Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
22 oz Bottle -- Pours black with a big tan head. Lots of fruity and floral notes going on in this beer. Very interesting aromas of hops, chicory, grapes, and passion fruit. Great balance of flavors, sweet upfront, bitter and sour in the back. yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
a very interesting brew. Pours deep brown with moderate carbonation. Aroma is that of an ipa but the hops don’t dominate as much as a traditional ipa (also some maltiness and toastiness on the nose). Taste is quite good (like a chocolate chip cookie being washed down with an ipa. Quite a good balance in this brew which, in combination with the smooth mouthfee, makes it an enjoyable and easy to drink brew. Overall I wasn’t blown away by it but it was quite good. nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Murky dark brown pur with a cream colored carbonated fluffy head. Chocolate, fruits and a malty earthy flavor that I dont much care for.....a little odd. Bitter finish mild hops. I’m dissapointed by this I think I may have a had bad bottle cause stone is usually solid. If I get the chance I would like to try it again AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Pours black with a small tan head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Charred malt and citrus bitterness, pine, light coffee taste. Heavy feel and lingering bitterness on the tongue. Good beer NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Has the trademark smell of a good Imperial IPA, looks just like Coke on the pour. Fantastic toasty chocolate/caramel taste with a hoppy finish, Stone gets it right again, the arrogant bastards!
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2009
Opaque black pour with "garnet edge" (BrotherGrendel), tan head with good retention and lacing. Hops all over the aroma, could smell them as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Roasted malty sweetness present and a little alcohol, but very hop-forward on the nose. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Extremely complex brew with citrus and pine at the beginning and roasted sweet malt at the middle. Good balance. Bitter finish with a touch of alcohol, but very well hidden overall. Great cold weather brew for the hop heads! 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... dliberto (217) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Dark red-brown pour with a light tan head leaving moderate lace. Spruce and cut-grass hop nose leading into an Arrogant Bastard-like body. Solid, medium-heavy body with whisky, chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter and umami, with a touch of sweetness in the beginning and middle. Half a pint is adequate, but that’s not a bad thing. BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Pours a deep dark chocolate. Hop presence immediate in the nose, almost bizarrely for something this dark. Mouthfeel is medium to full on. Some hints of chocolate and dark fruits, but I’m always looking for something more from the American ’Hop Slam’ gang and this doesn’t quite do it for me.