StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Translucent, lucid and chocolate in color with pin popping grey cloisters circling about the head. Aroma rings with chocolate rhubarb with orangey and watermelon like citric hops. Black cherry pipe tobacco hums in the nasal distance with a spiced tangerine caramel concoction on its coattails. Flavor is equally unique and completely assertive. Dry chocolate joins with a bitter, earthy bite and conjures up talc, light cigar wrappings with spicy rye and black cherry intonations. Chalky and totally dry composure makes the mouth its bitch. It’s wonderful. Woodsy, burnt pumpernickel loaves with ruby red grapefruit sweetening it with citric exposure lead into a dry, bitter finish begs more, more, more. Huge thanks to tpkenned for the bomber! Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
650 ml bottle
Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
I have had this bottle for a while. After finding out it is not likely to age well I cracked it open. I’m glad I did. It seems to have lost just a little bit based on previous ratings but was still excellent. If this were not a one time release that is not likely to survive more than another year I would buy more. Pick it up in the near future if you can and try it ’fresh’.
Aroma / Appearance - A two finger head toned beige surged from the bottle then slowly settled. The body underneath was stoutlike in it fluidity and darkness.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel felt like a black and tan. Plum, chocolate and pine resin played against each other to see which would stand out the most. A lingering bitterness stuck around long after the other flavors had faded. Sticking tenaciously to the throat it took quite a while to subside. I’m not sure how to categorize this but however you do it is exceptional.
Good balance of roastiness and bitterness. Maybe a tad more bitter though. Little alcohol flavor as it warms up. Tasty! Solid ale for sure that would be good on occassion or on draught. tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle - opaque dark brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of hops and malt. Big body, big malty flavor Rich malty flavor with an even dry/sweet balance. Well-blended hops offer great balance. Great complexity with alcohol lurking just below all the friendly flavors. Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2008
This is a really good beer. Its sort of a hybrid between a Porter and an IPA.
Beautiful dark color with a tight head that takes forever to fade out.
Smells fairly hoppy but also kind of dark and smoky as well. Very interesting.
Hoppy and smoky. Sounds weird together but that’s the best way I can describe it. Very oily mouthfeel that leads to an extended bitterness at the end. Not unpleasant but doesn’t really do anything for the experience either.
I liked the beer and if I can find it, I will be getting this one again. Stone rocks...
bierkoning (13349) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Lemon, grapefruit and red berries in the somewhat green aroma, with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Firm oily hopbitter flavor with grapefruit, berries, bitter walnuts and caramel. Some maltiness shimmering through. Long oily hopbitter aftertaste, earthy and woody. Not perfectly balanced, but a very big and tasty beer.
A later tasting @ jbrus’s place showed blackcurrant notes, tannines, and assam tea. undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of biscuit, sweet citrus. Taste is chocolate, caramel, roast, sweetness, bitterness, citrus, pine. Just a lot of little hints of everything, but as a whole it had some things I like others I don’t care for. Nicely complex though. STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
22 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a tan head - nose of flora hops, and malt – taste is malty, with good floral hops, and resin/gummy quality - body is medium, and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of hops, and malt tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Fennel, toasted, chocolate and biscuity malts and notable in the nose along with plenty of well blended citrus and pine hops. Some roast is also notable. Dark brown body is topped by a decent and lasting tan head that is quite sticky on the sides of the glass. Chocolate, caramel and raisin like malt character with hints of roast and plenty of anis in the flavour. Bitterness is pronounced but never overwhelming. Medium body with decent carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with Beershine and Oakes. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bomber. Black beer, with a big, dirty head. A bit foamy. Nose of those good old Stone hops. Burnt malts, medium body, hoppy/bitter almost porter-ish. The thick malts and mouth really come through as this beer warms up. Really nice-wish I had a few more of these.