JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very aggressive taste.
If you like hoppy flavor, you’ll love this one.
MrRain00 (37) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2001
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Despite the label, I wasn’t ready for the taste. It’s really quite good once you’ve grown accustomed to the aggressive flavour. I really enjoyed this beer, even if my wife said it was the worst piss she’d ever had!
HammerheadPDX99 (6) - USA - DEC 24, 2001 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excelent Hoppy flavor and a cool bottle. Good beer. In my top 10 list!!!
Brewmaster (168) - USA - DEC 22, 2001
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another excellent beer from stone!
fraternie (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2010 12/22/01: A complex but possibly overdone and overrated beer. I enjoyed it but found the burnt malt flavor and lack of balance in the finish (a lot of alcohol flavor in only a moderately strong ale) to be a little displeasing. To its credit, a complex hop presence and an interesting malt flavor, and it did get better as it warmed. Well above average but not world class. 3.8.
9/23/10: Nearly a decade later, my palate has gained wisdom. I was correct that this brew is very aggressive, but wrong about its balance on the palate, which nears perfection. Burnt caramel malt dominates above dark berry fruit and banana, with hints of grassy barnyard adding complexity. The long finish is wonderfully hoppy and creamy, and mingles beautifully with the dark malt body...anything but overdone.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would love to taste this beer without the hops, just out of curiosity. They seem so, well, harsh and distracting, from what is probably a nice blend of dark goodies. I’ll say one thing, though, this beer has one hell of a silky mouthfeel, creamy even. I suppose the extra attitude of the hops is the point they’re making, a kind of rebellious war cry lest the warm dark heart of this brew lull you. Anyway, thanks, Michael, for the gift!
legion242 (2223) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby, garnet dark; very little head; great plummy, orange nose.
Dry, not nearly as aggresive as the label advertises, though still would be hard on novices maybe. Gets hoppier as it warms, with lots of burnt malt at the end.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best beer ever, period. The perfect blend between overaly bitter and overly malty, best of both worlds. The label stands true, beware all you yellow fizzy beer drinkers!!
KillaBee (3) - USA - DEC 6, 2001 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stone kicks ass, the only thing other than meth to come out of San Marcos
Puss Gutt99 (206) - Oldtown, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hopped up in taste and logo