Peter_L (770) - SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flaska från Privatimport. Klar rubinröd vätska med gulfärgat skum. Massiva dofter av tallbarr, kåda och citrus. Förvånansvärt mjuk och len inledning som sedan ersätts av ett ordentligt riv i beskan. Ekfatstonerna ramar in smaken på ett bra vis. Denna var riktigt smarrig. Ytterligare en fullträff från Stone.
vandc01 (79) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Enjoy by date isn’t elligible.
Reddish color when up to the light, with plenty of bubbles coming up.
Aroma - Slight oaky smell. Malty and inviting.
Appearance - Nice pour. Half finger of creamy head.
Taste - Really smooth ale for 7.2%. I can taste some of the oak on the back of the toungue.
Palate - Medium body feel. The taste lingers nicely on the palate. Nice bitter after taste. Perfect carbonation.
Overall - Very tastey. I would seek it again.
Darkmagus82 (1436) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From BA review on 2-5-12 -
On tap and served in a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep golden amber color with a eggshell head that was thick and persistent. With swirling there was some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is lighter than expected. Mostly hoppy in nature; pine with a bit of citrus mixed in. The oak is detected at the end, but is relatively mild in nature.
Taste – A bit of bitter hoppiness is the first to met the tongue. It is mainly piney in flavor. A sweeter malt flavor then comes into play. While the backbone of the sweeter flavor is caramel, there are subtle bits of oak and vanilla in there as well. Finally, some more bitter citrus hops come toward the end, rounding out the taste and balancing out quite nicely w the sweeter maltier flavors.
Mouthfeel – With a creamy body and a moderate to average carbonation it makes it easy to drink.
Overall – A tasty brew with a very nice and complex flavor profile. Only complaint would be with the oakiness, which is quite low for an “oaked” beer.
BLADT (627) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Pours a dark, ruby brown. Thin head. Some lacing. The aroma is very malty, with some wood undertones and a paired maple-vanilla sweetness. Taste is indecisive, at least compared to the the straight version. Alcohol presence is greater here. And the wood notes never really take hold. Alternately cloying and boozey, played over the great base . Arrogant bastard is an amazing ASA, but this oaked version works better in theory than in execution. It’s sad to see a beer you enjoy tarted up like this.
Franzen (330) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel, chocolatey aroma, bit nutty faint resin. Clear ruby with beige head. Prelude is a bit sweet and nutty and pretty soon overcome with bit bitterness. Medium body, average carbonation oily texture. Really good strong ale, one of my favourites
RussianDragon (483) - - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2014 From 12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with lasting head. Aroma is oak with complex vanilla notes, with hop presence and malt sweetness. Flavor is hop bitterness with oak and woody vanilla. *The American oak chips are present during the brewing process, and are not added during a secondary fermentation. From Stone event at Brickskeller 6/1/09.
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color with a tan-ish head. Aroma and taste both had rich caramel malt characteristics along with oak and vanilla. A bit of sweet toffee as well. I really liked this.
coltonhudy (15) - - MAY 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2014 Dark ale with a Burgundy color dark cream colored head strong of oak and leather almost smoky and meaty with a sweet finish. A very good beer
4theluvofbeer (92) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep ruby red pour. Oaky aroma with pine and citrus. Aroma flows though into the taste...with a nice bitter finish.
Maxbier (274) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium dark brown / ruby with large tan head. Roasty malt aroma with a hind if woody oak. Plenty of roasty sweet malt flavor with toffee and some goal character. Nice coating mouthfeel. Woody hoppy finish. Long pleasant bitterness lingers.