acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours opaque brown with a nice light tan head. Stong hoppy nose, which almost tilts towards penicillin for me. There are other things in there, including roasty malts. I can see how for somebody whose nose doesn’t associate that smell with penicillin it would be very interesting and alluring, but for me it was a warning bell. In the mouth, the warning was on target. It’s not as bad as, say the Goose Island IIPA, which was undrinkable, but for me it was distracting. I understand how people like this one, but I would take a 10th any day before this.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased for $6 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a dark brown with little head but decent lacing. Hoppy aroma. Flavour is nicely hoppy with some lasting bitterness. Well balanced with a decent malt backbone. However, not all that different from a "normal" IPA. Good, but not extraordinary.
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with creamy tan head. Smells of hops and malts. Tastes of hops, bitter, malts, and alcohol. Has medium carbonation and long bitter.
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 (247) - 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.
jh773 (247) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells a little hoppy with light notes of bread. Taste is slightly bitter with vague coffee notes and rye. Pleasantly carbonated. More subtle than I expected and very good.
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.
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.
One2remeber (245) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, enjoy by 02/27/2014.
Prominent hop nose, fruity pepples, orange, light burnt/smoky.
Heavy citrus orange. Softer grain mouthfeel, perhaps oat, rounds out the smokiness.
Clean leafy hop oil resinous taste and aroma.
One of my all-time favorites. Clean, pronounced hoppiness,
CopterScott (245) - Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with thin off-white head. aroma is roasty malts and pine. Flavor is dark chocolate, dark fruit, roast, and pine. This has a great, complex flavor.