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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 4061   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1283) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2004
It pours a dark ruby with little head. Flavor is dominated by sweet caramel and butterscotch, with only a mild hops presence. I was expecting a hop assault, but this was smooth and pretty drinkable. Maybe Iíve just been jaded by the many super-hopped beers out there. Not really what I expected, but good nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimmylib (169) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2004
love the beer, thought it had a very good flavor,but i must say i love the bottle more

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2004
Bottle. Well, first off, the bottle was pretty damn funny. But once you get passed it, youíre left with a pretty solid beer. Citrus hop aroma from a ruby red body. Strong alcohol taste, but thin enough for the hops to get through and bite you, while giving a smooth malt taste. A unique balancing act for sure, but I thought it tasted stronger than the 7.2%, which distracted me a bit. A fine beer though.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Hmm ... Iím a little stuck at how to describe this srtong ale. A very heavy dark thick body with the tones of the alcohol quite apparent, complex array of flavorings ranging from cramel, coffee to peat, starts with traces of malty sweetness and finishes big and bitter. Very interesting - definitely for slow sipping. Proceed with caution.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgseley (7) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2005 does not count
A very masculine beer, fiery hops and an aggressive finish. Much of its appeal is in the devil may care branding and the fierce taste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Dark amber with a creamy tan head. Smells hoppy but surprisingly has a lot of roasty malt flavor. I thought Iíd like this one more than I did. Still a good brew though. Might drink accasionally. Not sure the 98 rating is justified though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Red pour, big white head. Lots of caramel sweetness, with grapefruit hops. Sweet malty backbone but lots of citrus and floral hops to balance it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 pours dark, aroma of hops!!!! and citrus. The flavor is well not my cup of tea very hoppy bitter, this is a beer that you either love or hate, good body, not my thing. Re-rate 8/28/06, must say after nearly 1000 beers my palate has been developed for this brew now. Good thing to always re-rate brew you found to be offensive. I still wouldnít say this is a great brew sampled but i am feeling a damn good brew. Pours a deep deep amber with a large beige head. Great fruit and citrus aroma. Flavor is now liveable, and hops are not as harsh as i originally thought, this is my second re-rate, this brew gets better everytime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JUN 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 Did I have the correct beer? This beer wasnít that hoppy? I actually found that I would have prefered less malt and more hops. I had it on tap, so maybe the waitress screwed up. But it was a reddish copper color. Less hops than an Alaska Pale Ale, for example. Somethingís wrong here? Much better from the bottle later. On re-rate goes from 3.0 to 3.6.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Not Stoneís Best, but pretty Dang good. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. This beer Poured a dark amber with tan head that dissapaited to a lingering foam on top. Slight lacing and decent carbonation though Iíd prefer a tad more, but it is satisfying. It has a smooth mouthfeel. Foretaste was all carmel malts and slight fruityness with a surprise hop kick at the end. The Alcohol presence was very noticible as well. Very nice beer, and my thanks to my buddy and co-worker John - Banquet Manager at Gold Country Casino in Oroville for this nice surprise. I also thought the back label on the bottle was hysterical.


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