gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark copper brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity with sort of a woody pine and oak scent, quite pleasant. Medium-full, somewhat viscous palate. Some malty sweetness and strong, but not overpowering, hop flavor. The oak is there, but subtle. Pretty nice, and well balanced.
knewell (73) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark reddish color. Has an aroma of spices and hops. Taste is crisp with hops that is not overpowering. Overall, a decent beer I would buy again.
conlepa1 (72) - Chillicothe, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Without looking, I know I have another Stone brew in my hands. Stone has very unique hop flavor all to their own. The oak is subtle. Balances the Beer nicely. As with most stone brews, I wish there was more sweet, malt balance to this mixture. The hops combination tends to be the center piece in this and most of there brews. I am a hop head but i prefer complexity to a singular taste signature. All in all, a nice beer though there are better Strong Ales out there...
RevBFG (72) - - APR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Mahogany amber color with tan head. Aroma is resin with some vanilla. Taste is pine followed by some maltiness. I expected more oak.
thenumber1g (72) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish color with a creamy head. It was really smooth surprisingly, considering that the ABV is 7.8%. Overall a good smooth beer.
Evocatus (72) - USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown-copper hue with a thin dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of sweet toffee, smoked oak, and a hint of citrus. The oak barrel taste is definitely there as well as some alcohol, like a weak alcohol scotch/whiskey. A good amount of thickness, and little carbonation, which I like in a thick beer. for 7.2% ABV, not too strong on the alcohol taste which makes it very drinkable. A decent anytime beer based on pure taste. However, a bit pricey at $3 a bottle at a supermarket.
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At first there is a flavor that starts out with a hint of oak and finishes with a sweet brown sugar like ending. The sight is that of a deep brown with hints of a red throughout the glass. A molasses like start hits the taste bids and finishes with a sweet subtle port like finish. One of Stone’s best beers!
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A slightly more mellow and not so harsh version of the arrogant bastard. Still bitter but the oakiness makes it easier to take. Quite tasty!
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Medium amber pour with good fizzy head. Aroma is a little sweet and sour, very hoppy. Flavor is hoppy but very smooth, the oak is a nice mellow addition. Slighly watered down on the finish.
Jjg226 (71) - Staten Island, New York, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with thick eggshell head. Grapefruit and floral wafts from the glass. Pine and citrus dominate the flavor with a nice oaky finish. Smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation. It's like an IPA on steroids.
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