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RATINGS: 4016   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2004
Most drinkable incredibly good beer for most other artisian crafts to be measured by. I would love to try this on tap. Crisp palate and very well balanced flavor. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Itís amazing to me how many times Iíve had this without giving it a proper rating... At over 600 ratings, thereís really not much I can add, but I will highlight: Awesome head and very nice lace. Fantastic taste that is very well balanced and hides the alcohol content. This beer is a standard against which others should be judged: Not the best beer in the world, but a damn good bell-weather.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Sweet with hops and malt. I thought the taste would be confusing but all of the flavors have the same weighting. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
Tasted in NYC. Tasted at brewtopia 04. Aroma is of bitter hops with a slight hint of sweetness. Floral. Appearance is a deep copper colour with a small tan head. Laces well in the glass. Taste is a blend of malty backbone with a big arrogant bastard bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 30, 2004
Great beer. Incredible aroma and appearance, looks like it should: dark and menacing. The flavor is heavy on the malts but enough hops (duh, itís stone) to balance. Itís a bit heavy on the tongue, but thatís understandable I suppose. This is a strong ale I could drink all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Now thats what I am talking about -- tastes like they took SNPA, Dogfish 90 Minute IPA, and hyped them up on roids. BIG flavor. Had at Steamers Bar in Ketchikan, Alaska on draft. Nice red/brown color with tan head. Explosive hop flavor with pine overtones. Head stays with your till the bottom and trails its way beautifully down the glass. Aftertaste is a little much in the bitterness dept, but its worth the price. WOW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Nice reddish-brown color with a bountiful head. Pleasant citrus, pine hoppy aroma. Taste is fairly smooth ,flavorfull. Malts are understated which bring out the true hop character until the end. The aftertaste can be a little bitter and lingering but still a great beer. Haveínt had Buffalo Butt but I would think this is better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 Rerate 09-17-04. still from a bottle. the hidden power of the bastard is apparent to me, i can now appreciate the overwhelming flavor of sweet rich caramel from the malts and the tangy hop attack on the finish. i only discovered this by accident when i had another taste at my fantasy football draft. this is so much better when it has a chance to breath and warm, that said it still ain't my favorite Original rating 6-26-04 original rating 2.4.Bottle. nice pour. mahogany color with a tan head that laces down the glass. aroma is interesting with a cinnamon smell. I had previously tried this a few years back, and i did not like it. i am pleased that it tastes better than i remebered, but it still has a flavor that i donít enjoy. i like the malt flavor, but the hops in this do not agree with me. leaves an unpleasant taste. i guess this is too strong for me. Iím not worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Finally time to rate the one and only. Deep ruby reddish brown ale, off white head. Nose is full of citrus, light pine, florals, and some sweet buttery caramel to boot. Hoppy is an understatement, but really it comes through with a nice sweet malty balance. Medium to full-bodied, medium carbonation, lengthy bitter dry finish. In my book, Stone does no wrong....ever!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 I appreciate good beer. Iíve had over 500 different kinds since I became a SERIOUS beer drinker. However, this concoction is just a bit too over the top for me. The label warns of its "aggressiveness," and touts that anyone who is not a REAL beer drinker "probably wonít like it," thereby, subliminally at least, making everyone like it for fear of being called a wimp. Well, I can tell you with certainty that I am no wimp, and I have had much better beer than this. The taste is not what bothers me; rather, itís the pungent aftertaste that reminds me of Robitussin that appalls me. I had to eat an apple while drinking this thing to keep from vomiting (and remember, I have had Buffalo Butt), so that should tell you something. (And after paying almost 5 bucks for a pint and a half, youíre damn straight I was finishing it.) So, go on and tout your love of this potion; I will go on enjoying my more mellow blends that have less to prove in terms of how "manly" they are. Rotten vegetables, and putrid fruit dominate the flavor. Thatís all.

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