bierkoning (13813) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Lemon, grapefruit and red berries in the somewhat green aroma, with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Firm oily hopbitter flavor with grapefruit, berries, bitter walnuts and caramel. Some maltiness shimmering through. Long oily hopbitter aftertaste, earthy and woody. Not perfectly balanced, but a very big and tasty beer.
A later tasting @ jbrus’s place showed blackcurrant notes, tannines, and assam tea. Rune (13743) - 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). Camons (13514) - 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 Bov (13354) - 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 j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a large chocolate tan head. Loads of sweet pine and pineapple hops on the nose, backed up with a touch of chocolate and caramel. Medium body, rich roast notes and a little more bitter chocolate. Big bitter grapefruit finish with a little more lingering pineapple.
hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2007
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. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, rye, grapefruit, pineapple, and light pine. Flavor of dark roasted malt, citrusy hops, rye bread, and caramel malt with a bitter finish. slowrunner77 (13206) - 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.
Sammy (13000) - 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. thewolf (12946) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle @ thewolf tasting.
[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.