apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Dark brown, nearly black beer with a slight tan rim of bubbles along the side of the glass. Plenty of hops in the aroma. Very dry and floral. Bitingly bitter, but well-balanced with just a hint of sweetness. Pleasant herbalness paired with a coffee-like roastiness. Ungstrup (37615) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
Draft. A pitch black beer with a thick brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of pebermint, berries, and lots of hops. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of grass as well as notes of peaches, hops, and pebermint, leading to a bitter finish. The hops are so powerful that they even give it just a hint of acidity. faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep brown colour. Aroma of dark fruits, well toasted malt and alcohol. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is fruity and sweet with toasted malt and caramel, lots of hops and some noticeable alcohol. Dry fruity sweetish finish. Tasty brew indeed. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 I was a tool to this beer when it came out. I found it too oily and too disunified. Maybe Stone’s watering down of their own recipes actually helped this beer. Nose was thick IPA and nice sweet malts: probably multiple kinds because this is mildly roasty and sweet and balanced well. Taste is a very relaxing hoppy beer like I have not had since BBC 30th. Really good.
Original rating (it was early in my rating career): Clearly I didn’t like it. I’ve had three bombers just to be sure. I simply found that when you take the Pale out of an India Pale Ale you are left with something that tastes like a red but is as unrefreshing as a porter. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Pours a deep black color with perfect amount of huge froathy tan head. ooks amazing. Aroma some roasted malts and huge hop presence - mostly piney and cirtus mix. Flavor is very hoppy - earthy hops overwhelming at first then mellow into nice roasted malt presence. Overall, excellent beer.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Black with creamy tan head. Heavy cherry and alcohol aroma. Alcohol taste as it warms. A bit too heavy for me but I appreciate the richness and how developed the flavor is. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
11/04/07 22 oz. bottle. Very dark, almost opaque mahogany with ruby highlights and a marvelous, enduring, frothy brown head that leaves a fine, sticky lace. Dark roasted, almost burnt, coffee and lots of fresh hops - primarily spruce and grapefruit zest. Medium body and carbonation, some astringency, and a very dry palate. Bitter up front, but with support from dark malty flavors, the grapefruit bitterness coming on stronger into the long, bitter finish. Tasted blind, I would have figured it for a lighter bodied, very dry and hoppy, American style stout. Whatever you want to call it, it’s damn good. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2007
22 oz bottle, duh!! If you haven’t seen this one in person you won’t believe how dark this IPA is. Someone claims this to be a ASA but it’s more of an IPA or an IIPA. Pours a deep dark black, not Imerial Stout black but a very good looking deep black none the less. Aroma tons of citrus hops coupled with some roasted malts. Flavor.....AWESOME. Highly recommended. Stone please make this again.. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown to near black pour. Small foamy tan head lingers for only a few seconds before vanishing. Aroma hits you with a hop - grapefruit one-two punch. Underneath this is roasty malts, soft caramel and pine oils. Taste continues the assault with more hops, grapefruit juice, pine cones and pine oils, roasty malts and light caramel. Without seeing this beer, I’d think big West Coast IPA. As the taste mellows and the leftovers linger in my mouth I’m tasting bigger fruit notes and not necessarily citrus fruit. Some soft nectarine, and maybe even honeydew along with hints of cherry. Body is medium-full and well rounded. Carbonation is present but not obtuse. Nice overall feel to this one. Ends with more pine oils, grapefruit juice, orange peel, hops, roasty malts, ripe fruits and soft caramel. Very drinkable and tasty West Coast hop bomb! Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2007
From the cool silk-screened bottle. Poured a deep, deep red-tinged black, with a firm but thin head. This has a big piney aroma of a west coast IPA. And it doesn’t drink too differently either ... slippery with hop oil, pine tar and a chewy dark fruit essence. Stone hits yet another homerun, packaging a big hoppy American beer in a dark wrapping. Exceptional. (#3171, 11/4/2007)