argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 10/31/09, 22oz bottle. Hazy cola-brown body topped by small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, caramel/chocolate, some grapefruit, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, chocolate, grapefruit, some caramel, alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, light resin. 7/3/8/4/15
9/26/09, 22oz bottle. Hazy dark red-brown body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, some spice. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, chocolate, some caramel, grapefruit. Medium-full body, light acidity, fairly smooth. 7/3/8/4/15 Desverger (13667) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - dark brown pour with beige head. aroma and taste is sweet malty, caramel, toffee, nice mouthfeel, decent drop. j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a light hazy brown with a thin tanned beige head. Big pine hops with a thick malt backbone. Nice caramel notes, and perhaps even a hint of barleywine-esque plum/dark fruit. A little bit on the thin side of medium. Malty and sweet, but well balanced, finishing with a big grapefruit and quinine bitterness. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2009
(Draught) Pours a clear mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of pine, roasted malt, caramel, bread, and citrus. Flavor of roasted malt, hops (pine, grapefruit), and caramel with a bitter finish. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2009
22oz bottle. Poured a deep reddish brown color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, floral, with some toasted nuttiness. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
slowrunner77 (13171) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
"big hop-bomb aroma right when i opened the bottle. i knew this was easily Stone’s hoppiest beer coming in, and being that they are my favorite brewer, expectations were sky high. the aroma was fresh hops with a nice sweet malty balance. the color was darker than i expected (slightly darker than OB Gordon) whch is my closest point of comparison. An imperial red all the way. Big body and a huge (surprisingly so) malt flavor to equal the massive hops. great tasty brew all the way around. at least Gordon’s equal. More blanced and complex."
Sammy (12967) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
The bottle asks you to drink it young, so here we go. A little bit of several styles. Hops up front, citrus c, piney. Also a little roasted barleywine imperial stoutish. A little yeasty, like a Belgian IPA. Neither style overwhelms, it is a great beverage accompaniment with supper as different tastes predominate with each course. Darkish colour with generous head. thewolf (12932) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
Bottle, bought Systembolaget, Malmö.deyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2009
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.
Bottle. Poured dark amber with red tint. Head was tan. Aroma was pine with undertones of malt. Flavor was very hops but the malts help to control them and develop throughout with a bit of alcohol. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
@Richmond Gathering 9-courtesy Fadra (sp?)-22oz bottle-pours a tan head that laces and deep copper color. Aroma is pine, sweet medium malt. Taste is pine with some bite, sweet medium malt. OK carbonation.