JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Masochist I may be, then!
This is a huge beer in every aspect, yet somehow remains balanced and enjoyable, refreshing and extreme. Massive malts are caramelly and chewy, sweet fruits from the biscuity yeast, grapefruit, pine and sappy bitter hops. There is no beginning and no end. Unvbelievable, a new favorite. I have a 3litre bottle, complete with a freakin’ padlock.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
IMHO this is the best of the Stone beers i have tried so far (including Russian Imperial). Ruby colored with a nice head. A estery alcohol laden aroma. Huge astringent alcohol bite at first which put me off. however, it develops into caramel, toffee, and a bit of pear flavor. The alcohol fades into the background and there is a nice dose of hops at the end. An excellant brew. I was surprised but this competes with Third Coast Old Ale as one of my favorite night caps.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hop aroma. Great balance of hops, alcohol, malt, and a slight sweetness in the body. Glad I have a 3L bottle of this stashed away.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 Rerate 2003:aroma is of grapefruit pine needles and a spicy hoppyness. pours a deep redish brown almos a rust color with almost no head. flavor is sweet, tart, and sour with warming alcohol notes. the hopflavor is still there but its in the background malt dominates this one. could this be signalling a change for stone with a focus on a big malt profile? only time will tell.
Origional rating: this is a hop heads delight. very very hoppy. warming alcohol flavor. i got some that i'm aging. i'll rerate this and see if it gets better. but as it is its damn good
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 A very formidable complex American strong ale. nicely balanced malt/hop components. Of course strongly bitter. Finishes dry, bitter, clean
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 2003: After a year of missing the brew, its a great friend to return to. I certainyl wish I had saved a few bottle from last year to compare after they have aged a bit, but alas, this is good enough as is.
2002: Aroma is sweet, extremely sweet. Flavor follows similarly, but has the distinctive bastard feel. Foam dissipated almost immediately. Palate has a slight bitterness from the hops, but is followed by smoothness. Definitely drinkable, but strong enough to make you think twice about having a second.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obvious similarities between this and the original Bastard, one of the best strong ales out there. This was loaded with maltiness that gave way to a full body, but still hopped to hell. This beer is not for kids. At 10% it will knock you down and not even think twice.
jsquire (3397) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Release. This beer smelled just like pineapple juice when I poured it out of the bottle. Frothy head that disippated quickly but left an attractive ring around the glass. Very smooth mouthfeel. Lots of fruit juice flavors, and not just grapefruit. Pineapple, apple, white grape and something darker. Burnt caramel and molassas sweetness. As it warms it mellows into the perfect, seamless balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. You are vaguely aware of the alcohol until you go to stand up. A truely great beer.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is great.. It will get you fucked up very quick..
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Gorgeous Munich malt, pineapple, and alcohol aromas. Softly carbonated. From beginning to end the flavors are absolutely immense - chock full of pineapple and bready malts to accompany whispers of chocolate and leather before finishing with drops of banana and rubbery textured alcohol. The alcoholic finish is borderline astringent and thus my only complaint. Otherwise a brilliant example. Re-rate: What was once a shining example of brutishness and finesse, is now a flabby alcoholic underattenuated joke of a beer. Last good batch was 2004 which is when it was lusciously malty with bright and juicy hops. Undrinkable anymore.