mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a tan head. Aroma is almost entirely pine with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is dominated by bitterness. Grapefruit runs from beginning to end. There is a decent amount of toasty/caramel malt, but not nearly enough to balance out the huge hop presence. Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth carbonation. Complete hop monster and I have no problem with that. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 Bomber from Casa De Oro. Super deep amber/ruby in color. Very crisp aroma. Some sweetness and a lot of citrus. Very hopped up. Lots of bitter grapefruit. A decent amount of malt character as well. Good stuff.
2012 rating. Dark fruit like raisin dominate. Getting pretty sweet. Hops are still there, but are really starting to take a back seat. Maybe an old ale sort of taste going on now. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bomber. Pours deep dark mahogany with a one finger beige head that has slick lacing that doesn’t really stick. The nose is citrus, pine and caramel. The taste is tart citrus, caramel malt and a big pine bite in the finish that lasts. Medium mouthfeel. Good stuff – nice and hoppy and the 9.5 ABV is hidden nicely! HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Deep, burgundy pour with an offwhite, thick head sitting atop. Citrus aroma with some sugary malts, a bit of cedar. Big hop bite, some pine and a light mintiness. The caramel malts attempt in vain to balance this out. This is a strongly bitter, full bodied, monster of a strong ale. CaryThedude called the arrogant bastard without the arrogance. I guess It’s a tad one dimensional, but you know what you’re getting into when you see stone on the label. BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
My 200th review. It’s always interesting with Stone. This is more brown than red upon pour - huge lush head that just stays there... Aroma is not overly noticeable - a little piney and hint of caramel. Malt balance is very good for an imperial red - probably the best I’ve had in the styel. Hops are really strong. Doesn’t quite have the citrus flavor of a DIPA (which it is not, obviously). Good one, Stone.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Aroma: hoppy, piney. Appearance: dark amber, almost brownish, medium beige head. Flavor: wow. big hops, pine, orange. Hops flavor grows significantly from start to finish. Lingering hops, alcohol heat. Definitely 90-100 IBUs easy. Palate: dry start and just gets dryer toward finish. Overall: If you love big hops this beer is for you. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Dark garnet red with a fizzy tan head. Huge citrus, pine, and resin aroma. Sticky thick oily palate. Big hop oil, grapefruit, slight sugar, and caramel taste with more hops lingering in the finish. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Deep amber, long lasting creamy head, clear. Aroma is resiny pine and grapefruit citric hops with a toffee caramel malt component. Flavor matches - sticky malts, bitter hop finish with notes of pine, grapefruit, and faint anise. Not the "fresh" hop flavor I really dig from what I like best from Stone, but a good brew nonetheless. Touch of alcohol on the finish. Might have enough malt to go barleywine with time. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle from BevMo Redlands..Pours a dark red with a creamy off white head.. Aroma is pine hops and lots of them with a slight caramel sweetness.. Like Bretupdegraff said when this one warms it gets alot better. As it warmed I got alot more of the malty sweetness with citrus hops. Long lasting grapefruit bitterness. Another crazy ass beer from Stone. bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Yum! Aroma is piney, grassy hops. Taste is very hoppy and earthy with a nice malt undertone mix. Well balanced. Gets better as it warms. Drink this one slowly.