steview (1088) - 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. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Poured a dark black/brown with little head. This one’s a nice mix of a medium IPA and stout. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect given the label, but it’s something good. Great stuff. Bartzilla (624) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
So, here I sit on a Friday night rating beers I’ve tried. Some people go out and go bowling, some go to the bars and some loaf around writing shit about the beers they’ve tried.DTM (870) - Vacaville, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Anyway, this is some tasty tasty ale. Pours dark, bites hard and tickles your innards with the tingling of hops. Good anniversary offering and I can still find it on the shelves, so it’s been a tough run on the liver.
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with little to no head. I could smell the hops as the beer was coming out of the bottle. I expected it to be overly hoppy, but it was very well balanced between the malts and hops.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
22oz bottle purchased for $6 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a dark brown with little head but decent lacing. Hoppy aroma. Flavour is nicely hoppy with some lasting bitterness. Well balanced with a decent malt backbone. However, not all that different from a "normal" IPA. Good, but not extraordinary.
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Wow. Pours a deep dark chocolate with a big foamy head. Smells of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with slight hints of leather and gun oil. Entrancing. A big bold balanced taste of malt, chocolate, and fruit with hints of exspesso. A big quick hop finish that leaves a lingering dark chocalate copper. Wow. Nice work. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Sent by my brother in law from new york. I thank him for thinking of me. Wonderful aroma and dark sweet malt with transcendent hop flavor. As always stone adds something that puts it over the top. I love this dark ipa and it is significantly different from Arrogant Bastard- the hop is more floral and the malt daker. Yashar koach! 1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
thin body is only demerit, burnt ochre color with tan foam an lace lingering head, definately get the roasty barley and super high alphas - like a suped up Hop Rod Rye or DFH Indian brown - bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
Bottled. pours almost black coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Roasted and malty with notes of black ryebread,berries, fruit and of course lots of hops.