inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Poured a nice dark copper color with a great head... aroma was fantastic and dominated by hops. Flavor was way to biting and bitter... I love IPA’s and heavily hopped beers, but this had an astringent biting unsavory bitterness. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn’t buy another bottle. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Wow, who would think Stone would make a big, crystal malty American Strong with a boatload of, gasp!, resinous hops! I’m shocked! This is definitely a style that they do better than anyone; the flavors are solid and hold together pretty well, it’s drinkable for a big beer. Not all that lively shortly after the pour. But you know what? I just don’t really like the beer. Give me hops, sure, but give them to me in a different vehicle once in a while, or choose some different hops. I’m not trying to be mean here. I need a Smoked Porter to get me through my disappointment. obguthr (6367) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Strong aroma of grapefruit which overpowers everything else, but the smell of caramel malts are also buried in there. Cloudy brown with a medium yellow head. It tastes of freshly varnished wood. Resinous mouthfeel and excessive alcohol. This beer is a tribute to excess. If that rings your bell, you’ll love it. I prefer balance and moderation. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Dark muddy reddish brown with tan head. Smell is hops and malt in a iced tea and toffee way with a bit of booze. Taste is bitter and sweet with hops, grass, resin, tea, & caramel. Body is syrupy and rich. Tastes pretty good fresh, but will likely be sweet and gross in time. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 Brown/dark red. Nice big,khaki,head with lasting retention. Powerful pine cone aroma with minty alcohol and underlying sweet malt. Thick,coating,texture. Upfront citric,and strong,too strong,toffee flavors. Following is mouth coating pine,bitterness and underlying minty,alcohol. Finish is very lingering orange rind,pine and malt. Cold this is all bitterness and alcohol. Warmed up it balances out a bit,but becomes overly sweet,with mouth stinging bitterness. While being overly sweet,the malts also give off a mushy character. I could see how many would like this,I wanted too,but just don’t care for this.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle. Dark reddish-brown with a nice light tan head that leaves some light lacing. Clobbering load of pine up front on the nose, followed by mint and toffee. Flavor is roast, coffee, bitter chocolate, some iced tea opposed by tons piney and grapefruit hops. After the alcohol and bitterness have numbed the palate does the sweetness take over. Medium full syrupy body. Big and bruising, somewhat of a chore to drink after a few ounces. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
bottle from Sam’s Quikstop. Great aroma, sweet, citrus, caramel, little minty / pine. Dark brownish orange color, good head that faded quick. Spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor, citrus and pine. little detergenty astringent taste. Medium body Lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finishAroma was highlight for me, flavor took a turn for the worst, well maybe not worst, but a downturn non the less. Seem kind of thin bodied to me for a big beer.... piscator34 (2534) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 3, 2009
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Deep red colour with moderate carbonation. Quite malty on the nose with notes of cereal grains, lightly toasted malts, and some unspecific citrus. Bitter, boozy,a nd malty in the mouth, with notes of green grassy hops, pine, crystal malts, and chocolate orange candy. Nothing subtle about this beer. Fairly enjoyable overall, but a bit of a blunt instrument. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Reviewed 8/31/2009 (Bottle dated June 2009):
Pours a clearish reddish brown color body, small light tan colored head, somewhat lasting. Malty bitter aroma, hoppy grapefruity. Very bitter, dusty. Malty grapefruity taste, dusty. Good aftertaste, balances the hoppiness up front. tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
well the color on this is great dark amber color with some beige head, nose is resiny hops some caramel malt. flavor is bitter the resin makes it to the flavor some sweetness good beer but not the fav.