Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an opaque deep amber brown/mohagony body topped by a very thick creamy head that overflowed the glass. A good amount of lace was left behind. Somewhat sour, yet sweet and fruity (similar to mango)aroma with good malty notes. Sweet and fruity (melon) malt flavor with a slight touch of alcohol. The finish is smokey with coffee notes. Full bodied and slightly dry with a touch of warmth.
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2004 Second taste: Fresh bottle. Light aroma of alcohol and spice. Dark with hints of light. Foamy porous head. Beautiful balance of strong hops and malt. Deep fruity alcohol notes. Much like a barley wine with all the right notes without the heavy body.
First taste: The story: Tipsy's buddy had a 2-year old (+?) bottle unopened. Tipsy opened it, drank half, corked it and the the next day I sampled. Amazingly still a good starting head, smooth lacing. Dark malt and hop aroma. Dark dirty amber colour. A beer you can chew, much to my liking. Nice balance of hops and alcohol. Slight nutty flavour. Kicks the ass out of any macro ale. Not a guzzler but a quality and complex beer. 8/4/7/3/15
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
malty, almost scotch-like aroma. Pours an amber red, a tad cloudy with a frothy head. Very heavy mouthfeel similar to a scottish ale. The commercial description is quite accurate. This beer has bite! Very strong hops...almost to its detriment as it effects the overall balance. Hops crush all other aspects of the beer. Once you get used to it, it settles down. Not a beer for the timid.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep red color and Strong full bodied flavor. Stone brewery is fast becoming a favorite of mine.
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful bright amber/copper color.Rocky light brown head that hangs leaving a nice lacing all the way down.Malty,nutty,spicey hop aroma.Full bodied brew.Spicey hop flavors and sweetness up front.Bready,fruity flavors that work together very well with the hop flavors,balanced.Nice creamy,chewy big bodied brew with a balanced bitterness in the finish.An well balanced big beer.Incredible!7.2% alc. is nice also.Fantastic brew!Need some to lay down.Would age well i,m sure.
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is some good stuff. Assaults the palate with a strong bitter taste unlike anything ive ever had.
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stck in a Holiday Inn in Flagstaff, AZ I wandered across the sreet to a gas station to buy a couple of beers. I bought this brew and what a find. This is an excellent ale! Nice dark copper color, a small head, pine scent, tremendous flavor, very enjoyable.
Larks (3) - North Bend, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Want to chew a beer? If you are a bud light lover, you will not like this beer. If you however like strong bitter beers, this is your beer. This is definately an agressive beer to quote Greg Koch. One of my personal favs.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red in color. A strong, harsh piney aroma. The bitterness is not balanced well in my opinion, or maybe I'm just getting fed up with beers that pretend to be great through high IBUs. Assertive but not balanced right. Not a big fan of this one.
MTNMAN509 (14) - Goleta, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good stuff. Skunky aroma, a little bitter, yet easy going. This was very enjoyable to me. I give props to the fine brewers over at Stone for this one. Go so cal!