Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 This beer poured a dark reddish amber color and formed a nice light tan foamy head that looked like a float subsiding and left circular lace. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, spices with a hint of the alcohol present. A flavor of malt, caramel with a touch of chocolate. The finish is sweet with a slight astrigent element to it. Another fine beer from Stone and another thank you to the Ohio lawmakers for letting get this.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured a nice thick dark reddish brown, with a strong earthy malt aroma, caramel and choclate malt taste, with undertones of spices, dark fruits, floral hops and alcohol start to come through midway, leading to a pleasant bitter finish. just a wonderful beer to sip and enjoy.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 : Pour is deep ruby, with a medium-tan, slightly orange tinges head, decent lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, some sweet and spice in there, and a grassiness. Starts of sweet and spicy, then does and about face in the middle as the hops come through and a warming alcohol shows up as it gets warmer. Mouthfeel is big and strong, with lots of complexity.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 RELEASE: Dark copper color with a nice glass coating light tan creamy looking head. Toffee, herbal pine, floral earthy and peat aromas. Alcohol aroma rears its head as this warms. By first, sip I can tell this rivals many barley wines out there. This one really should be saved for the end of the evening to relax and enjoy. Floral hops on the tip of the flavor followed by sweet malt flavors that are reminiscent of drunken plums. Warming and bittering alcohol goes for the one-two punch. This should outlawed in a 22 oz. bottle. Finish alcohols are phenol, ester, fusel, WOW; I think I'm going blind! No, just passed out for a second. I think I could survive on an 8 oz. snifter of this a night. This has all the qualities of an Extreme English Strong. Excellent!
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice darker than off-white head which is nice and foamy and lingering. The aroma is nicely caramelly malty with a slight hop bite. The flavor is big, rich, earthy malts and a long bitter finish. This is definitely a sipping beer as it's very hard to drink fast. When it nears room temperature, it starts to get a little too sweet and thick, but served just below cellar temp and this is an excellent beer. The mouthfeel is whipped, airy liquid cream.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a small, lingering off-white head. Very nice aroma of malts with hints of alcohol and vanilla. The aroma is very barley-winish. Full bodied and thick, the flavor is malty sweet with hints of alcohol and chocolate. The finish is hoppy and bitter with some alcohol warmth. I like this one, it is very close to some barley wines and the hops are just right. It is actually very drinkable despite the alcohol content and big flavor. The aroma and flavor really becomes more alcoholic as the level of beer recedes in the glass. Well done, but the alcohol detracts from the flavor a little bit.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 Jan 2003, then Nov 2003, not March 2005. This needs age, the brashness and unidimensional pine get a little much. Downgraded, though still quite good.Rerate: What was I thinking? An American Original here, yet still derivative. A 2001 bottle straight out of the cabinet at 55 deg. reveals the pepper, vanilla, sweet malt, flavorful bittering hops, and again I swear there is as TAR says, a huge crystal malt presence plus a scottish ale background. Definitely impinges on barleywine territory, but far far better and this is an aggressiveness that I like a whole hell of a lot. Original at 4.0: The malts here give an earthy Scottish peat not found in other American Strongs except for Bear Republic’s Red Rocket. IMO, this makes it good for, say, cooking a nice lamb dish (in addition to drinking it of course!). Of course, it’s sweet and bitter in coursing waves throughout your mouth. And this is one thick beer...if you tried, you could pour this without measurable sound, perhaps a first in the beer world. Interesting, and a great addition to the world of beer. 2002 bottle sent by Marc from the great epicenter of American beer, San Diego. Thanks!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is some serious s$#!. A brewmaster in San Diego reaches out through this liquid he has created and delivers an ass whoopin. Bold on every front, with a very dark color, brown tainted froth and a malty aroma that makes you take notice. The flavors are complex and there in abundance with a sugary fruity syrup balanced against the astringent hops, finishing with the almost burnt toast of malts. A large bottle pours two pints glasses worth, which lasted through an appropriate DVD to accompany it (Training Day), after which I was reeling. Treat yourself to this experience, but not too often - it would be tough to survive.
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty damn good beer, the aromas were filled with heavy hoppiness & floral tones, along with a syrup-like hint, the color was of a dark amber, this beer didn't have all that much head, it just pretty much fizzled out very quickly to just a rim around the edge of the beer, the flavors were pretty well balanced, and in accordinace with Stone's lineup the beer was very heavily hopped, dry & bitter aftertaste, all-around a very excellent beer experience
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 My only qualm with this beer is that...more is not always better. It is an American Strong ale, and it is an American tendency to want more more more, but when it comes down to it, balance is what really makes a beer good. Although a bit unbalanced, this beer is very tasty and very rich. TONS of barley here, but vanilla and sugar overtones make it rather appealing. There is a bit of an astringent smell, but it's hardly detectable underneath all the barley. Hops take back seat to the huge malt here - very earthy - dingy and sugary, soothing and bewildering all at the same time.