hiddenvariable (209) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing. smell is huge floral and citrus hops that mingle with the malt and give off a bit of bubblegum, orange, and grapefruit. taste is suprisingly malty for that huge hop nose. the hops are still there in a big way, but now they mix with a sort of chocolate milkshake malt flavor, which ends up tasting a bit breadlike. very yummy. big dry bitter finish and a medium body with a good amount of carbonation give a pleasant tingling sensation that lasts for a while. it’s, much like they say, a deep and complex beer that is unlike any i’ve had. another great beer from stone.
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark with a thick, multi-leveled foam that sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is piney with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is rich and dry.
beeratarian (208) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip.
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle for 4 bucks. Pours black with an amber hue and a huge tan head. Aroma is mostly a strong floral hop with some fruit, vanilla and caramel malt underneath. Taste is pretty much exclusively hop flavors; pine and floral. Not much finish on this one to speak of either. Body is average, average carbonation. I’m not really tasting any of the malt flavors in this one. It kinda just tastes like an IPA to me. Not bad by any stretch but it hasn’t blown me away either.
chadje (206) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black color with a nice tan head. A very strong hop scent with some citrus which was surprising from a black beer. The taste is of an IPA and the aftertaste is a sour/sweet grapefruit type of after taste. A full bodied beer that is very good.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with a thin beige head. Sweet roasty caramel malts as well as a load of piney, citusy hops. Pretty complex but the flavors really compliment each other. Great smooth body and soft carbonation. Long bitter finish. Delicious.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Stone 11th Anniversary, bottled 2007.)
Pours deep deep dark brown, almost pitch black with a medium tan head. Very hoppy aroma, citrussy and floral. Elements of dark roasted malt and toffee and coffee.
Medium full body with good carbonation.
Flavor starts with sharp hop bite, and then the floral character of the hops open up, followed by bitterness both from the hops and the dark roast. Very obvious dark bitter coffee and a slight sweetness of toffee. Finishes with a lasting dry bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Great combination of hoppy and dark roast bitterness.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of thick smokey malt with a spicy hop smell on the back end. The appearance is thick and very dark brown with a very small head. Taste is smokey and full of hops on the back end. It is a very well balanced beer . The first taste that I get is the malt and that is followed by a surge of bittering hops. I love this beer, I haven’t found another Cascadian dark ale that I like as much. Please if you have any recommendations, send them my way
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chocolate almost espresso type color with the coca cola caramel head.. The aroma is very intriguing.. I get the hoppiness but then as someone in an earlier rating pointed out, I get a faint sense of horseradish, a little sting to the nose that nudges the aroma along.. Initial hit to the palate is pure stone.. I mean forget the color, this is not a malt dominated ale, this thing hops like a rabbit wearing springs.. A bitter pine, earthy hop, with some roasted, toasty flavoring at the end. the first sip was overpowering and surprising but it settles in nicely as it warms.. The bitterness lingers a little too long for my likeing but I know thats just stone tagging their name.. I almost feel as though my palate has still yet to mature to the level where I can truly appreciate a complex ale such as this.. Ill have to review it another year or so.... another innovative ale from stone, this thing really has no catergory but is definitely enjoyable..
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this has mellowed a bit since i sampled it on tap at stone brewing world bistro gardens back in january. the complexity is coming through nicely.
it looks like a porter with a hind of red. lls of dark ripe fruit....lots of character in the nose, a hint of tobbacco maybe licorice.
high acidity, big body, this beer has a delightfully long chewy finish while somehow remaining refreshing even at the high abv.