c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another delicious Stone offering. Great combo of smoke, coffee, hops, citrus, carbonation, and cherry. Wonderful year round brew thatís hearty enough for Winter, yet smooth and crisp enough for Summer.
cafgen (192) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Nice dark color with a nice roasted color head. Aroma is pine, citrus, hoppy and a slight sweetnes. Taste is pine and hoppy. Very smooth. Definitely try it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lanchester (191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled randomly on tap at the Dieu du Ciel brewpub in Montreal. Poured a jet black with a dense tan head, leaving behind some very decorative lacing. Aroma is a penetrating resinous and piny character, very inviting. Flavor is a nicely balanced, sweetness from the malts curbing the strong hop character enough to make this fairly easy drinking for the style. Slightly syrupy on the palate, though this is offset by the mildly prickly carbonation. Finishes very hoppy, coats the palate with enough hop resins to leave a lingering aroma several minutes after drinking. Well done!
Lupulucid (189) - - MAY 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Somewhat subtle malty aroma belies an intense hop character in the palate. Amazing hop flavors eventually give way to bitterness and malt. This is in many ways several beers rolled into one.
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with an inch of head. Smells of piney hops. Tastes like I bit into a fresh strawberry. It was served too cold and it muted the malty character. I didnít enjoy this out of bottle, but itís much better on tap
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hoppy aroma is so intense, youíre eyes will water. Just behind it is a malt that smells similar to a strong rye bread. The mixture of the two sensations is unusual and amazing. The head is off-white and fades after a time. The brew is a dark caramel, letting only the slightest light pass through. The taste is unapologetic in its extreme hoppyness. The maltís rye quality is right there to back it up. Silky and milky on the palate, the bitterness of the hops continues into the aftertaste, but does not take anything away from your enjoyment.
xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark earthy brew. Pours dark and has a carmel colored thick head. Semi sweet chocolate under-tones, very enjoyable
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. One of the most interesting beers Iíve had. You expect one thing and get something COMPLETELY different. Pours dark brown/black with a full tan head. Aroma is very hoppy (piney and fruity). Sharp hop bite at the start (grapefruits). Small chocolate in the middle and a long bitter finish. I have another bottle and am interested to see what itís like in a year or so.
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark brown with caramel colored head. Aroma of molasses, a bit of spice, and some pine. Flavor matches aroma.
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It ainít bragging if you can back it up and thatís what Stone has done. Would one think it weird if it was called a midnight IPA? Big aroma of malty chocolate and fruit. First impression is one of bitter chocolate malt followed by a judicious hop bite. Very creamy mouth akin to a nice imperial stout. Another home run by one of my favorite breweries.