skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle around its release date and around July 20th, 2008. Ahhhh, I love it when beers are this good. This pours a silky looking black with lots of carbonation leading to a nice tar looking retentive head. Some of my fondest beer aroma memories come from allowing my nose to open up to the sweet yet bitter and roasty notes of the aroma that comes blasting off this one. Its like a blended of hoppy banana almost...absolutely amazing! The flavor continues to impress bringing a thick malt coating to the palate before balancing it out with tons of roasted malt mixed with a HUGE hop blast! You can reeeeally tell this one is dry-hopped, even a year on it didn’t take away from the bliss! Almost liquoricey in the finish...this beer is just that GOOD. Now I just need to find more! Hahahaha... JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle from Secret Santa. Dark chestnut brown with a 1 cm thick off-white head. Nice mix of rich peppery grapefruit rind hops and sweet dark bready malts. Taste is definitely hop forward, even after a year. Citric hop bite with a hint of caramel and toast. Strikes an interesting and tasty balance.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Also tried @ RBSG, on cask with wet simcoe hops (my score still reflects the bottle), which kicked in a robust hop aroma, and tipped the scales to the hop side, but still worked wonderfully.
This was deep brown in color with a fluffy tan to brown head that retained better than I would have thought. The nose gives off aromas of citrus, chocolate, dark caramel and spice. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and comes off light on its feet. There are nice dark roasted malt and coffee flavors in the mouth that finish with some enjoyable bitterness. cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
This beer was great! It pours a dark color with tan head. Sweet hop smells. Perfect balance of flavors. Overall great. bigtaster (991) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 Pours black with beige head. Bitter hop aroma with big roasted malt. Nice smooth taste with a warming mouth feel. Hits with smooth bitter surge digging in throughout the experience. Some dark roast flavors also prevail with smoke and light java. Thought it was going to be a reiteration of double bastard but It isn’t. Great beer!
drjay44 (3737) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Pours a darkish long lasting head, multiple layers in the nose, wonderful dark color, excellent heavy mouth feel, good complex bitterness on the lingering finish. Reminds me of some iterations of a Russian Imperial Stout. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Hitting this up for a rerate after being re released 2010. nice heavy dark pour with a thick one finger coating head that retained very well. aroma again has that wonderful dry hop under the base beer. flavor gets good and chewy, bitter stone hops, citrus peel, and a heavy malted base. you get the drying and hops of an iipa but there is this big dark chewy beer it is mingling with. I even poured this into the same trappist glass from the original rating to see how well I had done early on in the rating and the rating was pretty accurate and I still think this is a really nice beer.mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2008
22 oz bottle labeled September 2007 poured into a trappist glass has a dark brown color with a half inch tan head that fell to a ring in the glass. aroma is full of dark thick malts with a back round sweet citrus hop that has held up well for a year old bottle. brown sugar, honey, and dark fruit round things out. mouth feel is medium with a bit of carbonation. flavor hits up the bitter hops as well as citrus. plenty of dark malt with brown sugar sweetness and light roast. finish has some alcohol heat and some lingering hop bitters. this is a dark malted beer combined with a sweet hop beer and the flavors all blend well.
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 A rerate after opening a Sept 07 original 11th anniversary. Pours a dark dark reddish brown almost black with a nice thick tan head - looks like a porter or stout. But no its definitely an IPA, the aroma is incredible sweet roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and tons of fruity hops (grapefruit, apples) - a surprise given the appearance. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, dark fruit, and tons of fruity hops throughout to balance it out in the finish. This is an amazing beer...Has aged very well, will wait another year to open my last of the original - but thank you Stone for making it a regular! craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2008
extremely dark red pour, almost black, with a solid head. Hops were blatantly evident on the nose- floral, citrus and pine were wonderfully aggressive. Powerful hops continue in the flavor, but well placed against some malt characters in the background. excellent beer. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
RBSG on tap. Deep, dark brew with a dense, creamy head. Strong smell with hints of licorice. A formidible ale.