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.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 On tap as guest beer @ Lamppost Pizza. Small ring for a head, light lace in rings. Clear amber, sparkling. Hard to pick up aroma. Clean mouth, dry finish. Flavor was dominated by hops in a big way, harsh, piney, with g-fruit rind, citrus...shouldn’t have had it before my pizza b/c the stomach wasn’t feelin’ it. Bastard indeed. ;o
Bottled. Nice rich mahogany color; clear and sparkling like champaign. Off-white, almost beige head--fully lasting, smallish to medium; nice, thick sheets of lace leaving behind a lovely, balanced patchwork. The aroma is exciting for me: it smells similar to an IPA; it’s simple, but very nice. Honey, honey-comb, fruity, floral hops, the slightest touch of pleasant juniper bushes and some mild, sweetish wheat-bready yeast. The mouth on this one is more pleasant than that of the bottle--with it’s warnings and naysayings. Fullish, lots of rich, foamy carbonation, yet the mouth retains pleasant liquidity; noticably dry. Flavor: honeycomb malts, touch of sugar, not very sweet--it’s a natural kind of sweet, like unsugared strawberries. Hops are introduced and finish with considerable, enjoyable bite. Grapefruit RIND, very bitter rind, pine, juniper and all three mix into a pungent finish that introduces and covers the alcohol. There’s some yeasty undertones throughout; tastes much like what it is: unreacted yeast. It’s lightly wheat-bready and pleastant though, mediating between your palate and the hops. Some floral hops are tastable as well, complementing the yeast and further blending the hops with the malts and creating the "honeycomb" flavor. ...loved by few... Not all aces in my book, but masterfully done. Powerful; pleasant.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red. Smell is of rose hips and hops. Taste is bitter like a strong IIPA. Very nice!
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer. Certainly on the strong side with gobs of hops. Bitter yet smooth, a perfect blend with the cheese raviolis I just had for dinner!
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful pour, with rich color and great frothy head. A prominent nose of flowery hops. A great initial sweet taste of malt and a hint of honey, which blends smoothly to the huge hop finish. Great beer. Had it on tap in San Diego.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells dry and roasty. dark brown/red color with tan head that lasts. Very chocolatey with a strong bitter finish that lingers on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Very roasty aftertaste.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
What has not already been said about this beer hundreds of times. A great American strong ale. Big malt Big hop and great depth. Great mouthfeel and wonderful finish. I wont go ito depth here. Everyone else has said it. Except much better on tap than out of the bottle which is still pretty good.
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, like all Stone beers. On draught at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia. Small but tight head. Big hoppy nose with plenty of malt coming through. Reddish color. Lots of hop bitterness at first then the malt comes through. Bitterness lingers for a long time on the tounge. Might he slightly too malty for my tastes but still a great beer.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This rocked. First brew of the day at Mike’s going away party. Very hoppy, tasted of spices, chocolate, hints of pine. awesome dark appearance with perfect amount of tan head. great way to start the day at liar’s
rauchbier (3753) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000th rating, I am finaly worthy. Bottle, with big thanks to BeerLimey for this. Deep chestnut, lasting yellow beige head and good condition. Initial hit of sweet chocolate malt before the blast of spicy resinous hops takes over, big mouthfull of roast barley, sweet caramel malt, pine resin, menthol and mouth tingling hops. Excellent restrained hop bitterness, raw grain and toffee linger into the finish.