tpb3jd (46) - University Place, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
In the bottle from MSM Deli: A solid punch of an ale, with strong notes of chocolate, plums, and brandy (at 11% ABV, that brandy taste could be considered a warning). An interesting tributary from the usual Stone line. aleph (231) - - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Dark brown pour, off-white head. Toast, malts, vanilla, caramel, hops. Sweet with wet, bitter finish. ketchepillar (1198) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bomber from Jubilation. black ipa I suppose. Hoppy but not superly so. Definitely a stone beer. Some nice biscuityness. Alcohol def shoes.
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Bottle shared by BuckeyeBoy. Black with a tall tan head. Muddy nose: spices, earth, dirty chocolate. Very sweet flavor—spicy, chocolate, candy, licorice, berries. Sweet and unbalanced; cloying. Somehow enjoyable, though, without being impressive.
RedSox2004 (1895) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Deep dark brown with a nice tan head, solid retention and very nice lace. Subtle aromas of chocolate, vanilla, toast and roasted malt. Flavors come on a bit stronger, and feature dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, a touch of rye, and bittering hops. Full body, minimal carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, and an understated alcohol presence, considering the abv.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Dark in color, clear with a thin head. Big alcohol forward malt bomb. I get a fruity spice forward flavor. Easy drinking big bitch of a beer. Interesting this was defiantly a one of type brew. Hoppy 13 Matt’s eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Smells very sweet. I detected notes of chocolate, licorice, and a bit of oak. A very faint smell from the hops. Very bready. DId not detect any alcohol, which is quite surprising considering this a very big beer at 11.4% abv. Pitch black, pours very thick almost like motor oil. Three finger head, khaki colored. Taste like is smells. As the beer warms the flavors intensifie. Full body, thick. Finishes sweet with a hint of smoke/ oak. Awesome beer. drjay44 (3709) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, long duration beige head, over a clear, brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is coffee, molasses, cocoa, brown sugar, treacle....taste is molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, leading to a bitter spice, light hop finish, with the sensation of sweetness throughout.....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol present, carbonation low. While this is a drinkable Strong Ale, the aromas and flavors do not do justice to the melange of ingredients. That is the problem with this beer. There is so much going on that it is muddled without any standout character. There are other "hyper ingredient" beers with similar difficulties. To get the most out of this don’t serve it cold, and leave it to breathe, in many ways it is almost a wine. BJCP 7/3/15/4/6 Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Meaty beer in more ways than one. Spicy-hot nose. Full bodied with a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Curiously spicy, possibly from the rye plus alcohol nips, but it also kind of has a chili pepper note. Malt flavors are very grainy and toasted. Lesser notes of black licorice, chocolate and nuts. Hops are pretty bold as well, with lots of grass and hay, and they somehow keep up with all the malts. Overall, even though the beer is a little muddled, I enjoyed it. It’s kind of like an Arrogant Bastard on steroids. Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Not bad, not great. Genre-bending, that’s for sure. Not sure if "hot" is the right term to use here. Maybe warm. No doubt this is at 11% as the booze is a player here. Not one of my favorite anniversary ales from Stone, but not the worst either. Very malty with that familiar hop character from other Stone ales in recent years.
It’s not bad. Glad I tried it. Nothing to write home ab...... wait...