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RATINGS: 3728   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2003
Very dark and very heavy. Not bad at all, but not something I'd want to sit around and drink a few bottles of. One was quite sufficient when I tried this. Still, it's not a bad brew by any means and certainly deserves its reputation.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
dark dark dark color, strong aggressive flavor, huge tan foamy head, A+, a must have - must drink beer

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 28, 2003
Pours a beautiful red color with a nice light tan head. Mild hoppy aroma. Strong grapefruit hoppy flavor dominates from the beginning. Very bitter. Malt detectable underneath hops. Finishes bitter also.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Itís a prime example of an American Brown ale. Malty, complex, hoppy, this beer has it all. Pours out a dark copper color, my guess is ~12 - 15 Lovibond. Plenty of head on this brute, with malty aromas up front, and a hop backbone thatíll crush any competition. Excellent balance of hops & malts here.Long lasting lace that made it to the bottom of the glass. No small feat there. Caramel aroma, with a touch of fruitness, but finishes very dry. Not sweet at all, in my opinion. Nice finish as itís swallowed. If youíre worthy, buy yourself as much as you can, while you can.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Gorgeous maroon-amber. Hop aroma was the best part. The alcohol was well hidden and the body is smooth, tasty and drinkable, with a superb malt backbone. Excellently crafted and perilously drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2003
Dark amber w/ finger of tan foam. Fresh, floral, leafy citrus nose. Firm & full bodied. An aggressively bitter beer w/ an excellent malt background. Extremely well-balanced & eminently quaffable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2003
I like the appearance. It pours a nice thick head, and has a good dark rich color to it. The aroma is nice, but you can tell going in that it's going to be a bitter ride. I think they tried too hard with the hops. There are other flavors there that are trying to get through to your taste buds, but can't because the bitterness is just too overpowering. They tried so hard to make it bitter that it cheapened the flavor of an otherwise excellent brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2003 Poured a beautiful dark amber color with a nice fluffy orangy-beige head. Piney, citrusy hoppy fragrance smells great. Very velvety feel, very smooth on the palate and tasting very bitter with almost an ESB type of bitterness to it that lingers for quite awhile. In fact it doesn't want to let go. A pleasant maltiness underneath, but obviously overpowered by bitterness. Name suits it well, arrogantly bitter. Bitter Bitter Bitter!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 22 oz Draft My first experience (a long time ago, it seems) with the Stone Brewing Company, the striking packaging of this beer drew me in, and many bottles, pitchers, and glasses later its still just as strong, biting, and assertive. Excellent deep color, good head, wonderful depth of flavor, potent and hoppy. A fine beer from a remarkable brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2003
I'm sure what to think of this one yet. It's good but the flavor changes. So far, so good, however.


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