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RATINGS: 3596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerdrinkingking (47) - Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2002
good beer except for tasting so hoppy and it also has a great name

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PCal99 (4) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 12, 2002 does not count
I went to the Stone last weekend and sampled their beers. Well worth the visit for anyone visiting North County San Diego. The staff was very friendly and showed us the entire facility. This is a great beer. I bought a case!

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
themorningzoo (49) - Fairbanks, USA - MAR 12, 2002
Sorry.. too much bite, too much bitter, too much hoppy taste.. sorry guys just wasn’t impressed!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2002
Great artwork and text on the bottle! The back is hilarious. Inventive taste, a must try. I couldn’t drink it every day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Clear, ruby red. Soapy, rocky head and lace. Huge nose of caramelly, crystal malts and resiny hops. I also detect some peat and chocolate as well. Very rich. sweet flavors of malt, caramel and brutal, bitter, piney, resiny hops swimming in a medium-thick, rich body. Very hoppy but has wonderful sweetness throughout that provides the balance. Finish is hoppy and pretty dry. A damn fine beer! Thank you Gusler!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2002
This stuff is awesom. There is an increible quntitity and variety of flavors packed into this amazing brew. It has a wonderful hop beginning and a beutiful chocalate malty finish. Amazing!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 Thought I would re-rate now due to my personal affinity for this brew. Once again, very deserving of the 5.0 rating I originally gave. A Hall of Fame brew that turned me on to the joys of all other beers being different than Miller or Anheuser Busch.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2002
Absolutely gorgeous color on this one. Excellent transition with the hops, it all went smooth. Finish of roasted fruits, raisin.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
beer200299 (13) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2002
This beer just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe I have something against hype, as this beer is hyped a lot, but it just tastes harsh and unpleasant to me. Sorry, guys. I do like your IPA quite well, however.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2003 Rerate 05/08/03: Tried this on draught at Barley's Smokehouse. This is just one of those beers that is so unique and difficult to categorize that it is always a pleasure to drink. Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a thin and foamy beige head. Thin lacing. Aroma is alternatingly floral, fruity (citrus mostly), and malty. Medium-bodied and tart, with flavors of citrus, caramel, malt and pine. Complex yet easy to drink, with a nice strong and bitter finish. I have grown to appreciate this beer after having it so many times. 02/21/02 (3.7):I have to admit I didn't like this one on the fist taste, but at ounce 5 or so it started to taste really good. Not sure if this is a beer you want to spend the whole night drinking though, as it is expensive and hard to keep up with. Perfect color and different from the norm, which always scores points with me.


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