Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 ReRate-Ya know, i have a really mixed feeling about this beer. Sometimes i have it, its pretty good (tap and fresh bottles). If you get an old bottle like most of them here in so. NM, then forget it. I dont like Chinnok Hops, which is what is used here. The hop profile here is oily, piney, resiny and really damn dry. A good malt backbone i must say. I lowered the score a few points. I guess my palate is becoming more discriminating!
RERATE-22oz bottle-Damn, now i know what everybody is talking about in this one. this beer is the most balanced beer by far from the stone line. perfect marriage of hops and malts. Im so glad this is available in New Mexico(im moving there in a month for graduate school)
The RAF guide said this was stored in an oak barrel, which may have given this brew a different taste than what i was expecting. Also, i sampled this brew right after the 3F’s Behemoth, which may have mangled my palate for this sample. Needless to say, what i sampled was very toned down from what i was expecting, but still very good
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2003
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours very dark and the head is creamy but has an eerie yellow hue. This is definately an agressive beer as it is stated. I am not a fan of this type of beer and A.B. reaffirmed that notion. I did not enjoy it at all, but after sharing a pitcher with two friends, we hardly found our way home.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops, cream alcohol and winey malts with an oily tan head. Cant believe I havent rated this yet. Vinious malt, raison, grapefruit, with a background of resious hops. Finish is full of winey/bread malt and piney hops.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great looking beer. Huge rocky head over brilliant cherrywood body. THe aroma has all the hops I hoped for, but the flavor integrates them beautifully with some sweet, full malt. I did not expect to like this as much as I did.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an opaque deep amber brown/mohagony body topped by a very thick creamy head that overflowed the glass. A good amount of lace was left behind. Somewhat sour, yet sweet and fruity (similar to mango)aroma with good malty notes. Sweet and fruity (melon) malt flavor with a slight touch of alcohol. The finish is smokey with coffee notes. Full bodied and slightly dry with a touch of warmth.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2004 Second taste: Fresh bottle. Light aroma of alcohol and spice. Dark with hints of light. Foamy porous head. Beautiful balance of strong hops and malt. Deep fruity alcohol notes. Much like a barley wine with all the right notes without the heavy body.
First taste: The story: Tipsy's buddy had a 2-year old (+?) bottle unopened. Tipsy opened it, drank half, corked it and the the next day I sampled. Amazingly still a good starting head, smooth lacing. Dark malt and hop aroma. Dark dirty amber colour. A beer you can chew, much to my liking. Nice balance of hops and alcohol. Slight nutty flavour. Kicks the ass out of any macro ale. Not a guzzler but a quality and complex beer. 8/4/7/3/15
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
malty, almost scotch-like aroma. Pours an amber red, a tad cloudy with a frothy head. Very heavy mouthfeel similar to a scottish ale. The commercial description is quite accurate. This beer has bite! Very strong hops...almost to its detriment as it effects the overall balance. Hops crush all other aspects of the beer. Once you get used to it, it settles down. Not a beer for the timid.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep red color and Strong full bodied flavor. Stone brewery is fast becoming a favorite of mine.
sloth (2647) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful bright amber/copper color.Rocky light brown head that hangs leaving a nice lacing all the way down.Malty,nutty,spicey hop aroma.Full bodied brew.Spicey hop flavors and sweetness up front.Bready,fruity flavors that work together very well with the hop flavors,balanced.Nice creamy,chewy big bodied brew with a balanced bitterness in the finish.An well balanced big beer.Incredible!7.2% alc. is nice also.Fantastic brew!Need some to lay down.Would age well i,m sure.
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is some good stuff. Assaults the palate with a strong bitter taste unlike anything ive ever had.