adsynth (2) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2006 does not count
High gravity with 10% ABV, the balance is right on (akin to Stone’s Double Bastard).
The nose carries pine resins with more fruit than flower notes.
The color is darker than average IPA due to the toasted/roasted malts. Rusty amber.
The carbonation is lighter due to high ABV. (my type of low "carb" beer)
The taste is malt rich sherpa carrying a load of complex hops to the summit of your palate.
I can’t wait to cellar a few of these. phiconners (152) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Nice pour with moderate head. Aroma is fantastic for an IPA, lots of hops coming through. Flavor is very interesting - more malt coming through than I expected, but a ton of hops as well. Alcohol comes through just a bit. A fantastic beer. Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 Amber/copper color...fruity floral aroma..instantly creamy mouthfeel followed by a hoppy lingering finish...the head surely holds its own...its nice to drink a beer that leaves you wanting more...an individual whom will be un-named loved it so much they shat themselves..... IrishBoy (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
BILL SHERWOOD BOTTLE BY WAY OF ENNISKILLEN; Odeeds tasting party 9/27/06; Nose was nice hoppy with pine and citrus; copper color, small white head; Flavor was hoppy with lots of citrus, some alcohol showed in the beginning but disappeared as it warmed; nice bitter finish. adrian910ss (2606) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 31, 2006
22 oz bomber, nice looking bottle. Pours an orange amber color with a medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is floral and fruity,primarily mango, with plenty of piney and hoppy overtones to it. Taste is very hoppy with piney,floral and simcoe hops present all over the place. Mango is detected along with a hint of grapefruit. Very enjoyable and smooth. Easy to drink. Id rank this right behind Dreadnaught as the finest Double IPA out there and Stone’s finest moment to date.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2006
WHAT GREAT TIMING FOR MY CENTURY MARK!!! The long awaited has finally arrived on the other coast. Virginia’s Bon Vivant has 2 left, I have the rest. An opaque, reddish-orange brew with a few tiny bubbles slowly gliding up to the foamy white head. Ahh, a very potent, pineappley sweet, hoppy aroma, like you are in a citrus market. Taste, wow, this medium bodied brew enlightens you with notes of oranges fresh off the tree, with a slight syrup like consistancy as it gently warms your soul. Stone has combined the perfect collection of the most divine, splendid hops, which combine characteristics perfectly to illuminate your senses. A hopheads dream. I wish Stone would celebrate anniversaries more often. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Wow. Pours a deep orange color with a medium white head. The smell is out of this world. Very fresh and pungeant hop aroma. It smells like taking a hop cone from the vine, smashing it in your fingers, and smelling the aroma. Citric, pine, sweet cherry/dark fruit, and a slight alcohol in the aroma. Very balanced flavor. Heavy in hop flavor, but sweet malt flavor and bitterness balance this out nicely. Alcohol is very subtle.Sticky on the lips. I had a Dreadnaught last night, and can’t say I would chose one over the other. Awesome!!!!!!!& Braudog (6907) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
I immediately salivated when I saw this awesome painted bottle on a shelf in Colorado ... This poured dark, yet glimmeringly orange with a big rocky top. It gave a big fruity-malt aroma. Wow ... this is a chewy one ... almost liquid granola. Big earthy and leafy, full of hop oil. Big, big beer from a big, big brewer. Awesome. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 I have had a few bottles of this, plus had it on tap. This is simply a fantastic double IPA! Count me in on wanting them to make this a regular release. Full hop aroma and flavor dance on my taste buds. It has all the great character of the best DIPA’s. They describe it as colossal and i agree. I’m glad I bought a case when it was released so I can periodically enjoy this masterful piece of work. WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Pours an opaque orange amber color. Thin off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is complex, with dominant citrus and floral hop notes. Flavor is even more complex, with some very sweet caramel notes balancing out the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly viscous but very smooth and hides the alcohol well. Absolutely outstanding. I can only imagine what it would have been like fresh.