beer200299 (13) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
This beer just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe I have something against hype, as this beer is hyped a lot, but it just tastes harsh and unpleasant to me. Sorry, guys. I do like your IPA quite well, however.
mancer99 (13) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Love the attitude, unfortunately it looks like the bastard is right. For me the bitterness ends up overwhelming the promising initial taste.
knickerbocker (13) - USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Ale the way it is supposed to taste. Good Finish great hop taste, very smooth, one of the best
WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 I go back and forth wether I like this or Ruination more.
RARELY does a beer come along that is new and original. Something that hasn’t been done yet. This is an aggresive beer, not for pansies. Hoppy and bitter, alcoholic and deep. Color is somewhat amber and non flattering, hiding the truth of the beer. Head holds its own. Buy this beer.
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like most Stones, prevalent hoppy taste. Mouth feel is thinner than one would imagine given aroma and appearance. Nice fruit taste to offset a good bitter experience.
raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very strong beer in both falvor and aroma. Not for amateurs. High ginger aftertaste.
Lucremon (13) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From San Diego tasting notes: Just starting to rate beer, but taste as I travel Canada, Europe and the US; This is top 10 so far for me: Dark amber and a little cloudy with a substantial head. Obviously heavily hopped with citrus and sweet brown bread aromas. Alcohol not noticeable upon tasting. I found it full bodied, well balanced with some dried fruit and a long finish.
Kevs86ta (13) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent ale. Very bold in flavor and and in the finish.Local fav. at my local pub. It is the most arrogant bar in America. I prefer the oaked version better.
NeroWolfe (13) - USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Pours brown red with medium light tan head. Strong taste, very bitter. Should be the standard for strong ales.
NationWide (12) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The local grocery store just started carrying this, which is kinda amazing since our college town tends to focus more on selling cases of Busch or Keystone or whatever cheap crap is popular at the moment...Hopefully this is one bastard that will stick around for awhile.
First things first, this is a Big Beer: Big Taste, Big Aroma, Big Hops, Big Deep Blood-Red Color. The scent hits you the moment you crack the bottle open- fruity, hoppy, INSANELY strong. Pours with a nice brown-tan head that quickly diminishes into a little top-fizz. Tastes about how it smells, monstrously hoppy with a strong bite and aftertaste that keeps going for ages. To be honest, I'm worthy enough to like this for the great, ultra-strong beer that it is, but I'm not worthy enough to fully appreciate everything that there is about this beer. Still though, a great beer, and well worth the $3.38 pricetag.