ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
I love Stone. I bought a case the day it arrived in the store! Big dark pour with nice one finger thick and chewy head. Huge hop aroma. Flavors of sweet malt and toffee that ends with a robust and balanced hop coating and finish. A mild alcohol aftertaste. Great beer, will drink it as long as I can find it. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2009
The thirteenth rater of this beer. Oh boy! Huge nose of pine and citrus, some leafy notes, caramel malts some toffee sweetness as well. Pours a nice reddish amber with a full head. Great looking beer with a cascading head in my thizzle glass. Lots of piney resins up front which moves in to a full caramel sweetness, perhaps a touch of chocolate I thought. The sweetness segues into a agressive citrus bitterness that rounds out the finish. Very fresh tasting, lots of hop flavors and resins. Dry and sticky icky, and almost dangerously drinkable for 9.5% BarrelRoller (15) - USA - JUL 2, 2009
another great beer from the "hit" factory. Big,bold,aggressive, just what us SoCal drinkers expect from the Stone brew crew. Hop character is huge but still glimpses of caramel and toffee malt come through. Hop resin lingers on forever.... scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Mmmmmboy. I’m seriously excited. Giddy. Deep mahogany reddish brown and a stubborn sticky tan head. Grassy pine aroma, hops everywhere, I’m expecting their flavor to come bursting out. Initial burst of hops is quickly met and replaced by a creamy caramel sweetness, though only temporarily. I usually don’t dig these hoppy beers with profound crystal malts, but this works for me. Maybe I’m just a whore for stone. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2009
I smiled when I saw how deep almost ruby colored it was. The head had great sustain and linger. I smelled the beast and I was still grinning. The play on malt and hops is nice. Full body and luscious with superb carbonation. This brew is malty sweet with a freshness about it. The hops are defined. The finish lingers. Over the top indeed.
can8ianben (1545) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Aroma of pine and cherries. Appearance is dark brown, but with a reddish tint if it is held up to the light. Flavor is bold - a strong malt fruity sweetness up front with a touch of alcohol and an incredibly musty dry finish. Reminds me of a combination of a Belgian Double that has been west coast hopped. Interesting beer, but probably not my favorite Stone offering. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bomber from Tops Liquors in Tempe AZ.
Pours a rich dark copper into my dogfish head snifter with a large tan head with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is aromantic hops, resiny pine, caramel malt, grapefruit, pineapple. Flavor is piney resinous citrusy oily hops with a extremely bitter bite being balanced out by a ton of caramel malt.Once the malt loses the battle to the monstrous hops it finishes with a full palate assault of a bitter resiny piney hop finish that lingers.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Hop Torture, and I like it.
Thank you Stone May I have another!
22oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep, clear copper that looks like a dark, opaque brown in the glass. There’s a big, frothy tan head that sticks around as a small cap and leaves decent lacing.
The aroma is massively hopped, dominated mostly by bright, sweet citrus in the form on oranges, tangerines, grapefuits and some oranges. A very bitter hoppy aroma with a bit of malty sweetness if you really look for it, but not much.
The taste is much the same as the aroma and possibly even more hoppy (not necessarily a bad thing). The initial taste is of the citrus hops, especially grapefruit, before a faint malty sweetness makes an attempt to push through the hops. It is ultimately unsuccessful as the finish is scathingly bitter with pine hops providing the most bite.
The mouthfeel is sticky with hop oils and on the fuller side of things as body goes. It’s got plenty of carbonation and generally a fantastic mouthfeel overall.
This is definitely a massively hopped amber. I personally prefer a slightly more balanced hoppy red (e.g. fresh Big Hoppy Monster) where the malts are more of a factor. That said, this is an excellent beer and I’m looking forward to keeping a couple bottles to see what a little time might do to balance things out a little. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
20 oz bomber...6th rating. Pours with a large tan head over a pretty ruby body with tons of citrus and pine hops in the aroma. Some bready caramel as well and a sort of nostril stingy, sticky bitterness/alcoholness. Taste is burnt brown sugar, orange, light alcohol, medium to high bitterness and a long butterscotch finish. Light carbonation and creamy. A excellent imperial red. I am realizing that my Arrogant Bastard inspired homebrew is much closer to this than it is to AB. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pour from a 22 oz bomber. Dark ruby red hues with an off white head. Nice citrus aromas with a touch of sweetness. Medium to full body with fairly low carbonation. Mild alcohol warming. Deep sugary caramel maltiness with a strong hoppy bitterness. Super well balanced. Finish is quite dry with a long tasty bitter finish. Very tasty and well executed brew. Definitely a top 3 Imperial Red in my book.