obguthr (6835) - 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 (2628) - 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. OldGrowth (3665) - 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 (2673) - 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 (1983) - 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. Sigmund (8033) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Unfresh aroma, notes of stale marmalade, American caramel malts and American hops. Distinct and bitter flavour of American hops, on a background of caramel malts. Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Consumed 9-12-09......brown with some red highlights...dark tan head...sour hoppy aroma--as it sits more malt shows up...alcohol apparent in nose and mouth....it seems a bit unbalanced in the hop vs. malt dept.--lots of grapefruit and heavy bitter hops....triskaidekaphobia (fear of the #13).....the hops are floral and lovely--good--simple and piney...but not all that for me right now...I will re-visit chyldking (14) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle. Very Stone, but doing what they do well-- big hoppy high alcohol beer. Not very remarkable, but enjoyable. Pours a deep tobacco red brown, nose is spruce and malt, with alcohol evident. Lingering tan foam, taste is warm grapefuit and pine followed by toffee malt, lingering bitter.