nittanytide (247) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep, dark brown with a foamy half-finger head that left lacing down the glass. Aroma is complex: coffee, charcoal, bitter hops. Taste is coffee, charcoal and a little bit of orange rind. Well done!
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a nice 1/2" thick white head. Smells of citrus, dark chocolate, pine and cut grass. Dark roasted malts,chocolate, coffee, grapefruit, pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is long and well balanced between the roasted bitterness and the hoppy bitterness.
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good beer but it’s definitely over hyped. Like many of Stone’s beers.
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bottled, consumed on 11/2/07. Cola colored pour, modest tan head with excellent retention and plenty of bubbles. Smoky, piny aroma: reminds me of a robustly hopped porter in the nostrils. Nicely chewy in the mouth. When served cold, hops are assetive in this beer, easily the strongest flavor. There are some faint suggestions of bread and honey mixed in there, but this is a hophead’s brew. As it warms, balance appears, allowing a stronger malt profile to emerge. Reminds of pumpernickel bread or a dash of mocha. Strong as it leaves the mouth with a lasting bitter finish.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11th Anny on-tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Pours a dark black, with little head. Smells is an unmatched combination of roasted coffee and hops. Taste follows this. It finishes clean and hoppy, but the body is full and rich sweet coffee. A treat for your tongue.
grimreaperguru (245) - santee, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an almost jet black with a tan head.The aroma is of strong hops and roasted malts.The flavor is of sweet malt up front with bitter hops at the end.Got a nice bitter finish.Overall one of thew best from Stone.
RyanK (245) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz! from the stone mix pack best by 5/27 tasted 4/22. Pours black but is penetrable by light, has a foamy tan head slow to subside. Smells like a black IPA chinook hops roasted malt. Taste of malty bitterness followed by dry hoppy bitterness. Plenty of bite and no alcohol taste at almost 9% I gotta give this beer credit. Plenty of bitterness and bite should most definitely appeal to fans of this style, but not to the faint of heart.
Obfuscate (243) - Minneapolis, - DEC 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black in color, smells very hoppy but you also get the lighter roasted malts and some dark fruit, slight chocolate. Classic Stone bitterness but smoothed out a bit. Easy drinking for 8.7%
Beerandhockey8 (243) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 22oz bottle to shaker. Pours very dark copper, thick tan head. Smell is strangely hoppy for the darkness, also notes of coffee and malt. Taste is bitter, full complex body with light carbonation. First Stone brew I’ve had, very impressive.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice black with a nice tan head and some lace. Aroma is of citrus, citrus hops, notes of orange, rosated malts, resin and wood. West coast hops, orange, roasted malts, some carbonation and a little alcohol bite.