Pailhead (6031) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Bottle: Real sweet and fruity malt aroma. Citrus and caramel. Some grapefruit hops in there, but real sweet grapefruit. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a off-white head that is short lasting. Kind of like a barley wine up front with the malty banana bread flavor and ends with a real nice citrus hop finish. Real thick and syrupy. Alcohol is covered up real well. Has a little warming affect, but not an alcohol taste. Kind of like a barley wine and a IIPA in one. I like this much better than the regular AB (by 1.2 points to be exact). This is great!!! The more you drink the more the barley wine characteristics increase as the IIPA finish characteristics decrease. Okay, I take the back. The flavors have a way of just flowing as they please. One minute itís the barley wine flavors taking over, the next itís the IIPA flavors jumping in.
Goblincat (398) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark reddish-brown pour. Hop and barley nose. Huge assault on the mouth in terms of a large amount of flavors. Sour fruit, hops, alcohol, spices, sugar, some malt... Almost overwhelming, yet very nice.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown with red highlights. Frothy tan head with great retention. Sticky. Grapefruit aroma (like Arrogant Bastard) , sweet this time, slight hoppiness. Two observations: When colder than 55 hop flavor and abrasiveness abounds. Above 55 flavor mellows and sweet candied grapefruit jumps out. Almost comparable to a barley wine for sweetness. Definite sugared grapefruit, the sweetness is not overpowering and stomach turning, but a great blend with the warming alcohol. Great blend of malt and hops. This stuff is on. Palatable, for anyone with an adventurous mind. Great consistency. Typical of Stone.
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyable American Strong Ale. Not an overbearing of hoppiness. Nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Alcohol hidden well.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Rerate, 2005 bottle. With another year of beer drinking experience, I feel that I was a bit on the naive side a year ago with my first rating. Not that this is a bad beer by any stretch, it and itís little brother (ABA) have really been the definition of the broad American Strong Ale to me. Pours a deep ruby color. Last yearís bottle had a frothy white head, while this time around it just wasnít quite as nice-looking. Fairly clear, bubbles rising from the bottom of my glass. The aroma was rather alcoholic, which isnít surprising at 10%. Also kind of caramelly, toffee notes. Is that a bit of oak? The alcohol kind of overpowers everything in the nose. Sweet sweet sweet malts, then a kick of hops in the finish. This is a story in contrasts for sure. Bitterness from hops is very citrusy, a bit resiny. Alcohol peeks its way into there too. Good balance between the three, all are potent but none seems dominant. A year ago I loved the sweet malts, but now I think it could stand to be a bit dryer -- itís almost cloying (emphasis on almost). Then again, maybe this beer is about excess, which it has in spades, and I shouldnít be so critical. Mouthfeel is on the syrupy side. Very rich and robust, carbonation seemed a bit dull. Alcohol lightens the mouthfeel a bit, butís itís still a monstrous beer. This brew unabashedly lives up to all of its expectations, but maybe a bit too much. Certainly a fine ale, but an additional year of beer drinking has put it into a better perspective (I mean, thatís the point of re-rates, isnít it?).
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Bottle 2004. Aroma really escapes me. I detect nothing but some ethanol notes and maybe a touch of smokiness. Maybe some slight bitter hoppiness in there. Transparent ruby garnet color with a big frothy light tan head with lots of lacing. Start is fruity and vinous similar to a barleywine. Big booze burn in the middle with some astringency leading into a nice malty sweet finish. This is another OK, overrated Stone beer IMO. I have various reasons for thinking this (4/5/7/4/14 3.4).------RE-RA 2007 BOTTLE. Aroma has some notes of pineapple and some ethanol present, too. A little piney with a touch of malt sweetness. This is really quite ethanolic. Transparent ruby-amber body with a pretty small, futile off-yellowish head. Sweet, chewy, sugary maltiness present initially. Becomes a little burnt and roasted in the middle. Finishes with tons of booze and bitter grapefruity hops. Pretty unbalanced and not overly enjoyable. Score reflects most recent re-rating.
NCIBeerPolice (1) - lindenhurst, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is like a drunken college hookup with a female lacrosse player that just got home from a game that went into overtime. Do not try this beer unless you are as arrogant as it is or else you may be left feeling as neutered as one of Bob Barkerís pets. Wonderful beer, good luck.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from23rd street
Dark red red color,this is super hopped bitterness too,medium-heavy body.some alcohol kick ,lil sweet doe.this is the stronger heaviver than the first bastard great nontheless
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One hell of a beer!! Beutiful dark brown color. Huge mouthful of flavor. If you want a beer full flavored beer that doesnt hold back for the average beer drinker, then stone is definitly where its at. Sweet and hoppy. The sweetness comes out up front with an assault of hops in the finish. I love stone for the fact that they have the balls to make real beer for real beer drinkers.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 This beer has less of a hop aftertaste than itís little brother and is really thick on the palate. Pours a deep red/brown with a tan head and good retention. Some fruit flavor really sets it apart from AB, like black cherries and raspberries. Some maple syrup with a spicy kick to the finish. I had killed a few bottles of this a few months back, but tasting it on draft with 6 or 7 months age seemed to smooth it out and really made me appreciate it more.