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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Super Special Pale Ale. Amber-ish/dark orange color, quite hoppy with a fruity aroma and upfront flavor. There is a hop-bitterness sting on the tongue at first with noticeable malt reminiscent of a sweet pastry, more fruity hop flavors linger and blend into a toasty-malty balance that comes through in the finish. This full bodied ale is placed nicely on the high side of the scale.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Brilliant red-orange in color. Pillowy white head leaves tons of lace. Nose is surprisingly malty with a floral note and a slight hint of cloves. Slightly oily and slick on the tongue with subdued carbonation. Exceptionally well balanced--sweetly citric with a rising hop presence in the finish. Delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
22oz bottle shared at DLD 08 by bbb63. thanks mike! pours amber with white head. nose and the flavor is a bit oxidized and the hops have really faded but they are still hanging on and its not bad at all. glad i got to try this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Clear caramel color body with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, some light hops. Sweet caramel flavor. Thanks to Numenor for his generous pour of this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Thanks to Numenor for sharing this at the "2nd Richmond Gathering," and to CaptainCougar for sending this bottle out! Never thought I would have a chance to try this one. Medium orange, still quite a decent head. Big aroma of caramel and toffee. Flavor matched, with some slight notes of oxidation playing alongside strong hop bitterness. Hops were still a significant presence here, but have lost some of their flavor punch over time. Rich and tasty overall. I’m sure I would have gone bonkers over this one on its initial release. RERATE as part of the 2008 VRBT. Notes almost identical, aroma has lost 1 point. Past prime, but good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Cellared bottle. Sweet, sweet candy sugar aroma with orangey hop hints. A bit of earthiness and spiciness. Mellow aroma. Mostly transparent red-amber color with a smallish off-white head. Mellow caramelly, very caramelly and a bit of roasted maltiness to start off. A small amount of spiciness and hoppinness to finish with a touch of ethanol as well. Orange flavors are also sprinkled in there. The hops have probably faded and this is probably a touch past its prime, but it is still damn tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 Bomber bottle-thanks to everybody on the ratebeer forum for their kind words of wisdom-this one was for you!!! Aroma full of sugar coated hops-similar to a barleywine. Appearance was a nice garnet color(quite a bit lighter than the Arrogant bastard). Flavor when first detected was huge malt that tingled the tongue followed by that dose of amarillo, athanum and whatever hop they used in this. As this warmed, the balance became more evident-the hops became more apparent and the alcohol was less detected. Definately another great accomplishment by Stone!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3527) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm. Orangeish color with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, must and spice. Flavor of flowers, yeast, spice, earth, fruit. A bit strange and couldn’t get a good read on alot of it. That being said, it was still an interesting and nuanced beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Ohio tasting
buffalohead brought along this which we tasted side by side with the recent 13th Anniversary. This has held up suprisingly well for six years; I was expecting a total mess by now instead of a beer that simply is almost hopless.

Aroma / Appearance - The malts have taken over leaving very little of what must have been hops at the start. The age was evident by the slight flatness and the way that everything mixed together.

Flavor / Palate - Drinking like a barleywine or old ale that has lost all hops it was smooth for the most part with an orangy malt aftertaste. Not totally flat there was a trace amount of carbonation even after all this time. If you have one I would not wait any longer; if you happen across it I would probably pass unless you like beer that is past its prime. Either way thanks Jeff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Thickishly amber with a decent head and lasting lace. Malts were thick and toasted. Woody and nut-like at times. Alcohol was noticeable and warming with sharp notes that carried into a burnt bitterness. Hops were big and bold, keeping up with the alcohol and malts without losing pace. Carbonation level complemented nicely. Bitterness built heavily in the aftertaste. Even though it's only 7.7 ABV, it seemed like more. Very enjoyable beverage.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2004
This one is starting to show its age. In other words, if you have it, drink it. It’s a deep amber with a dense, small head. There’s a slight haze to the beer that gradually clears as it warms. There’s a distinct cookie-like aspect to the malt in the aroma and the flavor and maybe some slight oxidation. The hops are mainly present in the bitterness in the back of the flavor.


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