TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is very sweet, and somewhat chocolaty. The color is much darker then I was expecting. It is about the brown of well worn brown leather shoes. As for the flavor, the label pretty much sums it up. Pretty good. Definatly not an every day beer.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It is rare I find a beer that I MUST drink slowly. Both the tase and the high alcohol make this a sipping beer for me. The flavor is complex with lot’s of hops and sweet maltyness. I must admit that the marketing is pretty agressive.. but the beer lives up to it fully I think. The finish on this is about as long as it gets.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The attitude so agressively displayed on the bottle is carried out inside the bottle. Beautiful color with a slight roasted flavor.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep amber color. SLight hop aroma. Body is ablend of malt, caramel, and a hint of roastiness and bitterness. Finishes with somewhat of a hop bite. Another great brew from Stone.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent beer. Cheers to Stone Brewing for this one. Very nice amber color, strong hops presence with a complex malt flavor and aroma. And the label on the bottle is enough to make it worth drinking. Believe the hype, this is simply a great beer.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious beer. I thought with all the hype, it won’t live up to it but I was mistaken. A dark amber/brown with a cornucopia of aroma and flavor. I wasn’t much for the hop heavy brews but this is very well balanced. I can appreciate the hop flavors without them overpowering my taste buds. Damned good!
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2002
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
It’s all marketing. They try to do too much with this beer and leave me empty. I don’t understand all the hype. It wasn’t aggressive it was mediocre.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hops very present almost over powering sweet maltiness takes over the more I drank this beer the more I wanted
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
looks, smells and tastes good. an amazing beer. even if it weren’t, you’d still want to drink it because it’s cool.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 A sweet initial taste that finishes with strong hops. The reverse psychology ad campaign is a little patronizing, but they’ve got a great beer to back up their arrogance. Not just a catchy name, this stuff is good.
The more I come back to this the more I like it, along with all of Stone’s products. Definately one of California’s best breweries.