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. poisoneddwarf (2710) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bomber. Doughy, malty, coffee, bready nose; licorice comes out as it warms. For a beer containing 13 different hops, it’s a bit strange to detect no hop presence. Smells like a stout. Pours almost opaque dark dark brown to black with brown edges; has a medium dissipating beige head that falls into a collar after a minute or two. Taste is very impy stout-ish. Tastes of leather/tobacco, nice and roasty with a touch of smokiness. It starts sweet with a touch of sour but finishes with a lingering bitterness. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel with just-right carbonation and body. From aroma to appearance to taste and palate, this is a Stone imperial stout if I ever tasted it, but I don’t see the word stout anywhere on the label. With the touting of all those hops, I thought I was in for another Stone black IPA variation, but instead ended up with something unexpected and better than that: a nice big quality stout. dlinn (144) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
Waaaay too sweet. Menthol flavors. Some roastiness. Not sure what the hype is about. This beer is all over the place. cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Reddish dark brown appearance with a tan head. Toffee, bitter coffee, toasty, slightly charred aroma. Burnt toffee, peanut brittle, very sweet yet burnt toasty malty flavor. Worst stone beer I’ve had. This is bad. arminjewell (9744) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Aaron, is dark blackish brown with slight red edges, tan off white head. Aroma brought notes of roasted malt, some chocolate, slight bourbon and biscuit notes, some slight caramel, touch of dark fruits and a hint of anise, some floral and soapy notes, definitely all over the place. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, anise, some slight caramel, minerals, touch of soap, rotten minty notes, burnt toast and weird finish. This is not good, the mix of malts and hops do not mix.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is very light hops, malts. Flavor is light hops, sweet, booze and malts. Medium bodied with light carbonation. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured deep, brown, cloudy, with a than head. This was a nice tasting beer. Not as complex as I thought it would be though based on what some folks have been saying. I got mostly malt tones here, sugars and peat characters. Very drinkable though, low bitterness for me. Some green, earthy hop flavors. Caramel, oats, hints of roast and smoke. Although the smoke is very very faint. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2012
Black pour, tan head. Not sure what all the fuss is about - this one didn’t do it for me. Burnt hops and some dark roast on the nose. Some nice caramel behind, but it isn’t enough to provide any balance. Big, big flavor. Boozy dark fruit, and far too strong a bittering hop contingent -- tastes like they really overdid the magnum in here. This will be really good -- maybe even great -- once that dies down and this mellows out. But for now, this is very hot, and far too fresh. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle: Pours deep brown, large rocky beige head, solid patches of lacing. Heavy pine and resin on the nose that seems charred. On the tongue its malty, resiny, a bit sweet and a touch sticky, but also with some campfire, peat, and a bit of roastiness to bring up the backside. Comes across as an Imperial IPA, Scotch Ale, with a bit of Stout. Very slight band-aid shows in the middle. It leaves as quickly as it shows, thankfully. It also seems to appear when the beer is colder. Comes across as somewhat of a mixed bag, but it all works. Body and mouthfeel are superb, not overly cloying, but thick and chewy enough to make this one a meal. Decent dose of bitterness on the backside. Hops certainly make their presense known here. Lingering caramel and candied citrus peel, among some charred and ashy wood notes on the finish. This is a strange one in that it seems to incorporate three different styles. Somehow, they all seem to work together to make for an interesting experience. I keep sipping this to better understand it. This is one of those beers that is gone before you know it... wishing it were easier to give all the subtleties of such a complex brew when it seems unachievable when given 22 ounces and 60 minutes. mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle thanks Adam. Pours light brown with small head. Boozy aroma and finished very bitter