swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beerís aroma is sweet with what I felt was a hint of vanilla. The taste washes evenly across your palate. A sort of citrus flavor that is full and rich with a slight hoppiness. A beer I have been wanting to try for awhile and it did not disappoint. Clearly the favorite of that evenings tasting and one I cannot wait to get some more of.
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber color, with little head. Very bitter on the palate. Good beer on occasion. Strong bold favor. Not for the weak of hear.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like my brother said; besides its name being a good description for many alcoholics, this is a really good beer. Pours a deep red amber , with an off white head that leaves thick lacing. The floral scent is attractive, and uncommon. Very smooth yet complex flavor. Experience isnít as hoppy as some American strong ales, because they are blended nicely with the loads of malted barley.
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - MAR 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
this is not as hoppy as say, a ruination ipa, but itís still very hoppy and bitter. itís a good beer, but i was expecting much more.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a solid ale. Very enjoyable, but it definitely doesnít live up to the hype, even though itís the sole purporter of said hype. Itís a wonderful beer, but I donít feel as though my mouth has been accosted, nor do I think itís that inaccessible, as I shared a bottle with two friends of mine who arenít avid beer drinkers and they proclaimed it among their favorite beers ever. Perhaps Stone should strive for something that isnít so delicious in their attempts to ward off the "unworthy."
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 A great full flavour. Most of the people around the table hated this one, but compared to their budweiser, this one is a little intense. A good well rounded beer.
RERATE: Strongly bitter - and not in the traditional west coast IPA sense, rather the English ale sense. A very rich and complex beverage with a thick tan head.
ABUSEDGOAT (2487) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Ruby body with a fairly large head. Aroma is grapefruity and spicy hops galore. Medium bodied. Still the staple for the style, but I can never get into Stoneís house character or well... hop/mallt choice either. While more íboringí than the double bastard, I find this less offensive. Itís not bad, but I have really grown to dislike the stone beers.
nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can be said that hasnít been said already? Thereís a reason it ranks so high. Good smell, looks nice, taste great. Why be wordy... itís just damn good.
ian2000gsxr (69) - USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 floral, fruity smell..full taste and dry.. kinda sweet but not overly hop taste really comes thru at the finish.. excellent...dont listen to the warnings.. you will like this. i know i did.. and it got me drunk lol
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Amber body. On the pour head was off white and frothy, head dissipated but slight head was apparent on top of beer though out. Great lacing was left on the glass. Had a floral aroma to the beer. Flavor tasted like brandy at the end and you cold feel the alcohol taking affect. Glad I had this at home because otherwise you should have a designated driver if at a pub.