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RATINGS: 3763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


partyninja's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
partyninja (17) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2008
Thank you, Stone, for delivering this assault on the masses. This is one of the best examples of why it is better to be alive now than prior to the rise of the microbrew. Future generations should be grateful for this delicious beverage.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (872) - Poznan, POLAND - MAY 24, 2015
W aromacie lekko karmelowy, słodowy. Barwa jasno miedziana, niska ale bardzo trwała piana, świetny lacing. W smaku spora goryczka, duża podbudowa słodowa. Bardzo gładkie, bardzo aksamitne, delikatnie za bardzo nagazowane.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (185) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2015
650ml enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Pours clear dark amber with a one finger off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt, earthy, wood, caramel, pine and hoppy. Flavour is medium sweet and surprisingly bitter. Full bodied, thick texture, average carbonation. Finish is resinous and malty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoRoBeNiKi (57) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Malt and smoke smell with a bit of wood in the back, hint of coffee and bitterness. Red/orange with a bit of amber. Amber color. A bit of sweetness but it is mostly bitter. Needs a bit more sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGD (103) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle. Beautiful appearance of dark amber colour with white foam. Aromas of caramel, malts, hops, hint of wood. Taste: rich and complex, caramel, vanilla, lots of hops, citrus fruits. Great balance. Medium carbonation. A beast of a beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zwiebel88 (477) - GERMANY - MAY 17, 2015
Braun-hell. Leuchtend, schaumig. In der Nase Karamell, Holznoten, sehr hopfig-frisch. Am Gaumen KAramell, MAlznoten, hopfig, sehr bitter. Gut.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (553) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle - pours dark ruby amber with a lacy white head. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt with a subtle hint of hops. Taste is not nicely balanced not over powered by either the malt or hops. finish is dry but not overly bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malrider69 (74) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a dark amber colour with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of malt and the beer has a thick, syrupy consistency. There is a strong taste of malt and a moderately bitter taste that is long lasting on the palate. This is a complex, good quality beer, the only downside being that it is very expensive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (780) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Another one of those "I can’t believe I haven’t rated this already" beers. Heavy roasted malt and smoke aromas with an earthy, woody scent. Slightly hazy medium amber color with red/orange highlights and a thick, foamy tan head. More roast and smoke in the flavor with a slight note of coffee. Acrid, dry bitterness takes hold immediately with a strong cooked hop character. The caramel and light molasses sweetness tries to balance this out and succeeds, but just barely. Although the flavors are good, they’re a bit muddled but the end result is still very nice. The bitterness hangs around with a leafy and slightly floral aftertaste. Stone’s come a long way since they first released ABA and their flagship original still holds its own.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swillguzzler99 (141) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Poured from a glass bomber. Turbid brown copper very lightly carbonated with minimal head. Nutty nose. Complex taste. Hoppy but not overly bitter while a bit sweet, maybe a touch of citrus. Finishes smooth and clean. Worth every penny, I really enjoy it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
400ml draught
7.2% ABV
The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)<vr> February 17, 2015
The beer poured a tranlucent dark copper colour with a foamy light tan coloured head. The aroma is citrusy hops, grains, and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is grapefruit hops, burnt caramel, and weak yeast notes. Best new beer of 2015 so far.


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