bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Bottle. A dark red-brown beer with a good beige head that sits on top for a while. There’s a huge blast of a citrusy aroma (grapefruit). The taste is thick and starts with a sweet malt and alcohol that develops into a tea-like flavor before finishing in a bitter hoppy finish combined with a big alcohol presence. It’s very syrupy and that’s about the only thing that brings you away from the alcohol. The flavor is complex - pine tars, toffee, grapefruit... It’s a very good beer, and I love Stone, but I expected a higher hop level and the thick mouthfeel does detract.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 22 oz. Bottle. Poured with a good sized, long lasting tan head that had the color of iced tea. It had a very strong malt aroma. The taste, especially the head, tasted like cotton candy. Very sweet with a real nice, long lasting hoppy finish. I was very surprised to see that this beer had a 10% ABV. It hid the alcohol very well. The only drawbacks with this beer was it was a little too sweet and syrupy and had a thick mouthfeel. Overall, it was a tremendous beer. I love the Stone Brewing Company, I just wish they were closer to my home. It is expensive shipping these beers across the country.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002: Cloudy ruby -amber with a thick but quickly diminishing tan head. Very sweet aroma of toffee, molasses and a hint of pine, citrus and dark fruit. Medium thick buttery, syrupy palate. A very sweet initial flavor that is loaded with toffee and molasses. It finishes bitter with toffee, pine and a hint of citrus. An excellent beer. It makes good on all of the promises written on the bottle. Big thanks to Slikwily for this one!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 I believe this beer is considered a Double Pale. Sweet in taste and as the case with most Stone ales, a bitter finish. I dig this stuff when it’s at least a year old.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I could smell hops a foot away from where I poured it. Always a good sign. Rich ruby/brown color with thick creamy tan head. Extremelly malty with a crushingly bitter finish. Alcohol really comes out in this beer - Otherwise, very well done.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark copper color with nice foamy white head.Hoppy aroma mixed with sweet malt smell.Well balanced with many flavors pleasuring the mouth.Very bitter finish that is loaded with hops. The best American Strong Ale I have had to date!
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coppery, amber body. Wonderfully complex, sweet aroma of caramel, cherries, toffee and dark fruits. Flavorful toffee malt, slightly sweet. Notes of grapefruit and orange round out the malt. Complex, thick body. Finish is very hoppy and somewhat sharp. Spicy, moderately acidic and very bitter finish. The extreme bitterness tends to overwhelm the delicious malt in the finish which is a shame, but that is probably my only complaint.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very nice ruby hued amber with a nice foamy and creamy head that leaves sparce lacing. Oooh, nice mellow hop aroma with some sweet malts with an underlying citrus. Very well balanced. Mmmm, flavors are great. Again a very well balanced assortment of malts, hops, and some fruits that finishes just a bit bitter, though it does nothing to retract from the flavor. Full bodied and very creamy palate. I like this beer!
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 2003 batch) deep copper with nice off white head. Hops aroma. Much more balanced than ABA--yeah there's all the hops, but there's a lot of malt as well. Outstanding.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty garnet color and lustrous cream head. Terrific mouth-watering spicy aroma. Brings some killer hops but contains the perfect balance of cherry malt sweetness to temper this beast. I anticipated an overly aggressive beer but found this to be a godly and sublime beer to sip on. Slightly less nuanced than other high octane brews like Dreadnaught. However I'm already dreading the day that this beer sells out and I find myself craving something that I can no longer have. Time to stock up.