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RATINGS: 3681   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


GarnotingPete's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, - NOV 5, 2012
Superbe bière cuivrée, très légèrement voilée et où flotte un léger voile déposant au verre une mince dentelle. Des arômes au profil anglais où on note un malt biscuit au beurre, une levure légèrement lactée et des houblons aux puissantes notes de pamplemousse blanc. Très amère, une trace de sucres non fermentiscibles et une minéralité à peine perceptible. Très costaude, braquée, elle est de texture huileuse, moyennement effervescente, elle donne une finale très aromatique et s’étire sur une interminable amertume. Superbe bière! Gracieusement offerte: merci Ben!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sine90 (36) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2015
caramel, bread, resin, amber, clear, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, slick feel, long finish,

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
dr_rauhbein (5) - GERMANY - JAN 29, 2015 does not count
Another uber bitter ale from Stone. Kind of a dark version of the ruination ale. Has a slight scent of raisins and bourbon. The body is quite bitter and grassy. Bitterness increases even further in the aftertaste and leaves an impression of ash on your tongue. Not really my cup of beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandon1989 (336) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2015
There was quite a bit of smoke with this beer. The beer poured a red amber with a thick khaki head that left a lot of lacing. The aroma is strong hops, slight sweet caramel, grass, and citrus. The taste is very bitter as imagined. It has a grassy, almost chewy texture to it. I also pick up some slight alcohol. I also pick up an oak aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tonydwagner (3) - - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Not my number one stone brew but it's extremely solid and lives up to their hyper aggressive hop reputation. Delicious, but I can probably just do one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1614) - Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2015
22 oz bottle, how on earth have i not rated this classic beer yet, for years i just assumed i had- Pours mostly clear ruby red to orange with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly sweet, pronounced bitterness and hops, spicy rye. The taste is similar, with more of both, nice balance between the bitter bite and the big malt, the hops they use here are somewhat harsh, brash, being Stone this is undoubtedly what they were going for though. This is by no means my preferred style, but i can definitely appreciate its complexities.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MadShaolin (35) - - JAN 23, 2015
Smells like caramel and fig, syrupy resin. Aggressive hops backed up by big malt flavors. A one-two Tyson in his prime combo. A stand by me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rossta (13) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Tried in a goblet and a craft pint. In the craft pint, taste and smell reminded me of an IPA. In the goblet it was very good. Too hoppy for me. But i really like the mouth feel. Not a favorite but hey at least I tried it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghendrix (126) - Cardiff, WALES - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark red with a fluffy beige head. Aromas of caramel, red fruits, resin. Medium strong bitter, medium sweet. Medium-heavy body.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 08.21.14. A: Sour. Malt sweetness as a base. Caramel is there too. A: 2 finger off-white/yellow head. Nearly opaque red body. T: Sourness dominates. Bitter hops and metal are more subtle. P: I didn’t care enough to notice. O: Sourness is first, then sweet malt, bitterness, and a fade into sweetness. It was complex and weird. It had a lingering annoyingly sharp bitterness along with a flavor of metal. This was not for me. Drain pour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamesonpatz (24) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. A - Smells floral, a little fruity, quite bitter, and just a hair boozy. A - Deep reddish brown hue. Fairly hazy with a small lightly tanned head. T - floral and fruity up front. Bit of caramel sweetness rushes in at the middle of the sip. More floral notes appear on the bitter finish. P - Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Beer has very intense aromas and flavors. I feel the medium body and smoothness help balance those elements. O - Beer is so assertive in it’s flavors, but very well-balanced. Creates a great drinking experience. And the beer gets even tastier as it warms up! "Never turn your back on your beer."


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