Shag (2714) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 This was my introduction into the wonderful world of great beer! This was also my first Stone brew and my palate will never be the same! You can find this everywhere around here so its a regular pick up for me. Brownish/red color and hopped nicely. Good head and lacing. Excellent aroma of hops and spiced fruit. Alot of malt flava. A slightly thicker syrupy texture. This is one arrogant bastard to a BMC drinker, but for the rest of us, its not so arrogant! Just good!
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a spicy aroma. Moderate Amber color slight carbonation nice size head very appetizing appearance. Very well balanced hits you first with the malt then finishes you off with a great hoppy flavour. This is trully an awesome ale!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very different - peppery, like essence of chile peppers without the heat, and even somewhat sweet and fruity. Yet the finish is delightfully dry, and perfectly bitter. The most impressive American Strong Ale I've had. The aroma is intriguing - I can't quite put my finger on what's inside this beer!
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 [wow, glad I revisited this rating - yea, this stuff is good, but it’s pretty much nothing but highly sweet, with assertive hops] Hmm, quite unique and flavorful. Nice deep amber color w/good lacing. Very malty aroma, with some hints of plums. Very thick body heavy with malts and with decent hops. Oily mouthfeel. Peppery and slighty fruity-sweet. Very barley wine-ish, specifically, very much like Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. This is better, however. I’m very thankful that we can finally get Stone beers in NY.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap: Very nice bright red color with a slight head which disipates- probably from all the hop oils. Very hoppy aroma and very bitter. Lots of hop flavor and good malt balance. Very good but could always use more hops for me.
jgb9348 (5171) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another Imperial IPA by Stone. A good overall beer, but simply too much for a standard beer. Good colour and great hoppy nose, as usual...but simply too much to process.
gyruss77 (3) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is great!! And one 22oz. bottle will get you started in the right direction!
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark amber beer has ruby glints and a rich off-white head with heavy lacing. The nose is of honeydew, papaya and light clove. The palate is full-bodied and agressive with a strong burnt grain presence, clove and rich, meaty papaya. THe finish is astringent with tannins and bitter hops, but it is well-balanced by subtle caramel and tropical fruit sweetness.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Red/Brown with a big, tan head.
Grapefruity hop nose with some caramel.
Musty malt flavor is overlain by grapefruity hops. Quite sweet, but very bitter.
Terminus (3381) - 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