CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a barely transparent dark copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing tan head. Aroma of faintly piny hoppy and slightly toasty dark caramel malt. I expected the aroma to be hoppier but it’s about average for big IPAs. Starts sweet and dark caramely malty with some grapefruity hop balance and overall pretty drinkable toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A nice dark IPA, but nothing that special.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark IPA, huh? 22 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa. Thanks! Viscous chocolate brown piour with a medium head. Pine and citrus hop aroma. A hint of chocolate maltiness. Very fascinating taste. A big hop profile, citrus, pine, with a rich maltiness. Full body. Very nice.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tom’s UGT Pt. 2.
Thick dark brown with a good beige head. Thick resinous hoppage with an excellent malty backbone. You really wouldn’t think grass and chocolate can mix but here they really do. The dark malt and the characteristic Stone hop profile blend seemlessly and the end result is something rather unique. Hard to describe, very enjoyable to drink. It’s always nice to try something different.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 First rating
Bottle, bomber, thanks to larsniclas!
On June 5, 2010
Very dark red to black color, tan head. Sticky, hoppy, citrus scent. Bitter, hoppy, sweet taste. Soft, smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for Zwanze Day 2011 as well as the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 17, 2011
Clear deep dark red color, close to black color. Lasting fluffy tan to light brown head. Sweet, malty, caramel, citrus, hoppy scent, very fresh. Sweet and caramel taste at first, some fresh hops. Rather fast turns to the bitter side as well as bringing in some roasted notes. Smooth yet to the moussy side mouthfeel. Fairly high bitterness, dry finish.
12 fl oz bottle at Bishops Arms Örebro on May 25, 2013.
Very dark red to black color, big brown head. Hoppy, citrus, roasted scent. Sweet, bitter, hoppy, roasted, citrus taste. Raisin, bitter, hoppy, roasted aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, high bitterness. Noticeable alcohol.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle into tulip. Pours a deep brown almost black with a two-finger tan head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is very powerful: lots of dark fruits, prunes, molasses, dark chocolate, strawberries, and big grapefruit hops that makes for an odd combination like a Belgian Strong Ale and IPA combined. Taste is just that: refreshing grapefruit hops are most prominent but as this warms it becomes more about dates, prunes and then moves to coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, and some smokiness. I really haven’t tried a black IPA before, this is the closest to it and I find it fascinating.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, 11th Anniversary Ale. Poured iced tea brown with a fine cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toffee, brown sugar, and baker’s chocolate paired with grapefruit and toasted pine hoppage.. just a little nutty impression on the back. The flavor had dry, dark chocolate and bitter coffee along with bitter floral and citrusy notes.. long, grainy finish that carried through more bitterness than I expected. Medium-bodied and bitter on the palate with moderate carbonation.. balance was decent, but the finish was too abrasive for my liking.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman (1 of 7 kegs in the state I understand). Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lasting tan head. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a cross between an Imperial IPA and a roasty Porter. Loads of citrusy hops in the nose, with a full roasted malt undertone. Other aromas like pine and toffee are present as well. Rich and bitter with a full array of citrusy and piney hops flavors. Toasted malt and chocolate flavors are found too. Slow alcohol burn through it all. The finish is long and bitter with a tasty grapefruit hops finish. Excellent overall. Once again Stone manages to do something unique and enjoyable.
Fin (6628) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Casey, Tracey and Loz at a great American tasting evening 11-04-08 hosted by Casey and Tracey, cheers mate! Dark chesnut colour and with a great aroma that appears to combine both citrus and chocolate, a bit Terry’s chocolate orange maybe. Tiny light bubbly tan head and the aroma changes with each swish some iodine and seaweed, bit crablike sounds bizarre but its actually really rather nice. Taste hits with a thrusting bitterness and good citrus burst carried along by noticeable alcohol presence, some lovely roasted flavours not so hoppy as I expected, numbs the tongue very slightly, enjoyable.
shrubber85 (6505) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Lemon, peach and pine hops aroma. Murky brown color with large tan head. Sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter pine hops flavor. Damn tasty.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rich garnet-brown beer with a light brown head. Big grapefruit/summer/trpical fruit aroma. Big grapefruit, slight pine, lychee and other tropical fruit flavor with backing darker malt - chocolate and coffee with caramel. LIngering pine and fruit with that darker malt. Medium body. Nice bitterness. Refreshing at first, then the other flavors and the bitterness come at you to make a nice beer.