blankboy (7044) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a clear bubbly ruby with an average size lasting off-white head. Aroma of funky hops with a nice amount of caramel malt and some dark fruit. Flavour -- holy shit, thatís almost like a Barley Wine. LOTS of hops with some dark fruit, malt, wood and alcohol. Full bodied and fairly well balanced but still one of the harder Stone beers to drink -- perhaps I am not fully worthy. Still, itís one fine Ale and I will attempt to prove my worthyness again and again.
jefcon (1592) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly amber with a ruby hint and a tight, dissipating head. Aromas are light, some clove/citrus, some whisky barrel. Extremely aggressive on the hops, no effort to hide the alcohol. Long, musky finish. Lots of bravado throughout, but to limited effect. It lacks the balance and depth that malts give an ale. In spite of this, the beer is pretty clean. Iím probably being a bit harsh with it (itís still quite good), but I probably expected a bit more.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little dissappointing... hops were extremely aggresive, way too bitter and acidic, rather than highlighting aroma. Very malty nose and flavor, strong alcohol presence. A good beer, but a little "too much," though I guess thatís the point. Tastes mostly like a hopped-up english barley wine.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy - his bottle. Poured deep clear ruby-mahogany with an average lasting foamy beige head. Aroma of funky hops, solid light roast malt, yeast, some tart fruit and a hint of cheese or cream - pretty funky but it hits a nice balance as it warms up. Wow - flavour of hot alcohol malt, restrained citrus and resin hop medley, peat, wood and yeast notes. Mouthfeel is creamy, bitter and fairly hotly alcoholic - I really like this, but Iím not convinced Iím "worthy." Bastards.
mkgrenwel (604) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 I donít quite buy the Stone hype, but this isnít a bad beer. I actually find it to be quite balanced, not nearly as aggressive and harsh as I was expecting. It is malt-forward with a strong sticky sweetness, opposed by the hop bitterness in the back. The malt gives some barleywine-like flavors of dried fruits. In fact, I might classify this as an American barleywine. I also get some of that same pineapple that was in the regular AB, but very little citrus or other hop character. Alcohol burn. None of the sawdust that I found in AB. Pretty solid beer. Something Iíd have again, but not rave about.
GregClow (3067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Rich, dark amber colour with a healthy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, dark dried fruit, earthy hops. Big, thick, full mouthfeel. Flavour is huge, but remarkably balanced, with syrupy sweet malt, notes of butterscotch and raisins, a pleasant oakiness, and that marvelous hit of citric hops in the finish. Killer! I drank this one soon after getting mu hands on it, but Iíd love to lay one down for a couple of years to see how it fares.
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 Liter I recieved for Christmas. Dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. Very little carbonation. Smells sweet, almost ciderish. Also has slight aroma of alcohol. Flavor is of caramel, and quite a bit of sweetness initially which turns quickly to bitterness. Finishes dry like wine. Like some others stated, this at times taste like no other beer Iíve ever had. Highly drinkable in my opinion considering itís less than modest ABV. Would like to taste again soon.
thornecb (5275) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep burgandy-orange into a Chimay goblet. Nice head with long retention. Nice lacing. Caramel aroma. Deep malt flavor with hop finish. Quite well balanced. Very little active carbonation.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Rating # 2100. Deep amber reddish colour with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with alight alcohol note and a faint hoppyness. Smooth wellbalanced malty sweet flavor with a low key hoppy finish. Thanx to Luke for bringing this one to Denmark.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
announcing itself as a bastard in doubled arrogance, we know stone well enough to prepare for the onslaught. we instinctively crouch behind heavy objects to dodge the impact. we beg patriotic resolution even as we discuss routes of retreat. we clothe our palettes in armor to do battle, we send our most gallant and battle-hardened taste buds to take the vangarde. and thus we foil the ambush. we watch stoically as the mars red and ruddy brown hues of war gather in the glass, grit our teeth as the bastard piles up sandbags of foam across the beer. we expect a titanic barley wine, and so it is: a dank resin collected from the sweet leaden cholesterol that clogs the hearts of hop deities. a cold lupulin butter coursing with sugar and alcohol. so when at last the barrage strikes the tongue, our resistance is in disciplined ranks and we stand, drink, and are not dismayed. in the hoppy equivalent of human wave attacks-- that is, rather, in a headlong rush of joyous, semi-clad cheerleaders in lieu of filthy warriors, we merely delight as the anticipated surge crashes around us. we lay down our resistance as toffee and honied tanin-rich toasts and rocket-propelled hops achieve celestial orbit immediately after crashing through our tonsils. the alcohol in a single bottle is enough to buzz a big city baptist church choir --if you could but sneak it into their tea-- and in no time theyíd be playing strip poker in the church basement. this continental beverage, awash in alcohol, causes me, no baptist certainly, to stare unblinkingly at bright lights-- and without expression except a grin upon these tremulous jowels-- to merely gape in slow motion like a goldfish in a half quart bowl. yeah. thatís how good it is.