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.
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One mother bruiser of a beer. Solid aroma on the pour highlighted by bright citrus and freshly baked bread. Beautiful ruby coloured body with a velvety tan head. Sweet and warming up front featuring citrus and pine hops backed by caramel malts. The mouth is very full and filling. Bitter, bitter, bitter finish! As it warms, the ABV becomes more prominent and the background flavours of anise and whiskey cask present themselves. This is a sipper from start to finish.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Split a 3 Litre bottle with some friends. One beer everyone should try. Seems more like a barleywine...
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another winner from Stone. Pours a ruby red with a tan head that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma is caramel malt, with, of course, boatloads of hops. Flavor is a bit like Oaked AB, but I think there is a heavier malt flavor to this one. Hops are obviously American flavors... grapefruit, some pine. Iím not sure what I like better, Stone beers, or the insults they print on the bottle.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Bottle, aged one year. Pours a dark murky reddish body with a loose off white, almost tan, head. Huge vineous alcohol scent with sweet sticky bready notes beyond what must have been a hop overload. Sensation is still hot on the pallate with lots of alcohol soak and dry puckering bitterness. It feels disorganized on my pallate like the malts are all boozed up and donít know how to act. Flavors are deep and complex with citrusy hops, caramel malts, boozey vodka like alcohol notes, and some sweet woody malts. Still not sure what to make of this one, but I know not to mess with it.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
multiple glasses froma 3Liter bottle the aroma is very sweet, hoppy and has lots of oily scented citrus notes, the head is huge and tan, a very ruby copper color, the flavor was very closely to Old Guardian, very hoppy and sweet, nice and crisp but leaves a syrupy sweet coating to the tongue
Bonster (182) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from my local. Pours a rusty brown with a minimal head that recedes quickly. Aroma isnít very strong, picked up some citrusy hops but that was about it. Hops dominate this big guy but also has a nice malt backbone with a bit of pepper at the end. Lemon and alcohol linger through the finish but itís not overwhelming. Good shit.