joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of hops with notes of malts and dried fruits.
Sweet flavour of malts, fruits and dried fruits with a hoppy finish.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pint is a beautiful wood-stain reddish brown, with a 1/2" tan head that retains well and leaves good lace. aroma is very busy, with big notes of caramel and roasted malt wrestling with the high, piney tones of citric domestic hops. flavor is all over the place - every flavor note is on high - malt sweetness, roast caramel, grapefruit, pine resin, bitterness, leading to a full-on mess. way too thick and chewy in the finish, and totally inharmonious. just a car crash.
this is not worthy of the intelligent consumer. there are a lot better big beers than this over-hyped ale.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz 2004 bomber. Pours a reddish brown color with a thick creamy head. Smells of malts, hops, and has a little pine scent to it. Taste is malty, hoppy, with a slight citrus element to it. Very creamy in taste and it has a nice bite to it. Similar to the Stone 8th anniversary ale without the smoky flavor.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours ruddy brownish. Big agressive piney woody aromas, lots of hops and swet malts. More of the same for flavor, sweet caramel malts and woody spicy hops, and add a little peppery alcohol spiciness. Assertive bitter bite at the end.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was a favorite the first time I ever tried it. I still love it. Long Live Stone. Hard to believe I waited so long to try all the others.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an almost cranberry looking amber with a nice tan foamy head that laced the glass and was present throughout. This beer really looked nice. The aroma was of sweat molasses with some dark fruits. The initial taste was a hoppy bite. At first it surprised me because the aroma did not quite match the taste. But as I drank this bomber the tastes started to match up a little more with the aroma. Some citrus with almost a molasses meet citrus and floral hops on the taste buds. I really enjoyed this one. Went very well with the chicken I grilled up.
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Enjoy by: 09/27/05. A deep amber pour with a very thin khaki head that leaves rings of lacing. Chocolate, pine, grapefruit and leather in the aroma. Pretty unique combination. A full-bodied beer that coats the tongue with each sip. Starts off sweet with some caramel, malts, spices and woodiness. It transitions to a sticky finish with a good amount of bitter, dry hops that linger. Alcohol is quite well-hidden. Nice balance to this excellent beer.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. I am not worthy!! Have been wanting to try this for awhile now and I am not disappointed! I love the aroma, pine, citrus, and wonderful hoppy goodness. The flavor is huge, with the hops taking a back seat to the great malt. The hoppyness was less than anticipating.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber, courtesy of Heemer77 ( thanks Eric ). pours a reddish brown with a tan head that sticks around as I work my way down the glass. this beer is sticky sweet on the lips and the flavors of bitter roated caramel, toffee and prunes take hold. certainly a strange combination of flavors to this beer. great marketing of this beer though!
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle is talking shit to me. I admit it, im scared. Does my weak ass palate have what it takes to enjoy this? hmm, the aroma is delicious, got hints of sweet grapefruit, hops, and christmas trees. Tastes lovely, big grainy sweetness and hops balance each other out. Bitter coffee and chocolate flavors linger for a while. Lively and stinging presence on the tongue. Good stuff, and the gargoyle rules.