mattcoats (47) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I figure I got a bad batch of this beer. I await my next test. Skunky bottle.
jkoch (47) - USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber into pint glass. Deep brownish red color with a nice tan head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is intense grapefruit from the Chinook hops. Taste is carmel malt at first, and then I’m quickly hit with the aggressive hop flavors - grapefruit and pineapple. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect. This is one of my favorite beers. I have a bottle just about every week.
tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red-Amber color, Medium head, Powerful oaky aroma which continued with the taste. Bitterness and oak over powers the malt.
Great name, but not sure I’m in love...
jebb12 (47) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2008
1.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Like most hoppy beers this has an excellent aroma. That being said I dont get the allure of this beer? I’m confused by the line on the label about how sophisticated and complicating the flavor is supposed to be? Its about as complicated as ’lets make a run of the mill ale, throw in as many hops as our machine will hold and there you go.’ There’s no balance, just hops!. I’m not a hop head by any means but I can appreciate big hop flavor as long as it has something else to bring that in harmony with the overall taste (see Bells Two Hearted Ale). Oh well, I guess I’m not smart enough to buy Stone beers.
papsdatank (47) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
It has a dark reddish-brown collor with a tan head that leaves some beautiful lacing, quite attractive. It’s scent is a compination of piney and somewhat floral hops with a caramel sweetness with some brown sugar and a very slight maple scent. The taste follows the nose with two contradictions of piney floral hops and a caramel malt living together in pure harmony. The beer’s palate is quite good it’s very smooth, not quite as thick as I’d like but very good. All in all this is an excellent beer that I’m glad I can get it anytime I want.
doppelthat (47) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It smells sweet of caramel malts and a little bit of resiny hop in the back. It pours a dark amber body with a light tan head that leaves behind ridiculous lacing. It tastes somewhat sweet with a bit of a bitter bite in the back. It is smooth almost too smooth for a beer of this size. Overall I love this beer, I love Stone Brewing. This is a great beer that is popular in the craft beer crowd for a reason. I cant really find anything offputting in this beer besides that it will get you too drunk too quick.
cmiller54hr (47) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent. Bottle from Stone Sampler bought at Father and Sons. Pours hazy brown into a snifter. Bold caramel and malty aroma. Taste is huge. This is a great beer from a great brewery
beerdrinkingking (47) - Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
good beer except for tasting so hoppy and it also has a great name
Mephistefales (47) - USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This interesting brew finishes much better than it starts. At 7.2% it is fairly potent. At first the maltiness whacked me over the head, but as I finished it, the flavor seemed more balanced. Overall, I was much happier with it near the end than the beginning.
lordwunjo (46) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
All very good, except for the excessive hops. Too much of a bitter aftertaste, but overall excellent. Would recommend to anyone who likes strong ales.