cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2011
bottle; black with red hue and thick brown head; aroma-sweet, roasty, mostly pine, some grapefruit; taste-moderate sweetness, mild carbonation and strong bitterness. Pine come through again. Wow-I could drink this until the end of time. OzarkElmo (319) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 Pours thin black with moderate beige head. Citrus & floral on the nose with a pleasing taste that did not include smoke. Good for what it is, just not my combination of styles preference. sitzds (318) - - NOV 26, 2013
Bomber poured into a plastic cup. Appearance is nearly opaque black topped with tan head that has legs but won’t stick to this cup. Aroma consists of citrus hops, pine resin, and roasted malt. Flavors are early citrus peel bitterness, roasty/cocoa malt sweetness in the middle, and a bitter lingering finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp yet creamy, slight boozy aftertaste. stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Dark brown. Hoppy aroma, good and strong, IPA like, as it is. Good head. Bitter, but not horribly so. Doesn’t look hoppy but is. Expected more malts. Hop taste is strong not overpowering and smooth. dutch23mp (317) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
22oz bomber pours a dark brown and has a fantastic aroma. Taste is incredible and has a hint of chocolate malt. This almost taste like a stout and I would have a hard time telling the difference. Lays on the palate and just makes you salivate. Of all the Stone brews I have tried this is the tops. So this is why my rating is so up there.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
650ml bomber - Pours a very deep dark brown, almost black out the light. The head is tan and frothy, mountainous at first, then settling to a creamy layer on top. Aroma is wonderful - huge citrusy, grapefruit and orange(!) against some spicier notes underneath. Extremely inviting and refreshing seeming. The flavour is spicier and deeper, with pine mingling with the citrus, some roastier malt, and dark fruit. Very complex and interesting, notably the difference between the aroma and flavour and what is revealed in both. The mouthfeel is creamy and full and the finish is bitter with notes of coffee and chocolate coming forward. Awesome. joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours black, nearly opaque with just a little brown light getting though. Tan head. Aroma is weaker than expected, with floral hops over malt tones. A punch of roasted malt gets rudely pushed aside by hops. Strange balance between the malt and hop tones, a balance that I’m not too fond of, to be honest. However, it is nice and lively on the tongue, feels velvety. Finish is also strange, with the bitterness from the hops and the roasted malt. Not their best effort, I feel. Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Nice thin black pour with a brown head. Great hop aroma. Malty backdrop with a nice mix of hops. Not overpowering or over bitter. Very smooth drinker. This guy went down smooth and was gone before I knew it. mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 A rerate after opening a Sept 07 original 11th anniversary. Pours a dark dark reddish brown almost black with a nice thick tan head - looks like a porter or stout. But no its definitely an IPA, the aroma is incredible sweet roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and tons of fruity hops (grapefruit, apples) - a surprise given the appearance. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, dark fruit, and tons of fruity hops throughout to balance it out in the finish. This is an amazing beer...Has aged very well, will wait another year to open my last of the original - but thank you Stone for making it a regular! brokephibroke (315) - Mead, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Wonderful black pour with some red undertones. Thin off white head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, soy and some wood. Flavor is pine, chocolate, dried fruit. Wonderful lingering bitterness after a coating mouth feel.