KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
Draught at the Horse Brass.
Dark brown with a huge red tint and a sliver of lace. Fruity gumball aroma with cherry and chewy malt flavor. Fragrant and complex with huge bitterness coming very late. I’m not usually so impressed by Stone, but this was great.
marcus (10230) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
On tap at Sacramento Brewing. This dark brown beer poured with a decent tan head and a plum aroma. The flavor is treacle and spice with, surprisingly, a lot of hop bitterness and some carbonation. This is a very nice recipe which is worthy of anniversary status. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
pours copper, thick beige head.
aroma is hoppy, fruits; grapefruit.
flavor, some light spicy hops, caramel, malts. Overall profile had plenty of hops though the beer wasn’t overly bitter.
JorisPPattyn (10004) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2009
Deep chestnut colour; off-white head, fine, leaving some lace. Dark malts, grapefruit, citrus, bit of strawberry, lupuline. Uneasy bitter-sweet flavour, with a sweetness as from rosewater, mixed with - sorry - horse chestnut or something similar, a weird bitterness. Very slick, near viscous MF, lip-sticking. Strange - I’ve had much better from Stone. I wonder where the bitterness hails from, and I’m missing depth here. And if somebody at Escondido could explain to me what the Dickens the blurb about the colour painting on the bottle means, not to mention a full page of fairy tale, whereas there’s no syllabe on the kind of hops used, PLEASE? Big thanks to both Dirk and Fred W! GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear, deep red with a one to two finger tan, rocky head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is superb: piney and resiny hops, strawberries, candi sugar, grapefruit. Taste up front is light fruits, crystal malt, and heavy on the strawberries and then moves to some insane bittering hops like Ruination like chewing on pine needles. Finish is extremely dry and bitter but subdues that warming effect of the 9.5% abv. Overall, this is like the Imperial Red version of Ruination and thus awesome.
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 My Bottom Line:arminjewell (9675) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Coniferous hops thrive within caramelized cereals, surrounded by juicy berries, sculpting a bubbly and bitter American Strong Ale for potency lovers.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the translucent burgundy.
-The hop presence might be over-the-top for some, but it’s beautifully done for those who like this alpha arrogance.
-The finishing bitterness is peppery and resinous.
-Alcohol licks the last half of each sip.
-This ages very well, contrary to what the bottle says. A 2-year-old bottle did quite well; maderization fits perfectly with the chosen malts.
Starts out hoppy and goes really really bitter and then goes back to a nice hoppy finish. Incredible, hops on top of hops profile. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a thick sticky tan head. The aroma is loaded with sticky pine cones, resiny hops and a light prickly, peppery bite. Lots of sweet dark malts on the back, but the even there, the hops really dominate this one. Lightly raisiny maltiness with a bit of sweet brown malt as well. Lots of big pine resin. As it warms, the malts come out more, giving a lightly caramelized sweetness on the back of all the piney hoppiness. It’s pretty tasty here. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Vibrant hop nose: burnt oranges, citrus and caramel, some solvent. Harsh, abrasive and caustic. Corrosive citric acid and spicy/tingly peppers, toasted bread and bran. Highly abrasive and acidic. Messy, unkempt, caustic, ridiculous. blipp (9284) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Draft at Coles in Buffalo. Pours dark red brown with a beige head. The aroma is way hoppy, with floral and citric notes, as well as some sweet and light roasty malt notes. The flavor is slightly over the top hoppy, with floral and piny notes. Light roasted malts and sweet notes of toffee sit in the background. Very good, but a little too over the top for my taste.