JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 Rerate march 13, 2012. Much better this time. Nice hops and roastiness.
Sampled at the Stone 11th party.
Dark brown with red highlights, this is IPA meets porter. bitter and very very very dry, not my cup of tea WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Ah so it goes that this is an alias, and i just tried the new sublimely self rightoues version and it was pretty nice.
2nd sample Stone Anniversary Fest XI. On Cask dry hopped with simcoe and summit hops. Pours dark dark black with a 1 finger creamy head. The nose was very nice, with prickly hops. Very smooth and sweet taste, not overly bitter. Damn nice anniversary brew. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large, foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, resiny hops with a strong malt background. A bit of chalkiness. Warmer temperature reveal a fruity smell, some citrus. I want to say there is a roasty or chocolate aroma but I think thatís just a strange synaesthetic response to the appearance. Without looking at the beer this could pass as a normal strong, balanced IPA or IIPA. Taste is different. Interesting and unique. Not too bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. I donít even know how to describe the taste really. Thereís definitely some roastiness in the finish, though subtle. The hops present in the aroma donít present themselves in the taste too much. Weird beer. This is good though. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
22oz - Aroma is strong grapefruit with yeast bubblegum and brown sugar sneaking in. Pours black with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is drenched in alcohol. Citrus hops followed by chalky dark roasted malts. Palate is hot and tart. Interesting and different but a little too hot for me. I wonder if a little time to mellow would allow for the complexity to shine. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2007
On-tap at Hamiltons. Pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick, off-white head with lots of lacing. Itís very bitter and hoppy with a stomg piney note, a little pepper and a hint of grapefruit. A little bit of underlying malty sweetness shows through as well as some sourness. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Smells hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, pine, resin, Simcoe, chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. Poured very dark brown in color with a creamy, rocky, light brown, head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of dark malts, chocolate, pine, Simcoe, resin, toasting, and and some grapefruit. Medium body. Creamy, slightly dry texture. Bitter resin finish. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Black pour with a big tan head in a tulip. Smell is quite hoppy and some dark malt notes in there as well. Or maybe that is just my eyes projecting that on what otherwise is very IPA like. Taste is strong, bitter, and hoppy. Some dark roast flavors show up, but mostly what youíd expect from a strong rich heavy IPA. Light alcohol presence, but this is still nicely drinkable. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2007
22oz bottle sampled thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a dark brown with a white soapy head. Aroma of caramel and dark malt with pine and citrus hops. Piney earthy hops are the first flavors riding on those bitter coat tails is nutty toasty with a touch of bakers chocolate. Finishes with a lasting earthy bitterness. Interesting beer, Iím glad I got to try this fresh. thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Cola brown as it poured from the bottle. The head was active and bubbly at first, then settled to a thin mousse; left no lacing on the glass. In the glass, the color was dark brown with some deep red visible against backlighting. The smell is rich with both sweet malt and spicey hops. The mouthfeel was fluffy as though this were a cask-conditioned beer. Interesting! There are definite dark-roasted, slightly burnt notes in the flavor. The burnt malt flavor dominates the hops hops somewhat, so the hops in the smell are stronger than in the flavor. This is a very interesting hybrid style pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Black with creamy tan head. Heavy cherry and alcohol aroma. Alcohol taste as it warms. A bit too heavy for me but I appreciate the richness and how developed the flavor is.