UXO (1896) - CANADA - FEB 2, 2015
Pours clear medium amber with one finger of loose ivory head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Nose is caramel malt, pine (spruce?) resin, woody oak, citrus. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate to strong bitter. (7/10) Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, lingering and building bitter boozy finish. (4/5)
There’s a lot going on in this complicate beast, and it’s probably feeling the effects of being a little past its best before, but still quite drinkable. Big presence, emphasized by an ABV that acts at least as big - and maybe a bit bigger - than it actually is. (17/20) lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Pours a pretty dark copper with little to no head from tap into a small glass. Aroma is strong hop. Some pine and flower types. Taste is a strong bitterness. Not as intense as I was expecting but really present. A fair bit of sweetness from some darker malts. The bitterness lingers. Thick lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Aromas of caramel, resinous hops, candied apple candy coating, subtle booze. Clear, dark ruby, decently lasting white head. Mostly dry, bitter, strong cooked malt prominence. Full bodied, a little boozy. fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Site was down yesterday (and I was not smart enough to write notes) so going off of memory. The smell and the mouth feel long after me taking a drink reminded me of pot so much, that I looked up if hops and marijuana were related. So, smell had a piney, dank like smell. It poured a dark amber with a half inch, dense creamy head. It was hop bitterness throughout on initial drinking, but as the beer warmed up, there was a caramel backed sweetness to it. I did prefer it after it warmed up a bit. Did not get any citrus from the hops. More of the pine type. Do not recall a major woodiness tasting in it. Mouth felt like it was coated afterwards. Reminded me of pot. I think it might have to do with the dry-hopped nature of the beer (as another dry hopped beer I had before gave me that same mouth feel.
Overall, I really enjoyed the beer, but am not sure I would buy again due to the price. It is not great enough to buy as a treat (like I do with a Chimay Grande Reserve), and there are so many other beers I enjoy that are cheaper. That might be the biggest downfall. Stoned99 (1578) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle shared with friends. Thanks Tristan. Aroma: woody, caramel, vanilla, alcohol. App: clear amber with minimal head. Taste and palate: light medium body, medium sweetness, slightly bitter finish. Overall: more like a red ale than a strong ale. Bottle said to drink fresh, maybe it wasn’t.
Maxbier (1000) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Clear dark cooper brown, tan head. Looks beautiful. Aroma is citrus, pine, malty; smells like imperial IPA. Delicious pine bitter, slight sweetness of caramel slightly roasted malt. Citrusy piney herbal grassy fresh hop finish. scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2015
drank this after southern tier creme brulee so i must say it was a nice change of pace. nice amber effervescence. lacing is long lasting which i like. to me, it taste like a lighter version of the other bastards. i would expect it to have a bolder flavor but the lightness of it made if for me. another nice effort from stone bartlebier (4027) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Bomber kindly hauled by oldmanriver from source, "Drink by Jan 1, 2015 - Don’t cellar". Tantalisingly/frustratingly dyslexic label, in line with a grammatically challenged arrogant bastard who’s spent a few years in a tun. - Sprucy nose, green woodbranch, Chinook&Centennials in harsh, resinous, upfront harmony. Same in taste, with an almost unnoticeably balanced malt base adding some caramels to the astringent wood tones. No real fruity hops, this beer like its mother lode is all about the harsher pine, spruce and resins, but mercifully cushioned by a rich yet lean and layered DIPA malt body. West Coast Engineered IPA perfection, which is just a notch below organically flawed perfection for me. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Tap. Pours a clear dark Amber body with a small frothy beige head that faded to a thin film. The nose is citrusy hops with a caramel maltiness and just a light hint of oak. The flavor is pretty subdued on the hops for a Stone beer, still plenty of citrusy hops, but the bitterness is on the lighter side. The sweet underlying maltiness is tempered nicely with the hint of oakiness on the finish. Medium bodied and a big clingy with fine fizzy carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for a Stone beer, the oak really mellows this out nicely. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
650ml bottle from the Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Clear rich deep mahogany in colour with a large and long lasting off-white coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of pine, grapefruit, citrus, resin, light sweetness but so incredibly hoppy. The flavour is thick and chewy, long lasting bitterness, lots of pine, noticeable alcohol, caramel sweetness. Bitter mouthfeel, large body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, warm, very bitter, lingering sweetness. A big American Barley Wine really, hot at times. Give me Ruination any day.