Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle, from Alaskanwarren, shared wtih Fin, Loz and Traci at our American beer tasting night. Deep brown, light tan head with that oil-on-water shine. Dark chocolate and grapefruit aroma, olive brine/tide pool, mineral, vanilla. First sip is all pine tree--resiny, aggressive bitterness. Then other nice things emerge: vanilla, rainsins, coffee. Traci says warm cola. A bit of chocolate as things settle. Really inventive beer, pulled off with a deft touch. Thanks BW! MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tom’s UGT Pt. 2.Fin (10541) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
Thick dark brown with a good beige head. Thick resinous hoppage with an excellent malty backbone. You really wouldn’t think grass and chocolate can mix but here they really do. The dark malt and the characteristic Stone hop profile blend seemlessly and the end result is something rather unique. Hard to describe, very enjoyable to drink. It’s always nice to try something different.
Bottle shared with Casey, Tracey and Loz at a great American tasting evening 11-04-08 hosted by Casey and Tracey, cheers mate! Dark chesnut colour and with a great aroma that appears to combine both citrus and chocolate, a bit Terry’s chocolate orange maybe. Tiny light bubbly tan head and the aroma changes with each swish some iodine and seaweed, bit crablike sounds bizarre but its actually really rather nice. Taste hits with a thrusting bitterness and good citrus burst carried along by noticeable alcohol presence, some lovely roasted flavours not so hoppy as I expected, numbs the tongue very slightly, enjoyable. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2008
Bomber. Pours a clear black/mahogany color with 2 finger beige head and spotty lacing. Nose is roasted malt and floral citrus hops. Palate is grapefruit, some roasted coffee beans and slight bitter hops finish. Medium semi-sticky mouth feel. Definitely leans more towards an IPA than an ale. I wish I bought more when this came out. Tasty stuff. fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
Black IPA, fruity/cofee aroma, deep roasted flavors, very bitter...dark amber hue with tan foamy head
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
this is from a bottle that I tried when this just came out....
great citrusy and resinous hop aroma and great roasted not burnt malt flavors....super balanced..and great....wish this was a year around release! BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2008
Black, ruby highlight. Nice tan head, medium lacing. Roasted coffee , hoppy aroma. Not as full flavored as I expected, although well balenced toffee, coffee and hops. Medium carbonation. Bitter back end. Interesting beer, more bitter hops then I expected. Found this jem at la cav on Coventry. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2008
Deep black-brown pour, ruby highlight and a dense , 2 finger, tan head. Sweet, citrusy aroma with notes of fig, cocoa, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is alcohol, pine, slight citrus and some roastiness and chocolate. Oily, medium-full body with moderate carbonation. IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
Interesting beer, not quite what I was expecting. It has a more malty and nutty character than most IPA’s but with enough hops to till live up to the name. i like a crisp finish on an IPA, but this was a bit different with malts and bitterness coming through together. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
Aroma of burnt hops, roast coffee, and some piney/citrus notes, mahogany, wearing a small cappuccino head, leaves some pretty lace. Flavour of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, brazil nuts, and walnuts. Medium bodied, hugely bitter, tongue is pulsating with the bitterness. Fantastic! Thank You mds.