cubs (10677) - 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. JStax (7017) - 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. brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
A: The beer pours almost black in color with two fingers of tan head that has great retention and lacing.
S: Smells like a classic hoppy Stone beer. Tons of grapefruit peel and pine with some intense herbal and woody hop notes. There is a fair amount of roast to it. A hint of fruit on the finish.
T: The roast flavor is a bit more powerful than I expected. There is a touch of chocolate followed by lots of grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. Herbal and piney hops on the back end with a lot of bitterness.
M: The body is quite full with a medium carbonation with a lingering bitterness.
O: Not as good as Stone 11 or SoCal Hop Salute, but not bad. A bit boozy as it warms in the glass. toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
A bit dissapointed with this brew. The roasted malts dominates this beer while the citrus hops are in the background. Theres is also a bit of a chocolate hop mix. Kinda weird and sometimes thats a good thing but not in this brew. An ok brew overall thoughit would be better tho. nickd717 (4781) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bomber from Whole Foods in SOMA. So this is the beer from "Trouble Brewing" - something hoppy. Pours black in color and somewhat viscous with a lasting two finger brown head. The aroma is very nice and hoppy, but the hops are a bit more minty than anything else, which makes me not really the biggest fan. Good roast and rich dark chocolate. The flavor has an intense malt base. I mean we’re getting into imperial stout territory here. Dark chocolate, roast, and anise with some sweetness. A hoppy finish, piney with intense menthol notes. Again, I’d like a little less mint. Still good though, with a big hoppy bitter finish. Body is fairly full with soft carbonation and slight booziness. Overall a good beer but didn’t quite live up to the billing, as it had some shortcomings.
GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
651mL. Though not as bad as DaSilky1 thinks, I can’t help but see his review still in my head as I review this. The pour is a little deeper actually than Sublimely Self Righteous (SSR) with more of a menacing, deep mocha head generating. Suddy, big bubbled retention. Spotty lace. Nose is quite fresher in the aromatic hop department with tropical melons, grapefruit pith, cinnamon, durian, squash, and even something like zucchini bread (nuts, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, zucchini/squash). Taste is all over the place- hard to figure out what the hell is going on here. Some salt water, some earthy bitterness, lots of nut skins and shells. Palate at first is silky and rich but then goes very neutral and clean. Feels like stout in the body, which is nice over something weak and thin. But not a lot of roast, chocolate, or richness comes forth. Nothing that I can perceive as the "backbone" to this stout that was then hopped to death. It was better than the not fresh SSR I had alongside, but there is something wrong here. Maybe too powerful for its own good? Not focused very well and Stone keeps using more and more of these weird squashy hops in the nose that remind me of...gasp....Stone 14th. Please no. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Bomber. Strong, rich, malt aroma. Deep black, tan head that clings. Pretty thick, but not like a stout. High alcohol, strong. A strong beer to drink slowly and an alternate to an imp stout. SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Tap @ The Avenue Pub, NOLA .. . Pours a dark brown black. .. lots of foam, really good lacing .. . lots of roast, good dose of bitters .. more of an aggressive hoppy roasty porter than the stupid black ipa tag, .. a pretty good brew, kills the tongue though .. . . It’s always best to shake hands. Unless you sneezed into it, or they have a stump... that could weird.. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Draft at Dutch’s. If it were labeled a "hoppy stout," I think my rating would differ. In my mind this is a complex imperial stout that has a strong hop pressence. The initial aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and some piney hops. As it warms, the chocolate really comes out. Bitter coffee notes stick out with a bit of vanilla. Palate is chewey and thick. Flavor is bitter, finishing dry. Again, the rating would be higher if they were not calling it an ipa. Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2011
pours a very dark viscus. Almost like an imperial stout. Aroma very similar to SSR right out of the bottle. Almost no head to speak of. Rich chocolatey, malted roastey flavor, hops are subdued but present.an amazing beer well worthy of being Stone’s 15th anniversary brew