beeratarian (204) - 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.
firemarshal (203) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at 201 Central - Wesley Chapel, NC. Bready, malty aroma. Good chocolate, coffee, toasted malt flavor. Maybe some citrus hops. Not my style nor my favorite from stone. Good nonetheless.
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.
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..
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared with my brother-in-law. I was pretty excited to have this brew because everything that I have had from Stone has been good. This did not disappoint. Poured a deep brown color with a one finger width tan head and mahogany tints around the edges. I thought I saw a bit of a cascade effect after it was poured also. The aroma consists of dark dried fruit, floral hops, and some sweet notes. The taste had the same characteristics as the aroma with some roasted malt thrown in for good measure. I was surprised with how much hop character I could pick up in this dark brew. It grew even more complex as the beer warmed. On paper, these characteristics may sound a bit weird... but this was a very well balanced brew! Another great product by Stone!
chadje (203) - 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.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Has an almost stout-like appearance with a very dark brown color and a creamy tan head. Very complex aroma that is dominated by floral and citrus hops with sweet, almost burnt caramel and just a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty up front with lots of chocolate, caramel, and some citrus. The sweetness quickly gives way to burnt coffee and bitter floral hops, then fades to a long, bitter finish. Creamy, medium body with soft carbonation. As usual, Stone’s egotistical description is not unwarranted. This one makes me a believer in a style that had previously left me dissappointed.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark plum with tan head. Nose of sweet dark fruits, a touch of smoke, some piney hop notes. Medium body, good carbonation. Some chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of booze, a little chalky. Pleasant musty fruity finish.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex citrus hoppy aroma with hints of chocolate and a prominence of alcohol. Color is dark brown. The slightly syrupy brew slides over the tongue while it is overwhelmed with the complex profile.
brstp (201) - - SEP 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at City Beer Store. Pours a dark brown, no head unfortunately. Aroma is a wham bam thank you ma’am floral hops but eventually gets taken over by the caramel and coffee malt. Big hop bitterness with more of the same caramel and coffee cocoa malt. Very clean finish like the lightest citrus IPA, but with the backbone of a strong porter. Awesome.