RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer introduces itself with a robust aroma of hops that lures you to inhale even deeper to discover the subtle hints of caramel and citrus that linger ever so faintly in the background. It goes on boasting a deep chestnut color, but it lets you know its confidence as its big thick camel colored head rests perfectly upon that solution. After you have been awed by this beers introduction and its strong demeanor you let this fluid into your mouth to experience an explosion of hops. The solution is thick and hoppy. There is a mild sweetness that hides in the background which turns into a mild citrus taste in the aftertaste. This beer warms the throat and then the tummy. The hoppy taste hangs on eventually turning a little nutty as it sits in the throat waiting for you to replenish it with another drink.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve been wanting to try this for a long, long time. And on another topic, Iíve been wondering what a much further attenuated version of a barleywine would taste like. So...two birds with one stone! Um. No pun intended. DB pours a dark amber with a small cap of khaki head that settles fairly quickly. A swirl of the glass brings it back though, and it looks good. Aroma of resiny hops, toasty carmel, plum, and clean alcohol. Hot on the palate, with a big aggressive alcohol presense. Some carmel, more resiny hops. A bright prickly character on the tongue. For my taste, a bit aggressive and overdone, but still interesting and clearly well crafted. Thanks Alaskanwarren! It was fun to finally taste this one!
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bomber. Theyíre right, this is a lacerative muther of a beer. In fact, calling it a beer is a bit of a stretch, but, Iím starting to understand what constitutes a good American Strong, and to this point, my favorite would have to be Gentlemanís Jack. This doesnít taste like beer, itís bourbon with a head. Very malty aroma with a little oak and alcohol. Not bad. Very astringent in the mouth. Too much so. Also, not as much hops as I expected. Lots of flavors going on, oak, cherry, fig, chocolate, caramel, toffee, bourbon ... but they donít play nice. The bourbon is the king of this playground. Very dry and astringent finish. I much prefer the docile younger brother.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is a tough beer. WOW!! dark tasty - good. Anothe rgreat brew by stone. Dry lasting finish that makes the wait for the next sip seem like forever.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz brown bottle purchased from Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. ABV 10%. Clear dark reddish amber having a small white head. Intoxicating fruity, toffee and sweet malt aromas. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied ale that starts with light sweet malt with toffee and prune flavors. Middles with light sharp hop bitterness. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Richly flavored and well-balanced. This is an awesome IPA.
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
very bold and mellow flavor with bits of alcohol. tried a few, liked it, went back and bought 3 cases. GREAT beer. too bad it only comes out once a year.
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting brew. Good color, very nice, dark red. Taste is complex and very good.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from clarkvv. Pours a dark red color with a white head. Nose is very malty and caramelly, a bit of toffee and light hops. Taste is huge malt and caramel, ligh thops, nice and sweet but with a bite to it.Palate is light film and finishes with a slight bitterness.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral and fruit are the major tones in this beerís aroma. Dark red body with a yellowish head. High levels of hops are present in the body, slightly sweet but when combined with the high alcohol levels makes for a very nice balance. Not a beer for those who donít like the American Strong Ale category. This yearís release is another strong showing from Stone.
kramer (5763) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, via trade w/Dickinsonbeer. Pours a clear mahogany color with a firm and creamy off-white head. Torrents of very fine carbonation rise from the bottom of my glass. Awesome malty nose, toffee and candi sugar sweetness. Huge resinous hops, tobacco, and some alcohol fumes. Flavor is balanced somehow between huge malt and huge hops. Toffee and resiny bitterness. Long syrupy bitter finish with tons of alcohol warmth. Very full bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel transitioning to a syrupy and chewy finish. This beer really has it all, I donít have anything negative to say about it. Knowing Stone though, this may have been helped by being a 2004 vintage and having some of the hops mellow. Now I need to try a fresh one!