Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-amber in color, very pretty. Very big head, dissipated with moderate speed. Aroma was very clean, hoppy, maple, woody notes. Taste was very big, full, hops, sweet malt, spicy on the tongue.....put together very well, a fine beer indeed.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, dark red to amber with an orange head. Sweet aroma of hoppy citrus balanced by a dose of malt. Fresh orange rind apple blossoms, and pasturized grapefruit juice make up the hefty hop character. Yellow cake, vanilla, and a touch of brown sugar make up the balaning malt bit. Relatively sweet with quite a bitter bite. This is a sipping beer, make sure you give your tastebuds time to recover... On the heavy side of moderate-full body. Truly a top 50 beer...
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby/copper color. Bitterness is quite high for this one. Acidic, piney with the alcohol adding a sharp edge. Warming. Just another extremely hoppy beer to cover up the alcohol.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Upon my first sip my only thought was "Sweet Jesus!" This is a big, scary brew. You had better bring your "A" game to the table for this boy. Nose of citrus, pine and spruce, perfume and medicine. The brew pours a medium sparkling ruby copper. The large creamy french vanilla head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The flavor is robust and spicy to put it mildly. Plenty of acidity for everyone. The finish is long, fruity and pronounced - sour and bitter with decent warmth. The full and thick body is creamy and soft. The finish is astringent. This is no joke folks.
document (36) - USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not my favorite from this brewery, which cranks out the best IPAs of all time, IMO. The "commercial description" is, unfortunately, dead on. Harsh alcohol smell, and lots of alcohol in the mouth. Good old Stone stand bys of huge hop and malt, but it's somehow unbalanced for me, particularly a kind of off bitterness from the hopping. Not sure what's going on there ('cause I love the hops, in general). What I like best in this beer is its aftertaste, which is comparatively mellow, honeyed, and full. In the glass it's a beautiful ruby with a short lived beige head.
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 (3196) - 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.