green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fridge Temp. Strong spicy hops aroma. Luminous blood red in and English pint with a tan head that laces well and mostly diminishes. Flavors are huge, supperhoppy, resinous and complex with a unique, massive spicy mutant cinnamon like flavor dominating. Finishes with pronounced bitterness but a nice almost port-like aftertaste. A fun, spectacular beer.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall pretty solid beer, Looks absolutely beautiful, nice dark reddish brown color with a tannish head, smells tastes strongly of hops, still plenty of roasted malt flavor too, not my particular cup of tea, (tasted very West Coast to me) but I can taste and acknowledge this is a solid beer Thank you Probiere
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 22 oz. bottle pours brilliant deep red copper in color with a giant tan head; good lacing. Bountiful hops dominate the aroma, but I also spotted some caramel malt. The initial palate is malty sweet (and more so as the ale warms). There is a powerful, unsubtle hop finish with slight alcohol warming and a super long-lasting aftertaste.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Yardhouse, Long Beach. Dark amber colour, with quickly gone white head. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy and malty taste. Full bodied with very noticable alcohol. Not bad, but I was expecting better.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Rating Number 100.. Poured an dark amber color with a two finger head that dissapeared quickly. Nice hoppy aroma with a malty presence. This one kicks you in the face with taste. Very heavy hop beginning with a bitter yet malty middle and some alcohol and hops bitter in the finish. Definitely a great beer.
StoutsRights (10) - USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber color. Had to pour it a bit roughly to get the head, which dissipated, but left some nice lacing. There is a big hop prescence, but the bitterness is mostly hidden behind equally big maltiness. I let it warm up, and the malt completely overtook the hops.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich red-copper colour, fluffy tan head. Amazing aroma, mostly hops and pineapple. Taste is very hoppy and malty. Taste like nothing else Iíve tried. A truly great brew, and Iím not even a hophead...many thanks to the guy at Premiere Gourmet who recommended this...lookin forward to trying more Stone brews.
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Zis bier lookt gut as I pourt it, mit ze gut head unt laceink. Zen I trank zum, unt it vondered me, vhere vas ze gut flavor complexion? Gif me ein gut Bock bier any time.
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2005 Total Score: 3.6
DRAUGHT I wasnít particularly impressed with this beer. It seemed to have the looks of a great beer, but the flavor seemed very one dimentional with some roasted flavor. The hops were quite manageable for a beer of this heavy body. I could easily name a dozen dark ales Iíd rather drink.
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 From 22 oz bottle with the neat label. This poured dark amber with nice tan head. Strong hops and malts greet you. Takes over your mouth in a hurry and is easy to drink. Flavor of malts and hops in good balance. Long bitter finish. This is everything a craft beer should be. Yum, yum, yum. Love this one.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer laces well. Whatís lace good for, anyway? Hops taste after a first sip, but as you drink more you find other flavors, including some sweetness. One day Iíll drink beers like this exclusively.