Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle: Love the label, some good reading on there. Itís funny ícause itís true. Pours dark orange, big fat beige head that left terrific lacing on the bottle. Aroma is nice and sweet, chocolate, caramel, apple cores, and flowers. Interesting! The taste is of grapefruit, caramel, floral hops, macadamia nuts, oak, and grass. Yeah, it sounds odd, but it tastes great. But, as they say in the Goatmeal Crisp ads.. you wonít like it..
LinusStick (2919) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am not a big fan of the whole "Oak" thing and this beer reminded me why. I liked the original so why did they have to do this? The pour was beautiful. Dark brown with a 2 finger lingering head (the 2 finger linger as I pathetically say). The taste was earthy and almost like cough syrup. The bitter finish helped but not enough to pull it out. Bad gargoyle!
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 12oz, still no date. Pours a slightly hazy fuby orange with a two and a half finger light beige head. Aroma of piney grapefruity malts, a hint of vanilla, buttery burnt toffee, brown sugar sweetness and toasted malts. Flavor has some wood and piney hops, brown sugar--though not necessarily the sweet part, as this isnít very sweet at all--, and some toasty malts, and alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Semi dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation. Still donít see the awesomeness to this brew. Old rating follows. 12oz, no date. Pours a slightly hazy ruby with a two finger slightly yellow beige head. Aroma seems to have more caramel and less hops than the original. There is some brown sugar, toasted malts, toffee, and there may be a bit of vanilla. Ah, the alcohol, some earthy wood--I wouldnít go so far as to call it oak, though--with some moderate bitterness and a biscuity toffee finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but for a little bit of sharpish carbonation--if that makes sense. Moderately carbonated with a medium body. 7-4-7-4-13
Padron4KM (611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy amber orange with a thin head.
Grapefruit aromas dominate. Light caramel and vanilla appear as it warms.
Flavor is mostly grapefruity hops, with some light caramel. Oak is not very prevalent, except for a dry woodiness on the finish.
Not noticeably different than regular AB, maybe aging will bring out the oak more.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
1.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 Yuck! Iím not even going to bother going through the rating on this beer. It tasted like tree bark. When are breweries going to get tired of this gimmicky crap? Iím looking at you too Dogfishhead.
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Stone beer, and very happy to try it. This beer was a lot darker than I expected with a dark red/amber color. Tastes is very good, almost like an IPA with the hops very present. I did not taste much of a "wood" flavor, but there was a heavy vanilla flavor present to me. It was really nice. The only thing I felt held it back a little was that it was overly bitter for my taste (not a surprise at all) but still put me off a bit. Nice beer.
Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours smooth with a thick creamy head. Reddish orange when held up to a light- slightly hazy. Smells of caramel, maybe toffee and there is a tang of hops in the scent... or maybe thatís just my anticipation kicking in. Definitely related to the regular AB with somewhat subtle oak flavors. Could have had more prevalent oak, but glad to see it wasnít overdone. I suppose itís a bit like The Price is Right... Can still taste the citrus-tree-sappy hops on the sides on my tongue about an hour later, delicious.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 1.10.07. Poured brown. Nice looking bubbly brownish head. Nice lacing on the glass, and a nice pattern left in the beer. Aroma of pine and malts. Huge hop hit of pine and grapefruit flavors with the first sip. Grassy notes in the end. As it warmed up I got sweet caramel notes in the back. Not as much oak as I would have expected was it was nice what I got, not overdone. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. Dry finish, medium to full bodied. Mouth feel was creamy and smooth. Nice tingle on my tounge from the carbonation.
pivnizub (9161) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (at the DŁsseldorf Gathering): Strong fruity and aromatic-hoppy nose; robust to strong bitter dry flavour, medium bodied; lingering distinctive dry resinous-hoppy finish. Very decent stuff.........
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A strongly hopped, alcoholic ale with a fruity, hoppy aroma. The aftertaste is spectacular. This beer simply explodes with flavor on contact with the tongue. Excellent beer!