TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a syrupy deep amber color, kind of brownish, with a thick crop of tan foam. Nose is thick and sweet, with hints of caramel and citrus. Flavor is thick as well. Heavy sweet malts give way to an overpowering alcohol vibe, has a heavy heat on it. Again with stone, you get a beer that isnít terribly good, Itís just a kick in the mouth.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(05 vintage aged 2 years) Poured a murky copper with a dirty tan head. Had a rather potent aroma of malts, floral, pine, and hops. The flavor was a little strong up front but, because it was aged it had a mellow finish. There was notes of malts, fruits, citrus, pine and a golden brown sugar. OUTSTANDING ASA!!!
dhatton (137) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. Nice deep dark brown color with hints of red. A heavy and robust beer with a sharp hoppy bitterness. Overall, a great beer that Iíll certainly drink again.
axl (137) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle of 2014 edition. Dark brown with one finger tan white head. Initial deep aroma of dried fruits, raisins and dates, and sweet syrup followed by increasing tones of piny hops. Sweet taste of dried fruits and sweet black bread (sirapslimpa) followed by bitter piny hops and then finishing sweet again with an almost desert wine character as well as some almost burnt roasted flavors. Probably medium thickness to the mouthfeel and medium carbonation with very well hidden alcohol.
toby00777 (135) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby hue and golden-amber at the top, with a good, small, tan head. Webby lacing disappears. Aroma of malts, fruits, breadiness, and hops. Very gentle carbonation precedes a complex mix of sweet caramel, plum raisins, biscuits, citrus, and piney hop carried in a full body.
aaronbr (133) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Strong" ale is right! This oneís full-bodied, and sort of thick feeling. Definitely packs a punch on ABV, and has a nice blend of hops and powerful malts creeping in. Nutty brown in color and taste, but with a lingering bitterness that I kind of like. Pretty good.
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tastes a lot like a barley wine. Not drinkable only sippable really. Poured into a 12oz tulip. Aroma is alcohol and hop mixture. Taste is difficult to gulp. Explosions of pure hops and alcohol are all I can taste. Absolutely not my favorite stone brew.. blech
codfishh (132) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy copper creamy white head, aroma is toasted bread and some caramel, low hop aroma. Taste has lots of rich breast malty some pumpernickel and some caramel, medium to low bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Reminds me a lot of a doppelbock. Medium body medium carbonation.
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to scthaden on BA for this extra. Pours a dark Hazy amber with little head after an aggressive pour and some spotty lacing. Smell is butter, oranges, rum soaked figs and raisins, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a huge piney sharp bitternes and a buttery creamy rum-raisin flavor. Lots of toffee in the flavor as well. One of my favorites and it just gets better with time.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After 6 years, the super-hoppy nature of this beast has taken a backseat to the brown sugar and dark fruit. That doesnít mean that it has lost any of its quality. Pours a deep red, almost black, with a thin lasting head. The aroma is brown sugar, banana bread, and booze with a hint of hops. The flavor is very complex, including chocolate, maple syrup, dark fruit, etc. The hops serve to give it a nice dry finish, and complement the beginning. The alcohol is there, but not overpowering. This one was worth the wait.