JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Poured from the fermentor at Fresh! Dark dark brown, slightly muddy, with creamy tan head. Grapefruit, bitter dank hops, sweet chocolate as it warms, lots of roast, very bitter-sweet stoutish. A nice big beer, but not quite as big as the NHC black IIPA. I need to try a bottle and update my rating.
On cask. Heavy black pour, small tan head, almost disappears. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, slight roasted malt, grapefruit, bitter hops, and quite a bit of astringent alcohol coming through. Got a lot more milk chocolate and alcohol on this try. Creamy cask mouthfeel, on the heavy side like an imperial stout. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Yet another big anniversary beer from stone. Jet black pour with a solid brown head that just lingers and lingers. Nose is some chocolate but really big sweet orange and grapefruit and floral hop characteristic. Flavor is extremely roasted and slightly charred astringency but not in a bad way along with stones signature intense bitterness. Full bodied but not sweet. Silky feel. Good but different than what one used to. emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Pours dark black with deep chestnut brown edges and one finger of chestnut brown head. I enjoyed the nose on this one, rich and bittersweet chocolatey notes. Lots of citrusy notes with sweet coffee. Very bitter and astringent. Lots of grain acidity and bitter citrus rind. Full bodied and not so great on the tongue and finish. 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. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy tan head. Somewhat subdued aroma of citrus and pine resin with hints of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor is lots of hop bitterness from start to finish with some bittersweet chocolate and a light alcohol warming. Medium body with average carbonation and a thick, chalky mouth feel. This is a good beer but not as drinkable and balanced as SSRA.
cubs (10636) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle @ home. Thick used car engine oil pour with a black appearance and a big, dark brown head. Extremely potent piney, resiny hoppy, dark roasty chocolate malty nose with some booze. Huge resiny, highly piney hoppy, deep roasty, burnt, chocolate malty with a bitter, resiny finish. Resiny aftertaste. Very potent flavor but overall smooth and pretty tasty. A bomber of this is giving me quite a buzzz. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2011
20110912 Bomber from 3rd Base. Dark, sticky, thick, and hugely hoppy. I spilled some when I tripped in the kitchen and everything is still sticky. Seems like a good representation of a lot of the stone philosophy captured in a single beer... insanely hopped, sweet malts, boozier than seems necessary, fairly priced. No idea what possesses a brewer to make so many crazy, high abv brews, but it definitely keeps me from buying more than once. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draft. Black body with brown edge, tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, some roast/coffee, lactose, light licorice. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, grapefruit, cocoa, lactose, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, light acidity. JStax (6508) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Appearance is black with a tan head of thick, dense foam. Aroma is earthy, herbal hop notes with an allusion to coffee beans and smoke. Taste is an herbal bitterness tied together with an espresso note at the very end of the long, dry finish. Aftertaste of wood and baking chocolate remains for quite awhile. Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle. Nearing on black in color with a decent light tan head...would’ve liked more retention. Windex-like hop aromas at first then a bit of citrus and grass hoppiness, slight bit of roast in the aroma. Not nearly as bitter as I’ve would’ve though from the aroma...hints of cocoa, coffee, grapefruit and resin with a dryish finish. Medium body that’s a bit silky and slick with softer carbonation.