Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Very dark, with burgundy edges. Lasting tan head and clingy lace. Intriguing, inviting nose alludes to dark chocolate and spruce tips. Full body, but not too thick or syrupy. Nice carbonation to boot. Wonderful symphony of flavors and aromas ... rich chocolate, aromatic pine, juicy citrus, caramel, grass, maple, black licorice, dark fruit, roast ... I didn’t think they would, but I found the flavors and aromas in this beer to all meld very well. Hell, even the grapefruit! A healthy amount of bitterness cleaved off the sugary-stark black patent-like sweetness. I really love how Stone pushes the envelope, and this is a perfect example ... which happened to turn out extremely great, in my opinion. raphael (1254) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2007
would be great for blind tasting, as who would expect that fresh hope aroma from darkest brown with a grey tan head, but theres a little molasses and oak fragrance, and the mouth knows dark, despite the hops, which do not clash. the dark is not heavy on the roast, more bittersweet chocolate. what so impresses me is the balance here, avoiding extremes of hop and malt flavors, while the total taste with some alcohol and warming, raisin, and still the hops. clean finish. 757HopHead (12) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2007
This is a great beer. Hops like an IPA, finishes like a porter. Pretty wierd how that works, but it is a great combo. Long lasting 1/4 inch head with nice lacing throughout consumption. Smell is of IPA, with the look of a porter. Will buy again while it lasts. My father from VA has to try this! Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
WOW! Stone not only knows beer, but really knows IPA’s. What a change from last year. This one was surprisingly more awesome then I had hoped for. Looks like a porter, dark brown, with a light brown head. Pours like a stout, beautiful, teasing cascading affect. Taste like an IIPA. WOW! Strong citrusy grapefruit aroma, intense bitter pineyness and incredible citrus flavor. Dry, dry, dry finish, great bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink and incredibly satisfying for you hopheads. cheap (5862) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
On tap at the Vintage Estates Octoberfest Beer Tasting Festival in Boardman Ohio. Smells quite hoppy but does not look like an IPA. It seems to look like a porter or a stout. Taste impact is quite IPA-ish. I’m puzzled because its a dark beer that tastes like IPA. Not only IPA, but possibly even the taste of an imperial IPA. Now I feel flavors of imp stout peaking thru. How confusing. Barely any carbonation in this brew. OK, this must be why its an American Strong Ale on this site. Strong alky presence in your face. Finish is bitter lingering combination of IPA and imp stout. Will not buy again, too much for my girlie lager loven taste buds.
obguthr (6367) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Strong aroma of thistle and pineapple. Black pour with a thick light brown head. It tastes of charred oak and pineapple, finishing in smoke ,ash, and licorice. Well hopped throughout. This is a very special beer. Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Enjoyed this flavor bomb at a Stone promo. Poured pitch black with a small dirty white head. Smelled and tasted very hoppy and finished with a sweet malty taste. A very unique and delicious style of beer. Tmoney99 (14495) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle from Dutch’s. Poured dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Heavy complex toasted malt,tart citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer that I have additional bottles to try the next three years. Good beer for #2800 ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Dark brown body with a small tan head, fading. The aroma is catty, tangerine, grapefruit, alcohol and cotton candy. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with citrus fruits like grapefruit and tangerine mixed with a sickening amount of malt sugars, caramel, tea and cotton candy. Medium body is rough on the palate with an astringent and bitter end. jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2007
22oz, man this one surprised me, tastes like an IPA pours like a stout looks like a porter, just a delicious meld of flavors, Simcoe hops take presence and make this amazing...