Changus (13) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Poured dark and thick. Low carbonation high hop flavor and a kill with the smooth strong malt. Super dry tongue pincher that will leave you with a happy feeling. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle from shp555, thanks Steve. Pours a copper-amber with just a bit of creamy foam. Kind of resembled a toned down IIPA with the hoppiness but after a I had a few sips then some of the complexity arose and the malt took over. Not a bad brew at all JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 4, 2008
(on bottle, thanks thewolf) BLACK, with redbrown trim. Well hopped, yet still roasted and malty nose. Smooth mouth, very good carbonation. Dries up in the taste and gets seiously like a coffeebean, almost making my lips carak, almost. A knockout hoppy stout. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Pours out a nice deep brown color with a smaller beige head. aroma is big on hops and citrus with hints of roasted malts. Flavor was very pleasing with a nice amount of hops and a malt balance in the mix. a fantastic brew. thewolf (12600) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle @ thewolf tasting.
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
[thank you, Øster]
Pours a very deep black with a wonderful creamy beige head. Wonderful hoppy aroma, lightly citric and lots of pine hops. Fine, rather lively mouthfeel. Soft malty flavour with lots and lots of hops, both in taste and bitterness. Feels rather light, drinkable and balanced. Wonderful way to make an IPA.
This is a very interesting mix. The best way to describe it is as a chocolate IPA. Not surprisingly it gets labeled as one of the catch all titles. There are also some light fruit notes. Probably could have been better if it was a little heavier on the chocolate, but that is just me. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 26, 2008
22oz bottle. Nearly black body with a big, creamy tan head. Aroma has chocolate and hops, but not as hoppy as i imagine it was fresh. Clean roasty malts, sweet caramel, mocha, and substantial and bitter hops in the flavor; pretty floral with some pine and grapefruit. Clean porter flavors mixing with IPA; pretty chocolatey really. medium-full body with nice soft carbonation. I’m digging the combo of darker hops and chocolate flavor with IPA style hoppiness. The hops seem a little subdued, and I wish that I had tried this when it came out, but still very good. Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
From growler filled at the brewrey on 2-23-08. I know this beer is about 8 months old now, and some of the hop bitterness, flavor and aroma has dropped out, but this is still a fantastic beer. It’s a dark brown color with some red tones in there. Aroma has piney citrus hops along with some caramel maltiness that wasn’t there when this beer was fresh. Flavors are sweet, with still enough of a bitter kick to balance. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, but with a little roasted, chocolate character. Still a great Stone beer. How much it holds up over more time is anybody’s guess. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 as 11th anniversary: like a more complex IPA for its hop and citrus elements as well as an odd porter because of its maltiness--an interesting beer; strong hoppy aroma; interesting, and good, but not something i would care too much to have again... as sublimely self-righteous: the nose fools me into thinking what it might look like--the aroma is bright, hoppy, sugary, and somewhat roasted; the flavor is like an over-hopped porter; but it is good (uprated). kflorence (93) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a very thick, dark brown color that you can’t see through when held up to the light. Minimal head that turns to some white lacing at the top of the glass. Smells of hops and malts with lesser notes of chocolalte, coffee and alcohol. Very full-flavored beer with a thick mouthfeel. Tastes of hops, sweet and roasted malts and coffee, finishes with dry, tart hop bitterness. It smells much hoppier than it tastes, the malts balance them out pretty well on the palate, which is good for me as I’m not a huge fan of hop-dominated beer, although I can’t say I’d go out of my way to pick this up. Definitely a quality crafted beer that I’d recommend to fans of IPA style beers.