Rune (12724) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2015
One-third sample, keg at The 23 Club. Near black coloured body. Fair fawn-coloured head, mostly remaining. Smell of mid-sweet vanilla, dark fruits and grainy malts. Rich taste profile of vanilla chocolate, coffee and liquorice followed by dark fruity bitterness to a prolonged ending. Smooth and warming on the swallow. Full bodied. Delicious (Liverpool 31.01.2015). Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - dark black coloured and with a persistent dark beige foam; a solid fruity hoppiness, grapefruit and chocolate in the background; full-bodied and very bitter, fairly carbonated, very dry and very bitter chocolatey finish with notes of ashes and tons of hops thewolf (12589) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle @ thewolf tasting.hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2007
[thank you, Øster]
Pours a very deep black with a wonderful creamy beige head. Wonderful hoppy aroma, lightly citric and lots of pine hops. Fine, rather lively mouthfeel. Soft malty flavour with lots and lots of hops, both in taste and bitterness. Feels rather light, drinkable and balanced. Wonderful way to make an IPA.
On tap. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of hops, resiny, sticky, pine, floral, with some roast and citrus. Tastes of pine, a little earthy, roast, chocolate and citrus. Piney/hoppy burps. Camons (12435) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle @ Hotelroom, Denver. Pours dark brown, allsmost black, with a huge tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, chocolate,pine, resin and some citrusslike notes. Taste is coffee, expresso, chicolate at first, then overtaken by the bitter hops flavors, pine, resin. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting bitter finish. Nice 260211
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a creamy light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is lots of cascade hops. Taste is lots of cascade hops-raw/bitter/resiny, secondary dark malt-ash/chocolate, alcohol. A bit too much for me, comes across as an I2PA/AmSA. Sipping. Ok carbonation. Sammy (12178) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
a very good IPA with added thickness from chocolate malt. Pours dark and foamy, hoppy, ahh! the taste of citrus C-hop, and the c-hop aroma. Full mouthfeel. Delightful as a meal in itself. mR_fr0g (12067) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Shepard’s bush. Aroma is light dank piney hops with nutty and some ashy roast. Nice caramel brown coloured pour, lasting cream head. Palate is nice and full with smooth carbonation. Flavour is nutty, light roast malts, with pine and resin, varnish, warming alcohol. Slightly odd tang to it maybe some dank hop. Big lingering hop bitterness. Really good slowrunner77 (12030) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2016 a dark, dry hopped beer...yummy. fairly unique brew, and even though dry hopped, not overly hopped, especially by Stone’s standards, as another rater noted. frsh re-releases after the 11th anniversary have gotten even better. the last two times i had this nice freshly hoppy dark brew, it’s been awesome!"
The encore 2016 seems a little weak in comparison. Still very good, but not 100th percentile great.
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2011
Bortled. Thx to my Secret Santa for this. Dark Brown coloured with red gleam. Aroma of roast, grass, herbs, cocoa, spice, chocolate and spice. Spice, roast herbs, grass, flowers, chocolatl in the flavour. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a roasted and herbal bitterness. Nice.