yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Very dark brown amber, shades of deep purple. Very nice head, off white, foamy fluffy and retains well. Crazy hoppy, very bitter hops but when lingers it isn’t bad. Still flavorful. Aroma strong malts with dark fruits. Taste is very hoppy but with a nice malt syrupy body. Taste of well done biscuits and some wood. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Very dark red with a thin but resolute head. Big resinous nose with grapefruit, pineapple, mango and pine. Fairly well straight IPA in flavor with little in the way of dark malt flavor. And nice it is in hop flavor too. Very tropical fruit and tongue coating. Big, satisfying, bitter finish with no harshness, that matches the hops flavor perfectly. Well executed and unique beer though I could probably just add some black food coloring to my favorite IPA and get a similar result. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bomber, of course, marked September 2007. Wow. Clear, deep, dark brown with a big brown head that descends rockily. I can see where people say it looks like a porter! Nice lace rings all the way to the bottom. I take a whiff, and the mind reels - I know it’s an IPA, my eyes tell me to ready for chocolate, but all I smell is rich grapefruit and heavy pine resin smothering a light dough. Flavor is decidedly IPA - lots of raw hop goodness here, bursting with grapefruit and pine. Beneath that, a mild roastiness is detected, and a bit of chocolate, but let’s call a spade a spade - this is all about the bitter hop. The finish is achingly bitter, the kind that creeps up from the back corners of your mouth and tingles behind your ears. A mild warming is deep in the gullet. I wasn’t crazy about the 10th, but this is a beaut - a true hophead dream. Excellent. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 rerate needed... it’s actually quite good when fresh. probably in the 3.5-3.8 range. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
It’s a strong ale, not a stout, dark but clear rather than thick or opaque, reddish brown, almost no head. Taste of malts, chocolate, a little bitter coffee, with west coast hops, and a little bit of mint or menthol taste from the Simcoe. Somehow a little more than the sum of its parts, probably because I’m a sucker for the Stone hop signature. I’d rather have a Storm King or a Bell’s Expedition, but they are stout cousins of this, and more intense in every way.
kerplun1 (11) - New York, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 Bottle. This is my second bottle and I had a craving for it since I had the first. The aroma is a joy of hops. A dark pour with a luxurious head. Flavor is hops, but complex and oh so interesting. Mouthfeel is creamy and quite a treat, even though there is a lot of bitterness here. A great beer though that I want to get as much of while I can. temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Nice beer. Light roast, quite a bit of hoppiness. Not much aroma, but a great flavor. I wish it wasn’t so expensive around here. I’d buy it all the time. Dogbrick (13026) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman (1 of 7 kegs in the state I understand). Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lasting tan head. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a cross between an Imperial IPA and a roasty Porter. Loads of citrusy hops in the nose, with a full roasted malt undertone. Other aromas like pine and toffee are present as well. Rich and bitter with a full array of citrusy and piney hops flavors. Toasted malt and chocolate flavors are found too. Slow alcohol burn through it all. The finish is long and bitter with a tasty grapefruit hops finish. Excellent overall. Once again Stone manages to do something unique and enjoyable. beerbobWFM (17) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 8, 2007
This could quite possibly be my favorite
of all the anniversarys I have had(started with 7). It has a nice aroma, some chocolate and carmel scents accented with the presnece of hops...and lots of them. It’s like they hopped up an advetinus or a reall good porter, which in my book is outstanding. The flavor has alot going on, starts with carmel,chocolate, and hints pf maple, tthen the hops kick in and you geat the whole array of citrus,and hints of spruce and it finishes with a nice bitterness.All in all a must try for hop heads, as stone once again pushes the envelope in a great way.... brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
As advertised, it pours a dark color with a fluffy head. More roasty carmelly chocolate notes than other beers from Stone, but it still has the characteristically big hop flavor. Nice mouthfeel. Like a nice German dark beer with a ton of hops. Unique and enjoyable.