jgb9348 (4714) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another Imperial IPA by Stone. A good overall beer, but simply too much for a standard beer. Good colour and great hoppy nose, as usual...but simply too much to process.
gyruss77 (3) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is great!! And one 22oz. bottle will get you started in the right direction!
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark amber beer has ruby glints and a rich off-white head with heavy lacing. The nose is of honeydew, papaya and light clove. The palate is full-bodied and agressive with a strong burnt grain presence, clove and rich, meaty papaya. THe finish is astringent with tannins and bitter hops, but it is well-balanced by subtle caramel and tropical fruit sweetness.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Red/Brown with a big, tan head.
Grapefruity hop nose with some caramel.
Musty malt flavor is overlain by grapefruity hops. Quite sweet, but very bitter.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 ReRate-Ya know, i have a really mixed feeling about this beer. Sometimes i have it, its pretty good (tap and fresh bottles). If you get an old bottle like most of them here in so. NM, then forget it. I dont like Chinnok Hops, which is what is used here. The hop profile here is oily, piney, resiny and really damn dry. A good malt backbone i must say. I lowered the score a few points. I guess my palate is becoming more discriminating!
RERATE-22oz bottle-Damn, now i know what everybody is talking about in this one. this beer is the most balanced beer by far from the stone line. perfect marriage of hops and malts. Im so glad this is available in New Mexico(im moving there in a month for graduate school)
The RAF guide said this was stored in an oak barrel, which may have given this brew a different taste than what i was expecting. Also, i sampled this brew right after the 3F’s Behemoth, which may have mangled my palate for this sample. Needless to say, what i sampled was very toned down from what i was expecting, but still very good
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2003
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours very dark and the head is creamy but has an eerie yellow hue. This is definately an agressive beer as it is stated. I am not a fan of this type of beer and A.B. reaffirmed that notion. I did not enjoy it at all, but after sharing a pitcher with two friends, we hardly found our way home.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops, cream alcohol and winey malts with an oily tan head. Cant believe I havent rated this yet. Vinious malt, raison, grapefruit, with a background of resious hops. Finish is full of winey/bread malt and piney hops.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great looking beer. Huge rocky head over brilliant cherrywood body. THe aroma has all the hops I hoped for, but the flavor integrates them beautifully with some sweet, full malt. I did not expect to like this as much as I did.
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 (4611) - 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