ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Deep garnet pour with thick beige head and spotty lace. Pine, and citrus on the nose. Thick syrupy testure. Big resinous hoppy flavor up front and a caramel and toffee like finish. Residual warming and quite bitter very late on the finish SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a redish color that is transparanet with a large foamy off white head. Head retains at about half a finger and is foamy throughout the beer. Nose is piney hops with light citrus notes. There is a nice malt note as well, little bit nutty. Palate is a little fluffy and a little bit carbonated and sticky. Flavors are hop notes that are piney and stickey, some very miniscule nut notes, and a bitter finish. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Hmmm. I don’t really get this beer and why stone is making it. The aroma is pretty nice but the flavor is very one demensional with a lasting bitter finish. Caramel, toffee, grapefruit, pine, tea, alcohol. This is less exciting than AB. Kinda lame if you ask me. 3fourths (9377) - 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. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of pine and sweet malt. Flavor the same. A bit astringent and quite heavy. A big beer which was entertaining for just that reason for the first couple of sips but then became somewhat of a drag. Not a super low scorer for me, but still a big disappointment.
LilBeerDoctor (4277) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of citrus and grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. A touch of iced tea too. Flavor is super hoppy--more citrus and grassy hops with a bitter finish. A solid malt base too. Heavyish palate with the 9.5%. It started wearing on me by the middle of the glass...In the end, boring and heavy.
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5) iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2009
22 oz bottle, sampled July 2009, fairly fresh I presume: Pours a deep, clear, dark burgundy with shimmering ruby streaks. Thin, ivory head. Strong, Stone yeast aroma with generous piney hops, thick hop resin and lemon rind. Slightly gritty palate with a fairly strong bitterness. Certainly strong alcohol and a lasting hop bill...though I wouldn’t believe it at first...there may be subtly here: soft sugary raisins and spicy black pepper distinguish themselves from the hops. Overall a tasty beer, but I am really looking for something a bit more rounded during these long summer days... alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle; poured a dark auburnish color with a medium, dark khaki head that was quite stubborn. Aroma of citrus and pine predominantly, with some caramell, earth and fruit; reminds me of a NW IPA. Powerful nose. Flavor was dominated by an earthiness, that really wasn’t all that great. Some caramel as well, as it becomes more malty with time. Came off a bit rough to handle at times; I’m not sure if that was the palate or flavor. Flavor was really a let down after a wonderful aroma. JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Dark copper to rudy in color. Tallish dark beige head. BIG hoppy aromas. Lots of citrus and some burnt caramel scents. So you like hops, you should like the scent of this one. The more I sniff, I actually seem to smell some chlorine. A bit too industrial, or is it mechanical smelling. Darker toasted and caramelized malt in the front that is quickly swept away with resins and citric zest. Perhaps I’m getting tired of rating, I seem to have enjoy this much more (past two bottles) when just relaxing and sharing with others. By myself I am sitting here thinking this is way to sharp and biting. There are some darker fruit flavors that wander about. This does not seem to me that it should be analyzed. It should be swilled, guzzled, or quaffed over conversation. One that can be over-analyzed into something it is not. I have no idea what I am saying anymore. It is what it is. Malty out! theisti (4244) - Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
22 oz bomber purchased mail order from Southbay in Imperial Beach, California. Pour is a hazed brown with light ruby and a one inch off white head. Aroma of big resin fresh dirty hops, some citrus peel poking through. Taste is really aggressive, totally abrasive resin hops. Some bitter dark cocoa in the back gives it some added character. A bit of perceptible heat in the dry bitter finish. Palate is medium, coats some, alcohol heat ends up not being too much. This is a very in your face beer.