mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Best beer I’ve had in a while. A delicious, balanced red. Pours an attractive Sedona red color, with nice almost excessive head. Citrus bitter and floral hop but round. Crisp clean finish. Very nicely done.
mezr (60) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a tan head. Surprising amount of hops that I didn’t expect. As others have pointed out, the alcohol seems very evident. It’s a good ale, but I must admit that I was looking forward to something more and was left slightly disappointed. Stone makes so many great brews, but this one, while still a several cuts above most, fell short of their other standards ... like Arrogant Bastard.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle demands that I enjoy in 2009, so I obliged. Lovely pour, brilliant red color. Sharp, potent hoppy aroma. Incredibly smooth -- caramel, some biscuity notes -- hops, obviously, citrusy and sweet. Balanced. Could be 5% ABV for all I know, hides the punch like a ninja. Highly recommended, but imagine that it will mellow considerably after a few months (in an undesirable way). Seek, and drink
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap Aces and Ales. A nice reddish brown color. smells of hops, pine and citrus. Flavor is well balance, the malt and the hops are in harmony, the finish is lots of hops pine,resin, and citrus. Another great beer from Stone. Makes me thristy for more.
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65cl. Dark redish. Wonderful sweet aroma with hints of citrus and malt. Powerful taste; burnth caramel, citrus. Great beer.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: hoppy, piney. Appearance: dark amber, almost brownish, medium beige head. Flavor: wow. big hops, pine, orange. Hops flavor grows significantly from start to finish. Lingering hops, alcohol heat. Definitely 90-100 IBUs easy. Palate: dry start and just gets dryer toward finish. Overall: If you love big hops this beer is for you.
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber/ruby color. Darker than the Bastard. Thick tan head that diminishes within a few minutes to a thin skin. Hopy, piney, citrus aroma but can smell cozy malts, too. I even smell a faint scent of celery in there. Tastes of crazy amount of hops accompanied by some sweet malt flavor in there for a second then the hops comes in and runs it off. This is like a very hopy barley wine almost. Thick and chewy. Hop heads should love this one. I know the bottle says not to cellar this, but I might try it anyway.
Peterlemonjelo (42) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful dark ruby color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma/taste is very intense hops (citrus/grapefruit) but amazingly balanced for such a hoppy beer.
One of my favorites. I would have a hard time thinking of a beer I enjoyed drinking more.
ultracake (42) - salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 22 tasted dry in my mouth like a dry wine had a bitter finish, light sweet taste, hops seemed to have gotten lost in the mix of flavors
Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great beer from Stone. A challenging one to decipher. I think some were scared of this one, but I loved it.