guinness4life (37) - USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, but not great ale. Lacks head, but still probably one of the best american beers out there. For a strong beer it is a good example of the style. It's nicely bitter with a crisp aftertaste and somewhat hoppy. I've tasted numerous ales similar to this. It doesn't stack up to belgian strong ales but is good in its own right. The alcohol manages to be filling without being overpowering and can't be tasted. It's a tad on the (over)pricey side and difficult to acquire outside CA. On an unrelated note : if you collect beer bottles this is a must as the bottle is hysterical. In short a good beer, but it doesn't reinvent the wheel.
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 What a beautiful pour. Dark mahogany color, average tan head. Perfect aroma of hops and citrus, makes my mouth water. First impression of taste, Wow. Very aggressive. Certainly stronger than the aroma. Not for the faint. A true beer lover's beer. Which means 99.9% of the general beer drinking population could only handle 1-2 of these babies. Amazingly smooth aftertaste considering the aggressiveness. Very good beer.
Ferociousaurus (37) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber pour with good head and lacing. Nose is some really pleasant floral hops and alcohol. Taste is overpoweringly, brutally hoppy, but with some good malt balance. Honestly though, this beer is all about hops—bitter, floral, and delicious. Pretty damned good.
TopherJackson (37) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another Stone beer dinner selection at BJ’s Brew house. Wow. I had expected this one to be a little softer than the Oaked AB but I assumed backwards. Big beer, big aromas, big complex flavors...spicy, toasted malt, hoppy...don’t judge off the first taste!! let the tastebud shock settle and go again.
mjteeters (37) - Issaquah, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle from local grocery store. Dark brown color with foamy head that quickly dissipated to some bubbles. Hoppy aroma. Boy, some solid hops -- bitter taste with a piney finish that lasts. Really enjoyable (if you a hop monster).
jmprdood (37) - - APR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally tried this after hearing all the hype. Aroma was pleasant and cloying with hop. Beautiful red-brown color. Smooth and balanced with a great hop bite at the end. A big but balanced beer - very good if you are a hop lover.
MrWomey (37) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a pleasant surprise. Quietly harboring 7.2% ABV, this one pours a beautiful deep mahogany brown, sports a head about 3/4 of an inch, and seems to hit the tongue with a rich but very subtle hint of black cherry flavor. That contrasts nicely with a slightly bitter conclusion after each gulp. This Ale is correct "I am not worthy".
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!
homebrewrules99 (37) - portsmouth, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The bottle made me think of my best feind and what is inside is even better. Strong good taste made me glade that i am able to enjoy such a fine beer. life is not the same now
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, I shared a big 22 of this yesterday, and liked it. I found it to be quite complex, which is a fancy way of saying not very "easy to drink". It was quite hoppy i thought. I will need to try this one a couple more times I think, but it will probably not be a favorite of mine. Yet, we shall see.....