nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent copper color with a small off white head that turns to a thin off white film within seconds. The aroma is full of candied sugars, caramel malt, a bit of smoke, and small bit of grass. The flavor holds some of the same characteristics as the aroma, but the grass comes out more with a hoppy bite torwards the back and the sweet sugary malt seems more subdued than in the aroma. Malty thougha bit watery over the tounge with a bitter finish that holds some soapy qualitties to it. This beer feels pretty balanced...not hard to drink by any means, but I do kind of wish it was a bit harder to drink...a beer this strong shouldn’t be this easy to drink!
HogTownHarry (6267) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with Sammy and DrJay, DrJay’s bottle. Poured reddish gold with a big foamy lasting crreamy off-white head. Nice floral/herbal hop aroma, funky mix of UK and US (Centennial?) varieties, solid sweet malt and yeast backbone too, almost perfumy and delicate to go with the hops. Flavour was a surprise, not very sweet at all, quite bitter with all those hops working, almost grassy, dry, crisp - nice! Dry, lightly carbonated, astringent mouthfeel - this one screams "session." Thanks again for sharing, Jay.
Sammy (9664) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
honeyish colour, lots of light lace. Medium to full mouthfeel, hoppy and scotchy and honey aroma. Rich bitterness, citrussy,lace cushioning tongue. Carmel for some balance. Very drinkable. Very good old ale. Variety of hops UK and American in here. Thanks Doc Jay.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trasparent red pour with carbonation bubbles constantly rising from the bottom in a chapaigne like manner to feed the medium-sized tan head. Aroma is sour hops and some bread. In the mouth it is a bit thin up front with a smooth malt middle and a long lingering bitter grapefruit finish. If you enjoy the "Bastard" series of ales offered by Stone but find them too strong to be session ales then this should be your thing.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber. Not nearly the red, blood like color as indicated in the commercial description. That was actually a disappointment as I was looking forward to seeing a color like that. Malt on the nose. Flavors of vanilla, malt and fruit with some hoppiness. It had a thick mouthfeel and flavors inproved as the beer warmed. A gift from Beervana.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
We have a beautiful pour here...caramel colored,with a thick light brown head. Aroma only got hoppy when the glas was agitated. Otherwise, the aromais largely tart with corn accents. Flavor is full with a solid balance, that only shifted and thickened when warm. Finish is sweet with moderate hoppiness. Interesting and fresh.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer offers a nice hearty aroma of roasted hops. It fills the glass with a cinnamon colored solution that sits under a thick wheat colored head. This thin beer spreads well enticing the entire mouth with its bitter but sweet taste of hops. This beer allows the taste to be enjoyed long after it smoothly faded away.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel, alcohol, cherries, chocolate, ruby body with a thick head. Taste is hops, vanilla and caramel.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Someone cracked this at my party though didnt actually drink any of it so at least I had some to drink warm...
Deep, rich amber pour with a very nice head, even at 72 degrees. Aroma is very hoppy and nice. Flavor is much more balanced though still highlighting citrusy hops of the nice malt finish. Nice bitterness and a rich creamy palate make this a very nice beer.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 (02.08.06) 12 oz brown bottle from Archer Liquors. 8% ABV. Bottle labeled as best before 10/07/05. Batch 22688e. Clear red-orange hued ale having a small white head. Soft carbonation. Rich malt and hop aroma. Medium bodied beer that starts with light malt sweetness and pronounced hop/grapefruit flavors. Finishes dry and clean with traces of grapefruit flavor and light hop bitterness. Well-balanced beer with notable hop flavor and bitterness. A very good stock ale.