loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours a ruby-brown color with a slightly tan head. The aroma bursts out with tons of orange, lemon, and plum. The flavor is sharp citrus, sweet caramel, and piney with a massive bitter kick at the end. The fell is crisp and refreshing with a super-dry finish. This is a monstrous beer...easily one of Stone’s finest creations. Seriously, Stone needs to make this part of their regular line up. Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pours much darker than anticipated. The deepest ruby that I can imagine. Staring at the light through the glass is mesmerizingly beautiful. Huge voluminous head. Aroma is huge, deep, pine/grapefruit/citrusy American hops and the slightest touch of crystal/roasted malt that surprisingly comes through all the hop funk. Very reminiscent of Tasty McDole’s DIPA and of Pliney. Taste is along the same lines. Very few beers can claim the kind of hop depth and intensity that this beer delivers. Beautifully oily and resinous, like eating hops (yes I’ve tried that) without the bitterness. There is a very minute bitter hop kick at the end along with some balancing crystal malts. This is a very well crafted and refreshing beer. Color me impressed by Stone, which doesn’t happen terribly often. mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2009
I really like this one. Have had out of the bottle and on tap. Surprisingly dark in color considering the bitterness. Doesn’t seem to go together, but it’s a really magical beer. Very hoppy, full of flavor, something I would definitely seek out again and again! cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Dark amber in color with a creamy 3/4" lasting head and wavy lacing. This is a great looking beer. Fresh floral hop aroma providing lots of juicy fruit scents. The hop aroma is backed by some sturdy caramel. I noticed the hops really opened up as the beer sat. Creamy and soothing with a mild malt body and high bitterness. The flavor is a hop assault with a good catty quality followed by sticky pine and big time grapefruit. Biscuits, caramel and honey provide a chewy malt backbone. It’s an assertive beer, strong and hoppy treat. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Style & glass: American Strong Ale; Snifter
22 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 209 / 60 = 3.48 beers * 150 C = 522 calories (est.)
Available at: Joe Canal’s for $9.99
aroma is tar and resin, visuals are deep angry ruby under a tan head, taste is citrus, cherries, peach, and a quick turn to pine and resin, feels crisp and bright, overall, a delicious and wonderful brew.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
This is a big beer that delivers big flavor and a big punch. Pours a mahogany color with a tan head that settles into a fine film. Aroma is loaded with pine and citrus. Flavor was big on pine and citrus hops that were attempted to be balanced by some sweet malts and toffee, but the hops just kept screaming through! Full flavored, medium bodied and a deliciously bitter finish. Excellent! bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours an amber/dark brown/even gave some black notes with a head that reappeared with every swirl poured pretty large. Had a citrus/pine aroma and flavor that was delicious. Solid bitterness to in this one. Flavor had some solid malt profile to, caramel very light roast. A little sweet the hops counter this, nice beer. ben4321 (6510) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Location: 22 oz bomber from Norm’s, 7/27/09
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
Aroma: Huge pine hop nose, lots of citrus (lemon, pineapple, etc), some spice, a bit of caramel, a nice mix here, I found this to be a really nice nose
Appearance: Really nice dark reddish-brown color, and a thick and creamy tan head, and some nice lace
Flavor: Not as good as the nose, tons of initial hops, sweet, and then some more hops, a bit of malt spice in there for some "balance" (I use that term loosely) does balance a bit more as it warms
Palate: Nice mouthfeel, lots of body, a bit of alcohol in the end palate, you could (and I will) call the palate (especially the end palate) a semi-barley wine
I was pretty excited for this one after hearing it described as a the hoppiest beer that Stone had ever made (by one of the brew masters). I finally found one at a store this weekend (sure, I hadn’t looked too hard, I’d really only been about 5 minutes from home to try and find out, and I only had to go about 20 minutes to a store I knew had it, but still), so I’m admittedly a little late for the party. I was even more excited after pouring this one into a glass, because it is a great looking beer with a really quality nose. Overall, it turned out to be pretty tasty, not often does a beer meet expectations, but I think I liked this one more then most.
What can I say? I really liked it, and I still think Stone is doing a great job of pushing the envelope, even if many of the rest of the beer loving world disagrees with me.
Did I ramble enough? I feel like I should have started this review with Dennis Miller’s classic line: "Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here..."
Big bottle. Dark brown. Huge dark hoppy brown flavour. Dry hopped brown IPA. Dark, hoppy and fickin’ tasty. (I love trying to read my notes after a big tasting) imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2009
22oz. Pour is deep amber/red with a huge frothy caramel colored head. Tons of grapfruit and citrus to the nose. The flavor is packed with a huge amount of hops and finishing with a nice citrus hit. If this thing is drinking at 9.5% I must be crazy because it sure as hell isn’t noticable. Thanks Stone!