senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, like all Stone beers. On draught at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia. Small but tight head. Big hoppy nose with plenty of malt coming through. Reddish color. Lots of hop bitterness at first then the malt comes through. Bitterness lingers for a long time on the tounge. Might he slightly too malty for my tastes but still a great beer.
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
growing up a (stone) throw away and having family involved in the brewing process at stone has left me a little biased but ill try, 22oz bottle, dark red with 1/4 inch yellow head, malt-alco-sweet smell, big bite leaves your tastebuds confused for a half second then you realize it just tastes like a damn good ale, hope i did ok.
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Draft at Eulogy in Philadelphia. Pretty dark brownish/red. Sweet and fruity aroma. Delicious sweet and fruity flavor with a bitter hoppy finish. Hints of blackberry and grapefruit? I loved this beer! Would definitely drink more of this.
gallaghermurph (35) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 I donít know, maybe Iím not worthy? Poured a very deep cloudy brown nutty fresh pressed apple juice. Head was two finger frothy dark tan that stuck around about four minutes before leaving a thin tan film. Did leave a very nice lacing. Aroma was caramel, dark fruit, and a nutty coffee. Flavor was initially intensly malty, and it really threw me off. Below the malt were lots of hops with lots of citrus, some sweet dark fruits, and maybe even a very sweet maple syrup. There was a tinge of spiciness, but not too pronounced. I really thought the malts were a little too much, and made me work to get to the underlying flavors, but then again, maybe thatís the point. As it warmed, I must say, the hoppy flavors, especially a deep orange came out. Finished this thing an hour ago and its still on the back of my tounge. Palate is a light cream/syrup with moderate carbonation. Thereís no question that this beerís a beast, but it really is one Iím going to have to revisit to get a true understanding of. Definitly a good brew. Iím just not sure what to make of it.
Revisit 2/26/07: My ability to appreciate this one has increased significantly. While the taste has remained unchanged, Iíve gotta say I am picking up much more of an initial hop onslaught, but followed immidtaly by the sweeter flavors named above, with hops finishing things off and lingering for quite some time.
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This brew has a major hops kicks to it. I like it. It pours a deep ruby red, not dark ruby red; red. Has a medium thick head with lots of bubbles and a tannish overtone to itís head. The carbonitation is great. The in mouth feel is medium light, not thick or syrupy. It does have a bit of a floral hoppy aftertaste but in general is smooth all the way around. After number brew 2 you either hate or love it.....I love it. It has a bit of a bitter after taste that lasts for a LONG time (tens of minutes).....but in a good way. The aroma is that of (to me) pure maltiness and yeast. Tasting the alcohol....if you consider hops alcohol-ish youíre wrong (is almost non-present). There is almost no alcohol if any present in this monster of a brew! Me being from Southern Cali......rock on Sur Califas!!! A perfect 5
matt4054 (35) - Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good bitter ale, caramel flavor and good malt. Nice taste and would great again. Bitterness isnít overpowering, but makes the beer unique.
pabloscafe (35) - - AUG 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have start with a slight proviso...I had a few before trying this one and it probably...almost definately tipped me over the edge...I started dancing for crying out loud! Its a poky little number, drinks very well and I enjoyed it alot. I donít remember and especially lively aroma and its on the belgian side of ales style wise. Hmmm, will have to try it again to be sure.
strictlydomed (34) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Different inital tast, but really enjoyed the after tast, great color, plus at 7.2& it kicks ass!!!!
hoppyman (34) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
World-class ale with a dark amber/ruby color.Very well-balanced burnt malt/hop nose with citrus,caramel.What really sets this beer apart is its very unique and silky texture.Intense resinous taste with notes of grapefruit,burnt caramel,some smoke and a good bitter finish.I couldínt think of a better name for this beer.