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RATINGS: 3594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably wont like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 If you like cheap crap beer, stay away. What we have here is a beer drinkers beer. Thick sticky head, deeep brown in color. Aroma of malts and hops. Taste is warm heavy hops with a malt chocolate finish. Quite fantastic. If you do not like this beer, YOU SUCK!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Draft: Somewhere between caramel and ruby in color with an amazing beige colored head. If you bake (or watch the Food Network) think stiff peaks. Scent of grain and flavor of malt with a lingering hop finish. Stone Brewing may be right, we may not be worthy!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
I loved this beer and I loved it's whole story! It mocks macros. Awesome. That's all I can say about it. As for the other stuff, you better look at someone else's rating.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Great label and even better description mocking the macros. Body was deep amber and radiated with aroma of spices and flowers. Taste was floral as well and quite enjoyable. Finish was great and dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 This was my introduction into the wonderful world of great beer! This was also my first Stone brew and my palate will never be the same! You can find this everywhere around here so its a regular pick up for me. Brownish/red color and hopped nicely. Good head and lacing. Excellent aroma of hops and spiced fruit. Alot of malt flava. A slightly thicker syrupy texture. This is one arrogant bastard to a BMC drinker, but for the rest of us, its not so arrogant! Just good!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Pours with a spicy aroma. Moderate Amber color slight carbonation nice size head very appetizing appearance. Very well balanced hits you first with the malt then finishes you off with a great hoppy flavour. This is trully an awesome ale!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Very different - peppery, like essence of chile peppers without the heat, and even somewhat sweet and fruity. Yet the finish is delightfully dry, and perfectly bitter. The most impressive American Strong Ale I've had. The aroma is intriguing - I can't quite put my finger on what's inside this beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 [wow, glad I revisited this rating - yea, this stuff is good, but its pretty much nothing but highly sweet, with assertive hops] Hmm, quite unique and flavorful. Nice deep amber color w/good lacing. Very malty aroma, with some hints of plums. Very thick body heavy with malts and with decent hops. Oily mouthfeel. Peppery and slighty fruity-sweet. Very barley wine-ish, specifically, very much like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. This is better, however. Im very thankful that we can finally get Stone beers in NY.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Tap: Very nice bright red color with a slight head which disipates- probably from all the hop oils. Very hoppy aroma and very bitter. Lots of hop flavor and good malt balance. Very good but could always use more hops for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4732) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2003
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.


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