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 SCP (53) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
Pitch black with a fine moka head. Palate is oily, you can almost feel fat on your tongue. Floral, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and sugar. A very tasting and intense brew. Would have rated it higher if I had only a sample but the very low drinkability makes the overall drop. Nisse666 (7433) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2011
Big bottle thx to marsiblursi cons 2011-12-04 Göteborg
AR: sour, smokey, yeasty
AP: pitch black, wee beige head
F: sprity, heavy bitterness, chocolate, soya, hoppy, mjs (7413) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2011
(Bottle, 0.65 l, at Pikkulintu, 20111228) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma had hops, liquorice and citricness. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, liquorice, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was hoppy and bitter. Not bad but too messed up.
TBone (17580) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2012
Bottled 0,65l (Beer Hunters)thomat (3868) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2012
Dark black color, good brown head, lace. American hoppy aroma, grass, some toasted notes. Full-bodied! Roasted malts, American hops, pine needles, resin, some sweet notes. Quite a lot alcohol. Lingering sweet pine needly aftertaste.
Dark brown with a medium tan head. Bitter with lots of hops. Malt, licorice and bitterness. Full body with a lingering, bitter finish. ( unbalanced ) Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2012
Everyone of these i drank which was at least 6 had crazy long lasting overflowing head. You can pour 2OZ in a chalice and it will bubble up to the top and even over but never spill down the sides. Pretty nice malty hoppy flavors going on for a style i don’t care for its done well. I just don’t get the crazy head dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
There’s actually too much going on here. The aroma is typical of a Stone IPA with sticky huge grapefruit and some grass but the malts are very big as well with charred woods dominating. The taste is generally enjoyable, but it’s a mess... too disjointed with the malts and the hops seemingly at odds with each other. Meh andriesradu (706) - ROMANIA - SEP 17, 2016
Pours dark brown. Citrus, pine and some roasted malt in the aroma. Flavor is heavy bitter followed by a strong hoppy taste combine with a roasted touch, also some light dark chocolate notes.