civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Biting, strong flavor that is terrific for the palate and pleasing to the nose. Hits you quick and hard with the aroma, and appearance is fantastic.
jb (2701) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 This beer started out looking like just another nice small brewery beer. Reddish dark amber color with small head. Aroma fantastic, nice floral bouquet. I don’t buy that this is really hop heavy. It’s well balanced with enough hops kicking in to balance out the maltiness. I loved it though I didn’t find it the most complex beer in the world, just a style I love.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from a 22oz bottle. The label doesnt lie, this is a big beer, aggressively hopped. It pours out to a really deep ruby color in the glass with a creamy off-white/tan head. It starts with a sweet, almost chocolatey/caramely malt flavor before the real arrogance kicks in. There is an intense flavor of american hops that is somewhat citrusy. The alcohol isnít really detectable through all of the hops. It is highly bitter in the finish, but has a very thick mouthfeel. Good beer, but one bottle is probably enough.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. who likes hops...mmm I do! nice tawny brown color with a half inch frothy head, great lacing! Initial sweet malt flavor quickly devoured by intense hops. hops hops hops. tiny smoky aftertaste, slight fruity orange subtilties...good, but you gotta love hops...the malt was a little syruppy for me, would have liked the malt a little less dark..just a smidge, all in all an amazing brew!! last bottle in the store! ( woodyís see my review if you live in middle TN)
Dub85323 (9) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is AWESOME!!..Beautiful deep amber with a delicous tan head. To me this beer smells somewhat fruity. Deliciously smooth but still with a bite. Awesome beer. Iím lucky to be able to get this anywhere here in Phoenix..
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I wasnít really a huge fan of this beer, was expecting a lot more out of it i guess. Had a great dark amber color but the taste never quite felt right. Maybe it was the high alcohol content, but it just didnít sit over well with my tongue. Guess "iím not worthy"
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this beer on tap at a small place in northeastern Pennsylvania (donít remember the bar). Rich brass pour w/ reddish highlights supporting a solid dirty white head. Aroma of big hops with a touch of roasted malt and smoke. Fantastic full bodied hops everywhere but with a little less bitterness than, say, Victoryís Hop Devil or Hop Wallop. Nice balance of malts. This beer is more complex than amy of the other intensely hoppy beers Iíve tried. Unfortunately, itís not available near me - or I havenít found it yet - so Iíll have to remember the name of that place so I can get another few pints.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2005 I love hops and I love this beer. Awesome strong hair spray burn on your tongue that I love so much. Hops galore, and good alcohol content.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Prime golden dark color, the perfect tinge. Nice head, plenty of aroma. Hops & malt balanced very well, with fruity notes coming through traces of smokiness. Tasted a bit strange at first until my palate adjusted and i could hardly put the glass down ítil it was empty. Doesnt get much better than this. Too bad its so hard to get around here.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Great beer. Stone Brewing has been wonderful so far. Bravo! Very bitter, but I liked that. Really quite good. It was very easy to drink and the aftertaste is very strong. The aroma is great. Nothing wrong with this. I would recommend not drinking this warm. It is not good warm in my opinion.