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RATINGS: 3719   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Good god what a beer. I had this one at the SMA hopfest in NC, and if it had been a dog show this beer would clearly have been best in show. Strong dark character, with a rich hop taste, with bitter finish that is damn near perfect. It is hard to put a label on the beer itself. Close to a Nut Brown, but doesnít really fit either dry or sweet style. Generally, it was just damn good. Unfortunately, canít buy it in NC.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2002
like a punch in the face. terrific. probably the most complex ale iíve had. hints of citrus and ... smoke in the nose, a dark red-amber color with perfect carbonation. nice hoppy aftertaste, with a full on initial torrent of flavor. i really liked this beer! I brought this back from a recent trip to SanFrancisco. Found it in a corner-grocer and walked around town all day with it shoved in a brown liquor bag, looking like a hobo. however, it turns out, to be completely worth the humiliation of procuring it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1881) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2002
A hoppier version of Anchor Steam Victory Ale. Dark carmel color, chuck full of hops and alcohol content. I agree a little two dimensional, but worth a try.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
22oz. bomber of this and you wonít be worthy to drive. This beer knocks you right out with a hop kick and a wonderful malty aftertaste. Dark amber in color, off white head....thanks Stone for the great product.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 Pours a dark, clear deep brown color with a big, lingering off-white head. Nothing but strong hops in the aroma, so much so that it almost seems to burn my nose. Full bodied and not as bitter as the aroma leads you to believe. The flavor is magnificent, with a strong hoppiness that is countered by a wonderful malty sweetness. The finish is mostly hops with a lingering bitterness and piney aftertaste. I can"t wait to try the Double Bastard Ale.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
garyp699 (9) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 23, 2002 does not count
This beer teeters between extreme caramel (Crystal Malt 120L) and harsh bitterness (Chinook hops). In other words, two-dimensional. I love almost all beer, but this one did NOT have me going back for more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 Very strong, very tasty. The label boasts about the aggressive hops and krikey is it true. Red color almost looks like cherry kool-aid, but with a great head. This beer will kick your ass but like some bazarre beer dominatrix it somehow feels so good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
This is a big beer. It extremely hoppy so make it the last one of the night. Intense bitterness finds reasonable balance with the pronounced maltiness. Heavily hopped.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkDaMan (38) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 9, 2002
when you pour a bottle of this, youíre in true greatness. every brewery should strive to be like Stone.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mancer99 (13) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Love the attitude, unfortunately it looks like the bastard is right. For me the bitterness ends up overwhelming the promising initial taste.


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