shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
By far the most Complex and interesting beer I have ever come across. I had Drank the Ruination right before this one so my tongue was still a little puckered. I will have to drink another next week and gave a more suited review
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice crisp, clean citrusy aroma, mainly grapefruit, with some hops. Pours deep brown with a fluffy beige head that left good lacing. Strong hoppy flavor with definite grapefruit flavor. Very citrusy with subtle, almost non-existent, sweetness. Good palate but the grapefruit is very prominent with bitter finish. Seems better than it did 6 years ago.
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex brew...definite burnt malt/caramel flavor with a hoppy/citrus finish. Kind of a war of the taste buds, between the malt and hops. Unfortunately my only chance to try this beer was at a temperature slightly colder than 70 degrees or so. I’m going to re-rate this one once I get a nice cold sample.
Padron4KM (701) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark muddy copper color, with a decent tan head. Spotty lacing.
Citrus and pine dominate the aroma, with some raisin hiding in the back.
Flavor starts off malty sweet with a grapefruity finish.
noah (2) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appealing citrus aroma. Awesome complex taste, can’t identify much except for a slight pineapple/grapefruit flavor and a bit of alcohol (masked well).
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark copper with a respectable head. Aroma is dominated by hops which kick you in the ass when you have a taste. A nice sweetness somewhat balances. Great beer.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong burnt caramel with plenty of pine/orange hoppiness in the nose. Finger of large-bubbled but lasting tan head recedes with rings of lace atop dark copper-amber body. Aggressive bitterness with underlying thick, sweet malt base, though the resinous hops definitely have the spotlight. Lasting bitterness on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Medium-full body and chewy mouthfeel. It just gets better and better with each sip as the hops build on your palate. Bottle. Thanks, Dorwart!
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice dark reddish colored beer with a rather small head. It has a nice balanced, yet complex taste that isnt’ overwhelming. A very nice beer that is a lot different than much of the stuff out there
jercraigs (8781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2004 Aug 24-04: Redemption!
Similar body, appearance etc. Malt is far more present than previously, and bitterness is more pleasant and less astringent. Very nicely balanced yet still aggressively hopped, a substantial chewy enjoyable beer. Touch of alcohol and grapefruit in the back end.<P>
Aug 16/04: Dark red brown body with a moderate tan head. Resiny hops in the aroma, hint of caramel and alcohol poiking through. Flavour is fairly bitter with what lots of a quality I attributed to humulin but I am not sure. Not as hoppy and bitter as I expected. Heavy aftertaste seems a bit off at first but is less noticable after a few belts. Nice mouthfeel, a bit thicker than average. This is a bit of an adjustment. I had high hopes for this one and while good it was a bit of a disappointment. I have a second bottle so we shall see how it compares. Thanks to Callie for the pick up in California, and to the Ratebeerian who brought one to Dougs place. 7/3/6/4/15
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great brew from Stone, smooth but also bitter. Poured a brownish body, with a light head, and a hoppy aroma. Litely sweet beer but not too much, a very nice ale.