Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2008
On Tap at Bier Tasting event at Boston’s Bistro & Pub.
Extremely black and extremely odd. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but was glad that I got the chance to sample this beer. Stout + IPA = 11 Anniversary? Roasted malt with nice strong hops. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
On draft at Redlight Redlight’s Stone Kickoff, Orlando! Thanks to our own Redlight for owning an amazing bar. One must wonder how this beer retained the hoppiness for so long. The hops were still strong, as were the malts. Great balance between the strong flavors, though. Tastes like citrus covered toasted marshmallows. aracauna (3616) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
There was a distinct hop note emanating from the bottle when I uncapped it, but this is actually a fairly unhoppy beer by Stone standards dried fruits and nuts come from the malt and yeast and there is a faint chocolate in the finish. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL). Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with thin white head. Aroma is heavily dominated by a hop presence but notes of malt, coffee, and toffee sneak through at times. Flavor is malty and hoppy with notes of citrus, pine, caramel and coffee. Generally medium to full bodied with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Opaque red-brown pour with a nice light tan head. Fruity hop aroma with citrus and grapefruit. Slightly sweet fruity hop flavor. Lots of citrus and roasted malt. Like a mixture between an IPA and stout. Would like to try it fresh!
douglas88 (9420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2009
11th anniversary Bomber thanks to Lagunitasfan. Pours a dark mahogany color and a nice thick beige head with tons of sticky lacing. The aroma is nice; lots of rich malts, hops, some fruity, almost strawberry notes. The flavor is very nice; dominated by a big malt presence, sweet caramel and lightly toasted notes, some strong hops fill it out. Very smooth and flavorful. Tasty and easy to drink. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Nice. paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Cask at O’Briens SD. Funky, blast of hops on the nose. A bit of sweetness, very complex, herb and vegital. Extremely long length. Color was black with a brown standard type cask head. Hops really dominate and the malt create a unique brew. Much different from the 11th bottle enjoyed a week prior. Interested to see how current bottles compare. sridleyGTR (23) - Golden, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
Poured into a trappist glass from a 22 oz bottle. Looks like a stout – opaque black with a thin tan head that fades to almost nothing, but leaves lacing behind. Aroma dominated by juniper / pine, with malty undertones. Creamy palate that turns slightly fizzy (you feel the carbonation that you can’t see). Bitter cocoa up front transforms into a major piney hop aftertaste. Some smoke flavors emerge as the beer warms. Finishes with lingering medicinal and cherry flavors. A strange combination of flavors, but the ABV is well hidden. ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2009
On tap at Deep Ellum. Body is black with very little light at the corners. A tall creamy tan head had good resiliency and leaves spotty lacing. The nose and initial flavor is full of fresh crisp hops, with citrus peel, grapefruit and watery pine notes. The body feels heavy on the tongue, roasty and malty with lots of toasted nuts and chewy bread, but the hops and the carbonation carry this beer. I sometimes think Stone’s carbonation detracts from the beer, being too lively and acting as a thinning agent on my pallate, but it works to their advantage with this beer and allows the hops to break through the roasty body and come alive. Really nice. thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle: pours almost as dark as a Stout with a thin light brown head. Smells very piney with roasted malt molasses under tone. Tastes like an IPA Stout. Very complex in flavors anf piney bitter finish. Overall: this is a typical Stone beer... very very hoppy and very good.