jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmmmm mmmmm. Hops and malt grab your attention simultaneously in the center of this exceptional ale. In the glass, the beer is a distinguished mohogany with a half inche of off-white head and significant lacing. Looks great while youíre drinking it. Tons of hops on the aroma. Lots of light spice, lemon and herb. Nutmeg? Coriander? Ginger? What is that underneath there? Tasting gives you a timid entry, then blows you away with prolific hops and malts. There is a caramel complexity to the beer that takes you to the river where there is more citrus on the finish, and several minutes later, perhaps, the ride is over. Fantastic, true ale. Love it.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this bottle at Dyess, AFB in Texas.
Poured a dark brown/reddish color, with a good 1 inch head, and has a nice hop and malt smell to it.
Taste is pretty strong hops, a little roasted malt, caramel and alcohol.
This is my first beer from Stone Brewing, and I can say that Iím thoroughly impressed. I was able to pick up some of their IPA as well, and I now canít wait to try that.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (GBBF): Copper with a mild brown head. Suprisingly subtle malt aroma, with big hops dominating. I expected more balance. Flavour however is a combo of sticky sweet caramel malts with a strong citric hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied, and quite tasty.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 Draft at Rich O’s. Pours dark amber with a foamy tan head. Has a bready, malty aroma that was surprising mild for such a hopped beer. Taste is intense maltiness with an insane hop finish. Prepare for an assault on your taste buds.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmmm, yeah. Floral and fruity in the nose, but not too much -- and a wonderful deep amber/ruby color. Pours with a nice head, and the sweet smell (and taste) of success. Big bitter/malt balance is awesome. Life is good!
drfabulous (6563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorites. Few words can describe the rich malty taste of this barley wine. I drank four in a row once at a bar in San Diego. This is serious beer.
Pete (6) - USA - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think the only thing arrogant about this beer is the label. It *is* a good beer, however I donít find it live up to all the hype that people throw itís way. Itís just too bitter and herby to be on the top of my list.
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is all about strong floral and fruity hops. The beer is dark red and left a thin lace on the glass. Herbal flavor with lots of hop bitterness. Heavy and full bodied.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep reddish amber with a quickly fading head and good lacing; thereís a good skin the whole way down. Aromas are not quite as "arrogant" as expected-- caramel malts, light roasted notes, clovelike spiciness, ethanol, hops citrus and some sourness. Full mouthfeel, almost creamy on the palate. Flavors of all the above sort of get tossed about and then settle into a very long, tacky sweet&sour aftertaste. Great stuff. Pour both glasses at once-- that second oneíll be just right when you get to it.
surfrules (1) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 4, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one beer good something fierce! This beer purs like a typical Pale Ale but the taste is far from it. The good part about this beer is thatis not too much head. It is not too rich and can easily be drunk during the bitter cold or a nice hot Death Valley afternoon. Definetly not for the weak, and hippis of course....