smroush (191) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - a touch of oak along with the malt? A touch of caramel. Hops are staying in the background. Some alcohol though not as prominent as I would expect given the ABV.
Appearance- a fairly dark copper with very little head. Pretty clear. Mild to moderate carbonation.
Taste- not as sweet as I would expect given the ABV. Some fairly distinct bitterness.
Palate - medium to full body, finish has that wood flavor on it.
Overall a good enjoyable beer. Not quite complex enough to be a great beer.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 2003 bottle of tasty Stone brew. It's kinda like a cross between Arrogant Bastard and Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. As others mentioned, it is very much like a barleywine. This beer seems to be a bit lighter on the hops than its little brother... Either that, or I'm just getting used to it. Seems to taste and smell better than regular AB. More sugar, more alcohol, less hop bite and bitterness. This evil bastard seems blasphemous as it fornicates with my innocent Rochefort Trappist glass. Well-masked alcohol flavor that's backed up by spicy aroma of delicious hops and citrusy fruits.
xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very, very good brew! Excellent aroma and flavor! Pours a nice amber color with a whitish head. Al lot smoother than I was expecting. A definite must try!
Wolfenkopf (187) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The aroma is somewhat malty, faintly fruity. I would testify in court that there is a Tootsie roll in here somewhere. Peanut hued head is fluffy for awhile and then settles a bit. Laces slide back into the lightly foggy amber brew. The flavor is vibrant with roasty malt and bitter hops, the two forces tangling fiercely with neither winning out in the end. The palate is assaulted with the brew’s thick oily-ness, but let’s be honest, it was asking for it. Brilliantly fun and tasty ale with a mighty punch.
avantdagare (187) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 finger beige head that sinks to 4mm, dark amber body. Nose: Caramel, figs, madeira, floral notes, honey, seville orange and oranges. Aroma: Caramel, resin, grapefruit, seville orange, figs, madeira, honey, floral notes, clementines and marzipan. Initially quite sweet with an enormously dry, bitter ending. I feel like my tounge is getting punished. Unbalanced and brilliant!
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep red pour. Toffee, caramel, and nice toasted malt notes on the nose and palate.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar Temp. Aroma is cinnamon and cherries. Thick full, complex flavor. Big punch of alcohol swampl;s everthing in the finish, but no burn. Nice.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got my hands on some! Pours dark brown with a ruby tint when held to light. Faint off whit to brown head that disappeared quickly. NIce carmel smell with mild cirtus raisins pine and hop aroma. Flavor had chocolate , molasses hop flavor , light cherry , and some vanilla flavors. very impressed with this brew! And the price makes it even better..
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the alcohol is very present and has a devastating effect.
not for the faint of heart.
Very pleasantly bitter aftertaste, not unlike Campari, but not as sweet
strong hop presence
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a brown, copper-red liquid light can penetrate with a small amount of off-white head that perfectly compliments the beer color. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin film. Aroma is of sugar, some malt, molasses, and hand candy like "rocks" and circus peanuts. Flavor is of overpowering hops ending somewhat, or faintly dry. High alcohol content warms the belly and may be why that taste isn't too unpleasant. Good alternative to wine. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.