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RATINGS: 3557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Tap @ Brennans. Murky mahogany, tan head. Nose is a big bitter green hop herbalness, lots of malt, brown sugar, cocoa, dark fruits & caramel. Flavor is big caramel, harsh bitterness, borderline burnt sugar. Fruit/grapeyness comes forward in the finish with a slightly harsh hop bitterness and cocoa malt. That harshness grows as the pint continues.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Head is generous and is slow to dissipate. Nice lacing. Aroma is very subtle. Hints of malt and..."plastic." Taste is complex. The taste changes as it passes down the old gullet. First it’s crisp and bubbly with a very light malty flavor then turns very bitter as it goes down....Oh, and it "burps" nice later on.... Very easy drinking and pleasurable!

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Tap @ The White Horse: A big nicotine stained head. A lightly cheesy aroma and rich cheesy flavour. An excellent texture/carbonation ratio. Totally drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Pours a nice dark brown/amber. Medium pour produces a good two-finger head of lightly tan foam. Retention is very good and lacing is slightly impressive. Nice, big caramely malt notes. Citrus hops notes, mostly grapefruit. Very bready. For such a ’big’ beer, I expected a bigger nose. Starts with a kiss of sweet caramel and brown sugar on top of some dark fruits. Just before you can get into that, though, it blasts you with the bitter bite of big citrusy hops. Needs to be a touch more balanced. The hops overpower everything else. Good body. It’s at the higher end of medium, on the scale. Almost gets into full-bodied, but not quite. It’s very good, but could be so much better with more balance. Not my favorite from Stone, although it is their flagship brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
What an insanely unique bitter beer. Herbal hoppiness combines with burnt wood, fruit skins, and malty goodness in a way that lingers on the palate for hours. My maximum intake is two pints.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ExpendableHero (745) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Man oh man, I really loved drinking this bottle down. I like the aroma a whole lot, a dark, sweet smell without being overpowering. Unfortunately I just drank it out of the bottle, never got to pour this one so I really don’t know about head details or color, but it is determinately a dark brew. The taste is a great one, a very bitter, slightly(very slightly)chocolate taste, finishing a tiny bit fruity. An acquired taste, but one worth experiencing. And the bottle is a great read.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Not for guzzling. This is a substantial beer, Thin but persistent head. Great malty flavor with stong american hop balance. Lots of caramel in the finish. No off flavors noted.

3.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (794) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 from a taster from bj and stone tasting night,red, white foam, hoppy and malty,great beer strongly recommend

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A- Nice deep red/amber body with thick creamy head. S- very malty with hints of hops. I thought the smell was rather pungent. T- I had a bomber of this and everytime I sipped I noticed something different. There was obviously a hoppy finish that remained on the palate. The hops all together were good but the aftertaste was a bit unpleasant. There are subtle hints of dark fruit and chocolate and of course a nice malt backing. What I liked the best about this brew was a nice spicy flavor that lasts thrroughout it. Carmel can be noticed when there is a great length between sips. P- well done. medium carbonation and medium weight body. Feels good in the mouth. O- it was different. Not an everyday thing for me. One bomber is enough for at least the next month. This beer is above average overall-but a little bit over hyped. There are hoppier, more complex, not for the "faint of heart" brews out there. This just didn’t live up to my expectations. I will probably have it again. I do not hate it nor am I in love with it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-03-2007 03:18:29

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCrego (6) - Union, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2010 does not count
22 oz bottle. Smells of hops and alcohol. Dark brown color, strong head. It has a strong hops taste throughout and ends very bitter. A good beer but can get rather tiring.


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