jayc (28) - USA - NOV 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
All 'the right stuff' -- looks good, feels good BUT too darn sweet (carmel-like) and REAL heavy. Great conversation piece though and everyone wanted a souvenir bottle to take home with them. BE CAREFUL handing this out to serious beer people ... if you do, have some cigars and a good brandy as a back-up ... or perhaps a stash of Glenlivit 18!
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burgandy with small head. Aroma is piney(unusual), citrusy, and malty.
Flavor is malt and pineous, citrus hops but that disappears after you swallow as the bitterness of the beer grabs your attention. Dry finish. Another good brew by Stone.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at the Stone brewery. Pours an interesting orange brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and unique. Nothing else quite like this one. Taste is citrus hop with a nice maly balance. Body is a little thin.
Note: Also tasted this at the San Diego Brewing Festival, as it was oak-aged. Really enjoyed this version. Wonderful rich vanilla flavors.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent american IPA to the max. Huge hop aroma and flavor balanced with caramel malt flavor. A celebration ale on steroids! I had this on draft Fri night, nice spicey hop flavor that lingered after the intial taste. I will be having this draft again!
auto (163) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark orange/red/brown colour. light yellow head (small). woodish alchoholy scent. the taste - distinct flavour i've never tasted before. very good indeed.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
small short lasting tan yellowish head. Bitter smooth flavor and dark red color. Strong caramel and toffee aromas. ARROGANT.
Evil6six6 (4) - USA - OCT 24, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is very strong and not for the weak of heart... the first couple of beers is very bitter... almost nasty. When you get used to the blatant slap in the face you will actually enjoy this beverage. One of my favorites.
micheller (14) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 this is the most hoppiest beer i have ever had. this is a good beer i like this one pretty well...i won't be using this in my crock pot.
raymow (893) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, hoppy and malty with a great dark reddish-brown coloring. You can taste the quality in every mouthful. Good stuff.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this in the 22 oz. bottle, and was really disappointed after reading all the high scores. I 'm somewhat of a hophead, but either this bottle didn't travel well or I'm missing the point. The aggressiveness didn't bother me, but the lack of balance did. Undetectable malt flavor, and rather thin mouthfeel. I liked the hops flavor, but the bitterness afterward was just too unbalanced for me to really enjoy. I'll give it another try when I can have it on tap.