RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís interesting to taste this beer, itís boozy, hoppy and has a lingering bitterness to it. It also has a bit of an oily texture, pretty good, not a 100 though.
Christpuncher (2093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark beer that would make you think it is a stout. Nicely bitter and hoppy. Once again stone always makes a great product
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavily skewed towards the hop end. Bitter, lots of clear additions. Itís great but I think thereís a bit of stones reputation figuring into that 100 rating. Not too balanced, but a nice bite with a hint of roasted malt.
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Dark roasted malt, espresso and an odd mosquito-spray smell - my guess is the hops.
Appearance:Black with a small tan head.
Flavor: Roasted malt and caramel - moderately sweet.
Palate: Full bodied with soft carbonation and a silky texture.
Overall: Very impressed with how well balanced it is for the typically unbalanced style.
Cbuk1013 (246) - 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 itís definitely over hyped. Like many of Stoneís beers.
The_Osprey (3507) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Cold bottle from Brewdog. BB Sep 2013. Black, small tan head. Up front there is resin, grapefruit, some coffee detectable. Finish is chocolatey. I donít have much to say about it because there isnít much complexity, but it is a nice black IPA. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness.
MiP (14488) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at BBF13. Caramelly aroma, a little alcohol. Very dark brown colour, seems cloudy. Good caramelly flavour. Quite bitter and quite alcoholic, but well-balanced. Sweetish with a spicy hop note. Good.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 Rerate march 13, 2012. Much better this time. Nice hops and roastiness.
Sampled at the Stone 11th party.
Dark brown with red highlights, this is IPA meets porter. bitter and very very very dry, not my cup of tea
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Ah so it goes that this is an alias, and i just tried the new sublimely self rightoues version and it was pretty nice.
2nd sample Stone Anniversary Fest XI. On Cask dry hopped with simcoe and summit hops. Pours dark dark black with a 1 finger creamy head. The nose was very nice, with prickly hops. Very smooth and sweet taste, not overly bitter. Damn nice anniversary brew.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large, foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, resiny hops with a strong malt background. A bit of chalkiness. Warmer temperature reveal a fruity smell, some citrus. I want to say there is a roasty or chocolate aroma but I think thatís just a strange synaesthetic response to the appearance. Without looking at the beer this could pass as a normal strong, balanced IPA or IIPA. Taste is different. Interesting and unique. Not too bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. I donít even know how to describe the taste really. Thereís definitely some roastiness in the finish, though subtle. The hops present in the aroma donít present themselves in the taste too much. Weird beer. This is good though.