thewolf (12635) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
Bottle, bought Systembolaget, Malmö.GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010
Pours brown, holding it up in the light, it gets a lovely dark red colour. Relatively large creamy to frothy, beige head. Good duration. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, fruity, peach, grapefruit. Fine chocolate and roasted malts background. Medium carbonation, lovely dryness and fine creaminess. Flavour is rather vinious at first, lots of mild roasted malts, dark chocolate. Heavy dry bitterness in the end. Good piney, light citric, good peach. There is a slight hint of a metallic edge in the dry and warming aftertaste that detracts a bit.
Had not intended opening this on such a bright a sunny day. I bumped it when shifting stuff and when the cap started hissing, I knew that I had no choice. Pour is clear dark reddish-brown with a dense rich tan head. Nose is ginger, molasses and the unmistakable floral hops. Initial sip is rich and coats the mouth and the teeth evenly. Slight sweetness which immediately turns to bitter. As I swallow the bitter subsides again revealing the sweet with bitter finishes. Rolling it around brings out a slight sourness. Rolling it also brings out tar and tobacco. A big beer which I think would have been better on a winter day. Good but I generally like a little better balance, not quit such a tug of war. gunnfryd (14988) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2010
Bottle at RBNAG-2009. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is hop, alcohol, grapefruit, caramel. Flavour is grapefruit, fruit, malt, alcohol, caramel, hop. full body. Nice beer. brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bomber. This is dark brown with a small head. Yep, this sure is hoppy. Rather than the typical blast of citrus I associate with Stone, this is more of an herbal/melon hop profile. By aroma I think barleywine. It has that toffee sweetness going on for sure. The palate is very thick and this is a bitter, dry beer without question. It’s woody, earthy, with hints of toffee and pineapple with a lingering dry, hoppy finish. It’s a savory and well made beer. yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
Bottle, 22oz. It’s a reddish brown beer, clear, and topped by a two-finger off-white head leaving curtains. Wonderful piney hops, fluor, resin and beef-stocky sweet malts. Hops dominates the flavor too, with sweet, beefstock-like malts doing the groundwork. Full-bodied, almost astringently bitter, and slightly sticky form the sweetness. Lasting, bitter finish. My favorite teenager so far. 091107
Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2010
Pours a deep brown color with red hues. Average tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, hops, caramel. The taste is bitter up front and balanced by the malts in the brew. Some toffee flavor and then the hops take over again in the finish. Warming alcohol and full on the palate. This is a pretty great offering from Stone. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
Draft at Twisted Spoke. Pours a dark red/brown with a golden head. Nose is very aromatic with notes of caramel and toffee coupled with resiny/piney hops. On taste, soft bitterness that feeds into the piney notes. This is all propped up by the chewy body. Very clean and nicely balanced. Tasty. BVery (10617) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at Toronado. Very deep red-brown pour. Big foamy white head. Aroma is resin, pine, caramel, and hop. Taste is very creamy and malty, caramel and malty. Fantastic. italianjohn (3163) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Dark amber reddish pour off white head light lacing .... aroma of caramel and citrusy hops ...... taste of toffee and caramel very malty with lots of citrusy and bitter hops finishes dry with a long aftertaste .... abv hidden well and its very flavor intense .... pretty rich beer coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Bottle thanks to MrBunn. Apparently they didnt distribute to Michigan judgin by the suck ass stores here. Pours a red body with a tan head. Sweet grapefruit, toffee and some citrus high lights. Strong bitter hoppy finish with a modest alcohol warming. Borderline Barleywine to me. Very good.