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RATINGS: 3978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
This is probably my favorite American strong ale. This beer pours a very dark amber color with ruby highlights. Monstrous head with really good head retention as well. This is one burley bastard that will kick your palate in the sack... I love it! The flavor is quite complex bringing everything from dark fruits to wood, heck I can even taste coffee in this bastard. This is one of those beers where everyone can taste something a little different.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bomber. Going away present from great friend Kyle. Deep reddish pour, reddish tan pillowy head. Hoppy, malty, citrusy on the nose. Balanced and smooth. Bitter and sweet. Charred malts. Caramel. Digging it. Settles into picture perfect 1/2 head above beautiful burgundy balance. Seems to get better with every sip. Nice sendoff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bought in Wisconsin. They told me they were no longer distributing in WI area and this was their last bottle. Too bad, cause i’d buy again

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firecape (64) - - MAR 25, 2014
Nice crisp, dry hopped beer. Not much of an aroma, but a great hoppy taste that fills your mouth and stays through your sip. There is no malty sweetness to interrupt this hop pleasure - wish stone would try this brew with more varied hop notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tig397 (64) - dearborn heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
22oz bottle. strong taste of alcohol, sweat malt, and hops. large healthy head. thick menacing palate

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Nose is hops, color brown, creamy fawn head, hops and malt is a good balance. Bitter finish through a medium body. It was a pleasant surprise at the restaurant I visited this evening.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2006
A nice darkish color, that smells nice and fruity/sweet. It really wasn’t that carbonated, which was good. It has a real bitter taste at first and then finishes fruity, I guess you would call this a complex taste? I really enjoyied this beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nijuro (63) - USA - NOV 1, 2006
beautiful color and head. Sweet with citrus notes. very complet with a medium-body and drying mouth-feel. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
donovan1983 (63) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Very dark amber with a light-gold head. Aroma of malt and citrus hops. Grapefruit hops flavour with a strong malt component, the taste is slightly bitter overall but the malt sweetness is quite present. Finish is on the bitter side, but there is still plenty of malt sweetness in it. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and carbonation is just right. Really not as aggressive as I expected, and certainly a lot maltier. Actually it is rather well balanced and quite pleasant and easy to drink, and with its high ABV, that is almost worrisome. My 22oz bottle did not last long at all since I kept wanting another taste of it. I can definitely say this is the best beer I have rated so far. I will most definitely have to try more from Stone. If this is so good, I can’t wait to try their IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Kinda reminded me of my ex’s "academician" father, which in the real world means an arrogant bastard who happens to be a professor to back it up. Ask him a question, within his field or not, he (thought he) knew the answer! You taunt me with your arrogance, you bastard ale, just as that damn prof taunted me long ago! Anyways, this beer is quite bitter, but it is clear that this was the aggressive intention of this haughty ale. Enjoy- if you can handle it, apparently.


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