beerhoto (14) - Terre haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best ales I've had. A very dark, deep red, and a nice head. A full bodied ale with a great taste, can't wait untill my local pub gets the Double Bastard.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 One of my favorites, a strong content along with an excellent taste. The aroma is hoppy and floral, roasted malts. I need to have a glass before me to rate it perfectly, but when I open my last bottle, I’ll re-rate.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
slightly hazy deep red, well retained lacy beige head. nice aroma of caramel, candied fruit and flowery hops. you can really tell there's a big ale waiting for you. smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. sweet ad roasty malt, bitter chocolate, orange hard candy and some resiny bitter hops. overall well balanced and very well crafted. the best I've tried from stone.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beautiful red-amber beer was served with a nice head that failed to ever fully subside. It left a nice lace on the glass as well. The aroma was very potent, with hops florals, citrus, and pine notes. The first taste startled me not because of the hops, but because of the excellent balance of maltiness and bitterness. Strong caramel notes were followed by an intense hop presence that left a lingering mitterness on the aftertaste. Every taste followed the same malt - citrus - bitterness trend, from beginning to end of the glass. The mouthfeel was very full, but yet somewhat refreshing with the heavy hop finish.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful beer, dark amber in color with nice head. The aroma is complicated: overly hoppy but also fruity and floral. The flavor is very bitter but appropriately so. The hoppiness is complimented by a lighter fruity flavor that is not apparent at first taste. A very full palate for a very satisfying beer. Not for the tame or weak-willed, this is truly an American Strong Ale.
FatherMoss (21) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer will kick you in the ass, period. Extremely hoppy, bold and (what can I say?) arrogant taste. Lingering bitter aftertaste, good carbonation, noticable alcohol taste. So many flavors that it was hard to discern one or two - a cornucopia of taste for the tastebuds. Great marketing pitch. Excellent brew. One of the best.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good if you want West Coast hops to kick you in the nuts. Which I did when I got it so it was very enjoyable. The hops are balanced by a very sweet malt backbone that is actually slightly too sticky-sweet but I guess it has to be to stand up to the hops.
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rich, assertive but nicely balanced West Coast ale with a quite complex aroma and flavor. Poured with a beige med-sized rocky head that's fairly long lasting; good lacing. Deep amber color with coppery red highlights. Slight chill haze typical of bottle conditioned beers; cleared as the beer warmed. Perfumy floral hop bouquet with underlying citrus-grapefruit notes. Sweet caramel malt nose with a myriad of fruity esters that I was a bit hard pressed to put my finger on; perhaps raisin and plum with a bit of pear? Noticeable alcohol aroma that became more evident as the glass warmed. Flavor starts with a rich malt sweetness and bold hop bitterness that follows through to the finish. Fruity esters emerge mid-palate with a subtle toasty note. Malt richness dries a bit towards the finish but the hop bitterness remains assertive. Palate has a velvety firmness enhanced by a soft carboantion. Very slight astringency in the aftertaste. For all its bold arrogance this brew actually mellows a bit (relatively speaking) as the glass warms making it a nice ale to enjoy at a leisurely pace.
guzzler67 (1491) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful deep copper appearance with a medium sized head. Floral hop aroma. Full bodied taste that is well balanced; once you think the hops dominate, then the soothing malt backbone kicks in. Finish is similiar; somewhat sweet, lots of bitterness. Very enjoyable.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Bottle.
I am starting to suspect that Stone’s bottles do not travel well to the East coast all the time. This was my second disappointing experience with Stone.
Pours a deep reddish mahogany, with some slight beige/white mildly creamy head. Again, no sediment whatsoever. Aroma is sharp and smells overly bitter and citrusy.
Opens up with a muted malt taste. In the middle of the beer, all of a sudden there is a bitter twang of hops flavor. Earthy yet piney, like a musty pinecone lying in the dirt. The malt is most curious in that it is not terribly sweet, but more dry and salty. Texture is very similar to ruination ipa, velvety. Beer certainly dosent thin out and has a nice full body, but the flavors are strange to say the least. Slight astringency problems arise. Has a muted honey herb flavor as it finishes and there is still bittersweetness on the palette. I really wish I could try this on tap. I would imagine it to be much better. Definitely want to try again. Rerate. Bottle again. Opened up bitter, muddled and syrupy BUT as it warmed and breathed, I finally saw some goodness in this beer. Flavor of a double IPA comes out, moderate caramel malt, chewy, almost leafy-like texture, fuzzy, peppery. Big bitter flavor and too much acid on the finish, but the nice hop flavor is apparent.