Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It's hoppy. Go figure. A hoppy beer from Stone. Hey, I accidentally dumped way too many hops in my latest homebrew! I'm qualified to be a Stone brewmaster!
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer isn't joking, most people will not like it because its very bitter. Very nice shade of brown with a regular head. If you like something that will kick you in the balls then this is the beer for you.
uvajed (171) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as aggressive as Stone's Double Bastard, this is still an excellent ale. They certainly didn't spare the hops when cooking up this one. Perfectly bitter and a noticeable alcohol not, but still sweet and easy on the palate. Certainly not for everyone, but I wish brews like this were more available.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Pours thick, with an off-white mostly diminishing head, rather low lacing. Under high intensity light the liquid appears an attractive ruby red, a fair amount of bubbles are present. Nose reeks of berries, sweet malts and subtle hops. Initial flavor is very malty and dry, and then it starts to get exciting. Resin sets in, followed by fruit and strong bitter hops that are held in check by appropriately strong malts. The after taste is resin and bitter that lingers for minutes. Overall, well balanced, thick, full bodied and a pleasure to consume!
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale poured a coppery brown that was very exciting to look at seated atop was amonstrous tan head that just wouldn't quit, very impressive to look at. Nose was very abundant with hops and citrus as was the flavor which was outstnding filled with grapefruit maybe some chocolatey tones... this was pretty near to perfect best American Ale I believe I've had, although there are alot more to partake of, this stuff was fantastic.
sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Near perfect. Nice bitter finish. If you like macro brew, stay far far far away from this. This is almost the brew of Satan. Then again, you should meet this beer's cousin...
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 Beautiful dark amberish color with a hoppy complex nose. Nicely balanced strong flavor in this. Simply amazing stuff.
CapFlu (4483) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Thin, yellowish-beige head and cloudy body. Nose of malt and cascade hops. Strong hops flavour. Very enjoyable!
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber in color. Difficult to see through in a glass. Head is dark cream color. Taste is very full with the carmel and malt being much more noticeable to me than the hops. Heavy beer. Alcohol content also seems noticeable to me. I would need to drink this with food.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2004 22 oz bottle. Have had numerous fresh bottles recently. The citrussy hops explode in the aroma with a big carmel maltiness. Flavor is rich and aggressively hopped with US hops. I love the balance of big hops with the rich carmel maltiness. Has become a standard. Same rating.
Initial taste:Sampled at the GBOA @ Lake Harmony. Smelled and tasted as if aged for around a year. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Rich malty flavor balanced with american hops. Reminded me of some of my 2 year old Homebrewed barley wine...