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
I’ve been wanting to try this for a long, long time. And on another topic, I’ve 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. They’re right, this is a lacerative muther of a beer. In fact, calling it a beer is a bit of a stretch, but, I’m starting to understand what constitutes a good American Strong, and to this point, my favorite would have to be Gentleman’s Jack. This doesn’t taste like beer, it’s 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 don’t 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 beer’s 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 don’t like the American Strong Ale category. This year’s release is another strong showing from Stone.
kramer (5800) - 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 don’t 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!
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange pour with a thick white head. Head subsides after time. Smell of pine hops and florals as well as molasses and something else sweet. Taste is powerful hoppy and malty with a complex taste at the end of malty sugar giving way to piney hops.