jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
amazing aroma hits you when poured into a glass, bark borwn in apoperance. hugely complex and a deffinate slow sipper. flavour really develloped as the glass warmed up. certainly nice, but only one required.
4theluvofbeer (90) - 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.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a caramel color with a fizzy head. Not enough oak flavors but it was a good beer none the less.
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer not quite as good as the original in my opinion. I believe they went mellow on the hops and malt in order to better showcase the oak. All in all a good beer but I would prefer to drink the Original.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Newport Pizza And Ale in OB. Iíve never had a really strong opinion of AB or 2x AB in the past. Sure, Iíve liked both enough, but didnít feel strongly enough about either to want to rate them. Iíve been revisiting some of the Stone brews lately and have found Iím enjoying them more than before. Maybe my tastes have changed. This version of AB is my favorite. The oak is not at all overwhelming, but serves to mellow both the sweetness and bitterness somehow, generally adding a well balanced product. Nose is pretty weak and lacks any wood tones, but the flavor is lacking the syrupy malt quality of the other ABs, which is good. Still roasty, but not sugary/caramel. Cheek-clucking bitterness remains, but in a more subdued manner. The oak chips seem to add a lot to the end product, but one thing they do not contribute is a whole lot of woody/bark flavor. Thatís good for me.
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canít go against Stone! Lots of bitterness in the taste, but well balanced nonetheless. Beautiful dark maroon color. Smells roasty.
Natai (87) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent off-white head with good pacing. Light flavor and body with a slightly metallic finish. Flavor less pronounced as it warms.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a 12oz/355ml bottle into a small snifter. Reddish-brown hazy body with a nice light golden creamy head. Not much carbonation visible. The aroma is marvellous, with so much going on (citrus hops, caramel maltiness, some cherry and raisin notes, some vanilla oakiness)! The taste is very intense and complex. You get a strong hop bite (with a very juicy grapefruit profile), followed by some nice sweet caramel and vanilla maltiness. There is also some pepercorn-like spiciness. The finish is a bit dry, bitter and oaky at the same time.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from a BA trade with b0ldfacelies, 12oz. bottle poured into an Imperial Pint
A: Pours a bold, striking, vibrant reddish color featuring a huge, rocky off-white head. Like everything else about this beer, it makes a statement with its appearance.
S: Smells more like the best DIPAs on the planet, loads of fresh-baked cookie goodness, and a gorgeous roasted nutty quality makes this aroma a serious winner.
T/M: Again, bold is the word here. A blast of massively bitter grapefruit splashes your taste buds before giving way to the dark, roasted malt center. The grapefruit bitterness is joined by a long, aggressive piney finish. This beer doesnít so much get drank as it does ASSAULT your taste buds. Perfectly balanced carbonation makes it easy to wrestle with large gulps of this monster at a time.
D: If this beer wasnít so dang expensive, Iíd buy it more often. Itís ridiculously fun to drink, if not outright drinkable.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Dark brown with a decent sized, off-white head with great lacing. The aroma is of hops and dark fruits with notes of oak and berries. The flavor is fruity and hoppy with notes of oak and berries. Overall iíd say its a great, aggressive beer: not for beginners.