Bottled Nov 2011.
More brown than black but pretty darned close to being black; no light shines through.
A solid an stubborn +1 finger head of foam that has the usual excellence of foam retention and lacing.
The smell is damn hoppy!; grapefruit and pine dominate my nose buds with no sign of any malt. I'm in the mood for a very hoppy brew so this could get interesting.
First sip in and it's pretty basic. Hop flavours of grapefruit and pine and even when I swish the beer in my mouth, nothing else stands out. Good thing I'm in the mood for that kind of beer right now. Bitterness is intense but not overwhelming and it's an easy drinker; medium bodied with the same for the carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel.
I'm enjoying this brew from Stone. It's been a long time since my last brew from them.