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RATINGS: 3663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Twenty-two ounce bottle. This is a hoppy, malty in your face New world west coast ale. A classic Stone Brewing Product.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Deep mahogany colored with a big frothy tan head dissipating to a thin creamy head. Aroma is citrus hops. Flavour opens with a malty sweetness to draw you in before pummeling you with citrus and spicy hops. Aftertaste is well hopped bitter and dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2004
this shit was good. poured out dark, tan head, small alcohol presence. my first beer from stone, and definately not the last. good hoppy flavor to it, spicy dry aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Dark dark amber ruby with a thin tan thick head, quickly discipating. The nose is crisp with perfume hops, the taste is stron perfume hops, starts sweet, middle acidic grapefruit, and ends with a spicy tangy hops. The body is tingly and crisp. Its good, but not as sweet as Id like.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Light tan head on top of a dark amber brown body. Nice Lace. Malty earthy aroma with a great floral citrusy hop pressence. Flavor starts sweet at the tip of your tounge and rolls back your taste buds ending with an excellent bitter finish. Citrusy with an orange sweetness. Big malt body, nice mouthfeel. Ends with a lingering dry aftertaste.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2004
The bottle I had poured dark, with a thick tan head and funky aroma... it tasted almost exactly like Three Floyds Alpha King until the end, wherein a certain tanginess set in.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Re-rate
Maybe there is something to the mystique of the 3L bottle. Ok, no there isn’t, but three years of aging make this a deeper, more complete beer
Aroma:
The good - strong
The bad - like funky pond water.
<P> This "black sheep" in the Stone family is good in all other respects (besides wretched aroma). If you follow the technique of plugging your nose with one hand, you will notice a great heavy malt, heavy hop barleywine styled champion. The taste of sherry is up front, with a loooong dry finish. Rating this lower than the norm must mean that "I’m not worthy"!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 19/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2004
A near perfect beer! A foamy, hop-heavy aroma. Definitely an aggressive ale in all ways-- from the name, to the bottle artwork- from the appearance to the smell to the finish. A nice honey-molasses flavor slickly balances out the heavy hops presence. Definitely an ass-kicker of a beer! Strong, aggressive yet velvety finish. Sooooo good!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 I’m not at all what you would call a hop-head so I figured this beer would be too aggressive for me, but I was wrong... Wonderful "beery" aroma, beautiful brown-copper color, and flavor was pleasently hoppy. YUMMY!

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
BanotRabe (1) - cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2004 does not count
This wretched beer is an amatuer-hour, bad home brew, ill-conceived bottle of mess. Outside its bigger, dumber brother "double bastard", it's perhaps top the crap-heap of overrated beers. How does a brewery that makes the greatest IPA ever made bottle trash like this?


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