coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium to dark golden brown color. Three-finger head of light tan foam. Great retention and sticky, clumpy lacing.
Not a whole lot in the smell department. Light hints of sweet malts and some floral and citrus hops notes. Light caramel presence, but mostly hops.
Hey, what do you know? A beer from Stone that’s actually getting close to being balanced. The hops still dominate, as usual, but it’s closer.
This has an underlying sweet malty profile that, for once, is actually putting up a good effort to get noticed.
Mild caramel and sweet malt taste. Pine and grapefruit notes. Slight bitterness.
Not nearly as harsh as Arrogant Bastard.
Smooth and basically creamy. Just a slight touch of sharpness. Nice lower medium level of carbonation.
I have to say that, being from Stone (who I actually like, despite how it may sound), this is a pretty darn drinkable beer. I find most of their brews to be way out of balance, but this one goes down pretty smooth.
At this point in time, this would be my ’go-to’ beer from Stone.
nihtila (1734) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Ushers, at 10.5%. Pours clear deep ruby. Nose is sweet burnt toffee, malts, dried fruits. Very nice. Taste is sweet oaky caramel or burnt toffee, more oak and wood, decent bitterness, loads of maltiness. Very nice. Needless to say but this kind of beer out of keg without 30mins warming simply tastes horribly boozy.
mateuszk (851) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2013. Pours amber, clear, solid head. Aroma is mainly malt and aome druits, quite clean. In taste medium sweet, a bit boozy and fruity with very strong bitterness, which is just fantastic, not harsh, not astringent etc. Medium body, dry finish. Very nice ale, maybe worth longer cellaring for the better aroma.
youdictategood (415) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip. Pours copper with an off-white head and a lot of sticky lacing. A lot of malt and dried fruit in the aroma, with some almonds hanging out in the background. Taste is a little sweet - raisins and caramel - with a lot of bitterness and boozy heat. Definitely no hiding the ABV in this one.
BrewTom (452) - - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, almost red hue with a cream coloured head. Prune, plum nose. Big caramel taste with burnt toffee & added woody, earthy bitterness.
Rated by BrewTom
tdtm82 (1207) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Bottle - July 4th BBQ tastings.
Red appearance with thin white lacing. Aroma is oak, caramel, wood, some smoke cheese. Taste is oak, blackcurrants, smoked cheese, some Bamberg malts perhaps? If not I’d like to see some in this.
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Dark amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, caramel, raisin, sweet malt.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, hops, dried fruit, a bit vinous, caramel.
Homer321 (2768) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. A hugely malt forward nose, I can smell the diabetes. Moderately to aggressive hop bitterness with a full bodied chewiness. Solid barley wine kind of beer.
davidtjm (917) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is dark amber with a thin head, aroma is fruity, malty, sweet. Taste is fruity, alcohol. Great
Beerhunter111 (10502) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leicht trübes orange goldenes Bier mit einer geringen leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, reifes Obst, Karamell, Vanille. Geschmack alkoholisch, sehr malzig, Vanille, leicht holzig.
VinegarStroke (343) - Napa, California, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2014): clear, deep copper red with a light head and good lace. Huge malty lift. Some fruit and huge caramel. Very intense. Very clean. Only really one dimension but a great example. Off dry to slightly sweet, not sour, high bitterness that’s balanced and it is hot. The palate is very fruit and intense. Great balance and flavor. Figs, raisin, fruit cake, caramel and dry spice.
This is a massive beer but a great drink. I love the style.