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
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.
Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark red with a nice head that stays to the bitter end. At first seemed bitter but that does not last long. Wanted to savor this one take my time. But was to good kept take pull after pull until it was gone. And it went fast!! Very good beer rich in flavor.
direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice, without question, but Stone makes many many better brews. A good place to start with this brewery though.
SamAdams777 (37) - Abilene or Stephenville, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a strong balvarian noble hops flavor. Its pretty much the basis of the flavor, so despite it being ale, it taste a bit like a stronger sam adams boston lager. I love the hops, so this beer is really good to me. If you dont like powerful hops flavor, then the warning on the label will probably be correct.
TonyBanannas (36) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the first beers that turned me from the major markets. Sadly I haven’t had the chance to do a serious rating until now. I drink it regularly, but either laziness, or just the desire to enjoy the brew without thought has stopped me. This goes for a few other brews, including Stones IPA. Any ways, bottle, pours a deep brownish amber with a thin off white head, nice lace. Aroma is floral with hops, Carmel, and citrus? Taste is mildly hoppy, though well balanced. Finish is bitter as it should be. This is a brew I could drink over and over, and I do. Any one who enjoys craft brews should at least try it.
malika (36) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color. Strong aroma of hop, fragrant, and roasted malt. Really bitter taste, some caramel and some sweetness. The final is very bitter but not enough fragrant. Good, but I don’t go crazy...
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.....