes into the picture, but its rather tolerable.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Almost black with a large tan head that leaves some lacing once itís gone down a bit. Aroma is strong, very hoppy and citrusy like a nice IPA, but then it has a subtle roasty character to it. Great flavor, again very bitter and hoppy, but with a subtle roasted maltiness that comes out mostly in the finish. Interesting beer, good choice for an anniversary ale I think.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/Black with thick tan head. Aroma is hops,alcohol and bitter chocolate. Flavor was the same very bitter with a licorice finish.