Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 4059   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
telepork (84) - USA - JUN 23, 2005
The malt is out the wazoo and it is sour as an ale can be. Add in some unfiltered skunk-glad extract and gutter water. It smells of swampy soil and alcohol, but tastes horrid. Iíll never drink this stuff again. Strong ales are usually just more cereal and stronger, but this one adds a complex assortment of really nasty flavors. Why the hell does anyone like this crap? If you wanna get "krunked," drink two cheaper, more palatible ales or a stout mixer. Avoid this demon pee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Sampled on tap at RFD Washington. It poured to a huge, thick, creamy beige head atop a mahogany body. EXCELLENT lacing. The aroma is caramelly, doughy, bready, sweet, and alcoholic. The flavor has huge sweet malts. Toffee, floral hops are there but not exceedingly strong. The palate has a slight stickiness to it. Slight bitterness as well. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Ruby/copper colored pour with a thin layer of creamy off-white head. First whiff makes me think of a nice west-coast IPA with the grapefruit/citrus hop presence. There was also a mild malty sweetness in there. Hops are dominant from the nose all the way through the nice drawn-out finish. Flavor picks up grapefruit, some alcohol, and a little woodiness. Smooth mouthfeel.. just a little oily. Malts certainly have a presence here, but much more in body than flavor. Slight warming effect as it goes down. You probably donít want to be anywhere near this brew if you donít like hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2005
Dark reddish copper colour with thick rocky tan head. Sour malt nose with slight alcohol notes. Bitter malt taste with bitter finish and slight warming alcohol notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Poured a clear chestnut color with a thick creamy off-white head. The nose starts off with grapefruity hops with a bready malt presence beneth. The flavor starts with intense citusy grapefruit and rich meaty malts. The finish was of toasted caramel malts and a very warm alcohol bath. Great hop balance makes this taste like itís much more than just a strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2005
Ruby colored with beige, foamy head. The sweetness from caramel malts dominate the nose and cover most of the hopexplosion of the taste, which is rather piny. The aftertaste is really dry. But a nice, full-bodied, complex beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
To style it is a fine beer, but it is just way too hopped and thus one dimensional for my tastes. Stone has some well balanced beers and I know they are just trying to give the hop heads what they want, but I think it goes too far...you can add the hops and still balance it with a malt profile and I donít think that is done here. Still unusual and drinkable, but not something Iíd buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JUN 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 Did I have the correct beer? This beer wasnít that hoppy? I actually found that I would have prefered less malt and more hops. I had it on tap, so maybe the waitress screwed up. But it was a reddish copper color. Less hops than an Alaska Pale Ale, for example. Somethingís wrong here? Much better from the bottle later. On re-rate goes from 3.0 to 3.6.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 8, 2005
Light hoppy aroma. Reddish in color. Strong hoppy flavor with a strong bitter finish that quickly goes away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2005
It looks fine and tasty, boy were my eyes wrong. Even the smell is hops. Way too much for my taste. Way too much for people that even like the hop bite. You just think you like it because the masses wonít. I could market some fancy massengill type beer with the same commercial description, and the extreme people would slurp it up because itís extreme/non norm. This hop count would make the top 50 beers on this site be in the bottom 30. My sophistication allowed me to aggressively finish the beer and punch the shit out of the friend that thought I would enjoy it.

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