JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bomber purchased from Total Wine for $5.99. This poured a very dark brown cola color yet almost black with a very nice tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, black licorice, and dough. Taste is initially sweet followed by a nice roast and a slight alcohol burn. There is a slight lingering bitterness of course because thats is how Stone rolls baby! Did not really know what to expect from this. Not amazing, however for $5.99 a damn well great American Strong Ale/Imperial Porter/whatever you want to call it. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Barron’s. The appearance is a deep dark roasted malt shell brown. A huge volcanic dark cream head. The nose is fruity with a lot of roasted malts. Flavors are roasted coffee, chocolate powder, non-spicy peppercorns, earthy dirt hop tones, peaty malts build in there a lot as well. There was some Belgium yeasty flavors early in the brew but I am not really picking up on them now. Some definite muted grapefruit sprouts up in there too as well as a touch of booziness.. Very creamy mouth. This beer is reminiscent of their El Camino Real and Juxtaposition, both of which I enjoyed. This one is quickly growing on me and I might have to pick up some more to enjoy and/or age. Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - APR 29, 2012
pours a thick black with two fingers of awesome caramel head. Roasted malty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, chocolatey flavor with some Backend hops and finishing alcohol. Excellent head retention and some mild texture from the oats. The complexity of this beer is amazing.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2012
Very close to a black pour with a creamy(almost nitro creamy)tan head. Aroma is loaded with all kinds or malt and hops, some cocoa, roasted nuts, pumpernickel bread. Flavor is malty up front, bready, rye, pumpernickel bread, cocoa, coffee and lots of earthy, grassy hops. The texture of this beer is the best part. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2012
The pour is a very deep mahogany color, nearly black, with a moderate, khaki, pillowy head which settles to a very thin layer and leaves tight, frothy lace. The nose is absurdly bland for an 11% beer; roasted grains, coffee roast, dark bread toast, and some burnt caramel. The flavor is a bit better with burnt caramel, some toffee, light coffee roast and roasted grains, and some grapefruit. The palate is nice, nearly full, soft to lively, creamy, and round. The finish is rich with toffee, burnt caramel, lingering grapefruit and slight resin, and a roast note still there. By the finish it actually grew on me but it really never seemed like a 11% beer; it had minimal complexity and had no signs of warmth. Pleasant enough to drink but not very memorable.
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
A: Poured like a infected or young gusher. Jet black with brown foam flowing like lava from the top and down the sides, literally half the bottle is flowing out. Into the glass it pours sordve thin for a beer this big, big brown cap whch dissipates fastleaving a small brown foam cap and minimal lacing
S: First whiff is dark chocolate, charred wood, burnts marshmellows, funk and light dark fruits with some booze
T: Immediate infected funk presence going on. The phenols in this beer really wreck it; band aids, rubber and medicine. Bitter dark chocolate, burnt marshmellows, caramelized sugar, charred wood. The finish is bitter cocoa, hops, charred and thin. This beer may be a bit to young. It was very gassy and left me belching. There is a very odd burning sensation, like unnatural solvent like burn
M: Big bodied, but it becomes thinner toward the back end of the beer. NOT nearly as hefty and complex as it should be. The gassy, young feel matched with a light funk is just to much to take
O: Either a seriously troubled beer or an infected 22oz hand grenade in the future.
A: Poured a deep, deep brown with a chocolate colored head. The eer gushed once again as I opened the bottle but stopped after a minute or so.
S: Dark bitter chocolates, wood, booze sting, some dark fruits
T: Upfront was an immediate bitter chocolate presence with some sugary sweetness, heat, roastiness. The back end of this beer is rather harsh. Lingering bitterness, sharp persistent booze and bitterness
M: Bigger bodied, harsh on the palate after about three seconds.
O: This beer needs some time to round out and hopefully lose that harshness on the backend
JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
Growler. Clear deep dark brown, slightly reddish, with a tan head. Very sugary... lots of residual sugars, some roast, chocolate, raisin, and bitting hop bitterness, citrus, and pine. Also a bit hot from the abv. It’s okay, but I think it’s really to young, probably needs some age on it. Right now it’s a jumbled mess. RSRIZZO (2009) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 40°. Color is a dark solid brown with good carbonation and a tight tan head. Aroma is faint with just a touch of sweet malt showing. It has a bold medium body that goes down with a smooth rich mouth feel. Flavor of toffee, chocolate and coffee with a touch of hop spice. In the after taste as the flavors start to fade some dried fruits shows with a hint of alcohol. Overall this brew rocks, big rich flavors that come across with an easy feel. brokensail (16599) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
Mahogany color with a finger of tan head. The nose is sticky and sickly sweet. Some decent hop notes, mostly pine with a little bit of citrus, but just an overwhelming maltiness. A mild chocolate note, too. The flavor is quite sweet, especially as it warms. Very muddled in terms of the flavors, just way too many different malt/sugar notes going on. Lightly phenolic, as well. Not really much in the way of the hops on the palate. Not sure why brewers continue to think this kitchen sink beer idea is a good one. Enish266 (5) - Poway, California, USA - APR 26, 2012 does not count
A - boozy with a touch of grassy hops.
A - dark mahogany; a nice blend between brown and black
T - drinks like a heavy, bitter porter and reminds me of Palo Santo Marron. Starts off a little harsh with bittersweet chocolate coating the tongue nicely. The plethora of grains and hops creates a complex beer but the flavors don’t quite work and clash with each other.
P - bubbly and carbonation heavy. Personally I think this detracts from my enjoyment of this beer. It helps covers up the heat a bit.
O - I could see some potential with this beer for aging. I prefer to think of it as a not-quite-as-good Stone 15th Anniversary.