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RATINGS: 3930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Eh, pretty good beer. This is not really my style of beer so I may rerate eventually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle. Deep red color. Big dark head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma very clean and refreshing. Flavor smacks you upside the head with initial licorice, then widens to inscrutable complexity, braced by prominent alcohol. Finishes very bitter. Overall, very nice. Goes well with cheese and lasagna.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Dark redish amber, roasted malts, Hops, caramel, citrus, spice, alcohol, little piney, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39609) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours clear and golden yet dense amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma is mild breadish malty. Hoppy and mild spiced too. Flavour follows this closely and goes into a spiced and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Pours a dark amber with a beige colored head. Aroma is first of cascades and sweet malt (brown sugar and maybe licorice). Taste is extremely bitter at the front and slowly trails off with a dry linger. I was disappointed with this one. It needed more malt presence and hop restraint. Itís a shame because the color is so nice. Not as good as the Stone IPA, which is one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4779) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Amber to red in colored with a nice tan head. Smell is strong in hops with some pine and fruit notes coming through. Taste has medium bitterness rounded out by some malts and a little fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours a translucent brown with a huge tan head. Nice initial hop aroma with some sweet fruit and caramel in the background. Can taste the alcohol in the flavor, kind of hides the other flavors. Light malt flavor quickly disappears as the bitter finish takes over your mouth. Good beer, but I may lack the sophistication to fully appreciate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
discbanshee (5) - Alabama, USA - SEP 21, 2008 does not count
Nice rich color which seems darker than it tastes. flavor consists mostly of the hop and the alcohol. good beer but cannot say it is one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Charlotte Octoberfest. Rather dark red pour, fluffy head. Some malt, pine, fuit in the nose. Some malt, fruits, very well balanced. Could have used more malt, roast or sweet. Nice bittering hops, but not too much at all. My friend tried to tell me this was an IPA, I found it somewhere between an ESB and an IPA, with the best of both. Iíve liked some of their darker stuff so far, but this was a little over rated. Not bad, but Iím guessing this has been toned down because of the "up" grade versions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - OCT 26, 2008
Surprised I haven’t reviewed this one yet. There is an onslaught of malt, way too much malt flavor and mouthfeel, and the abv is fully on display (enough to be surprised that its only 7.2). Hops are mellow well chosen, but with this much malt and alcohol, they could have used way more of them. This beer is bold but the opposite of a San Diego hop bomb. Also, it really benefits from the fake oak aging the do on the oaked version.

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