SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bomber. Pitch black colored beer with a big tan head that leaves attractive lace and has medium-to-good retention. The aroma is all piney and resinous hops mingling with soft roasted malt. And the funny part is that the roast is almost completely absent from the flavor. There is so much piney and resinous hop flavor and bitterness form start to finish that I think no one would be the wiser if this was a golden colored beer. Ok so now I’m freaking out and think I’m imagining that coffee in the aroma. But it really could be there in the flavor as well but is just very well integrated with all the hop bitterness. A little rough and brash, especially in the finish, but I kind of expect that from Stone. Not a smooth or balanced beer by any means. But it’s fresh and pretty low in alcohol character for a 10%+ beer, so I think I can finish a bottle without much of a struggle. I can see some interesting character developing with some time in the bottle. This has the dark malt and bitterness to age for some time, if the oxidized hop oils don’t turn it to shit. Might be a fun experiment. 11th anni was great after half a year in the bottle to come together and still had good hop aroma. I’m still not sure why they decided to do basically the same beer again, just turned up a bit (and I don’t think this is as good either), but maybe they’ve painted themselves into a corner in the last few years. douglas88 (9572) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bomber thanks to robertjm. Pours a totally black color with a large brown head, looks awesome. The aroma is a rich fresh hop burst with some chocolate and dry roast. The flavor is an interesting mix: certainly initial bitter fresh hops and chocolate along with roasted malts. Also, this beer has a distinct peppery, spicy flavor that seems like peppers and almost reminds me of that great Mexican dish Mole. Very interesting. This is very similar to Uinta’s Dubhe, but a lot warmer. Both are damn good. mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bomber poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown/black with frothy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and piney resinous hops. Taste is moderately bitter and a bit sweet. Creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation and a dry finish. Very nice combination of smooth roasty/chocolate with a healthy dose of hops. Hides the alcohol well. Good! aveclaudenum (31) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours pitch black with a beautiful brown head. Aroma of grapes and citrus. Comes in smooth and leaves with a hard kick of alcohol. Incredible beer. Stone once again can do no wrong. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours a deep almost-black with a tan bubbly head that fades with dripping lace. Aroma of caramelized sugar, alcohol, chocolate, and wood. Flavor is huge, piney hops against heavy roast character , but the resinous hops make sure you know this is definitely an IPA and not a hoppy stout. Despite the alcohol burn, ridiculously easy to drink. Masterpiece of a beer!
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 28, 2011
22oz bottle. black with large, creamy brown head. purple grape and mandarin orange aroma. the body is full and somewhat creamy. warming finish from the alcohol. the flavors are mostly big juicy hops. lots of citrusy orange hop resins and the dark malt must add a grapey note. the dark malts are not very noticeable through the big bad hop addition. little peppery in the finish. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
2011-08-19. Black with a nice tan head and lace. 4+ Flavour is fairly intense, lots of hops, green leafy hop character, and a fair bit of bitterness along with it. Mild dark malt core, modest alcohol is noticeable but restrained considering how strong it is. Lots of green hops in the aroma as well, mild notes of alcohol. Average to medium bodied palate. Simple, but quite flavourful. On tap Coles, Buffalo Sledutah (7792) - Utah, USA - AUG 28, 2011
22oz bottle shared by doug, thanks lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Appearance: Black with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and peppers
Taste: Roasted malts, peppers, chocolate with a pine resin finish
stout like color with a thick tan head. very rich malty and piney aroma. Very resinous and grassy hop flavor with a nice malty backing to it. alcohol present on the finish with a nice lingering hop bitterness. Quite tasty. Zeswaft (1776) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Thick and black with a dark bown head. Aroma is moderately hoppy. Some pine. Somewhat subdued for a double ipa. Flavor is monstrous. Big pine hops. Lots of stouty chocolate flavors. I’d classify this more of a really hoppy imperial stout. Very stout. Everything in balance but over the top everywhere.