jazz88 (2603) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A medium brown color with a big foamy light brown head. A nutty malt aroma with caramel and bread. This seems like an american strong brown ale, and I canít think of another beer to compare it to. Plenty of rich malts and nuts in the flavor with an earthy feel and robust palate.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Draught at Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel
Dark amber in colour with a soft tan head. Aroma of raisonís, dateís and fruity malt. Flavor is sweet and malty, not nearly as hoppy as I would have expected. Has a slight astringentcy which is more noticeable on tap than in the bottle.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
fíin fantastic. Dark brown color, not too much head, warming alcohol, roasted malts, subtle hops...this is a nice beer to rotate in with your stone IPAs. have a few doses of hops, then get a little malty with the 8th anniversary. Thatís my idea of a good time, folks!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red amber brown color - very nice to look at with itís thick tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma was lightly hoppy, roasty, sweet smoke. This is very different from other Stone brews - not so hopppy - this is actually a very nicely balanced beer - maybe even more malty than anything. I really liked the malts in this, especially as it warmed up - thick, chewy caramel, vanilla whipping creram, toast, chocolate, dark fruits. The hops are nice, but I honestly didnít pay much attention to them. Very little alcohol presence considering the almost 8%. This is kind of an Imperial Brown Ale, and I like it!
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head. Aroma of smoked bacon and burnt grass. Roasted malt flavor with spices. Dry and bitter palate. Thanks for sharing Tad!
Nuffield (3809) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very red, good lacing head. Roasty, dry palate, with a long toasty bitterness, like putting a piece of toast in your mouth in the morning when your mouth is still dry and it really needs to be loosened up first by a sip of orange juice. Some flavor of crisp bacon. Interesting beer, for sure, which is probably what Stone aims for with these afterall. The references to "mild" are misleading because it doesnít fit the mild-mold (esp. with the color and abv). Thanks to TChrome for cracking open a bottle of this!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color with smallish head. Aroma is light smoke, chocolate, spice and coffee. The tastes are similar with a touch of breadiness. Warming and soothing. Tasty and should only get better in time.
fraternie (907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown/ dark ruby body, little head. Strong smokey aroma. Flavorful malt, notes of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit (raisins?) Vinous, oatey. Fruitier and sweeter towards the finish, fairly hoppy finish. Smooth but not overwelmingly robust, perhaps a touch of watery finish for a beer with such aromatic loveliness.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color,small off white head that had a decent hang time then faded to a small lace.Nice roasty malt aroma with a slight caramel and chocolate as well.Nice malty fruity taste with a bit of caramel and some hops but over all itís not any where near a patch to the others but it does have itís place in the beer world and in a my collection of brews 6th,7th and now the 8th.itís more then worth while trying young but a little age might bring out a few more flavors and ease the ABV. a bit.Well worth trying.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright ruby-brown body with substantial carbonation and a soft, velvety beige head. Nose of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and fruity malts. Flavor is rich, chocolatey, spicy, and alcoholic plus some light smokiness. Tastes like a big brown ale. The alcoholic quality is slightly detracting. Almost drinks like a liqueur. Enjoyable, but not outstanding. Kudos to Stone for breaking from the heavy hop trend and going the malty route on this one.