NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany color, with off white bubbely head. Aromas are of sweet malt and some toffee. Slight touch of alcohol there, too. Full and round on the palate. Nutty, malty flavors. A bit of smoke is in the finish, along with more assertive hop flavors and drying alcohol. The boozyness kinda masked the overall flavors a bit. Kind of reminded me of a brown ale recipe that was pumped up. Nice brew, but a touch high in alcohol for me. Iíll pick another to try again in a few months when itís cold around here.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2004 Dark dirty bronze, beautifully bright red at the bottom (thin area) of the tall 22oz Pilsener vessel, topped with a half inch of cardboard colored head. Ominously (and probably proudly) looking like a barleywine. Malty aroma is nutty with hints of roasted marshmallow, smore, even. First sip is skunkweed, amazingly realistic marijuana flavor at the first instant, and I havenít smoked any in at least 10 years, you never forget that flavor. Strong, ashy, dry firewood flavors in the middle. The body is fluffy, making the marshmallow flavors in the finish seem real. Damn, the finish is like a símore...graham cracker, chocolate... Some alcohol and more roasted flavors at the finish. Sometimes light on flavor when I get to the middle of the glass, still a treat to drink. Congrats on a succesful 8 years to our friends at Stone!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew pours with a deep reddish-brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, nutty, malty and caramelly yet bitter with a slight woody, roasty note. The flavor is bitter, hoppy, salty and peppery with slight woody, nutty notes, a touch of malt and alcohol accents. Medium to full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured dark brownish, aroma was somewhat roasty/matly, hints of coffee & a bit of sweetness. flavor was interesting... matly/oats, bittersweet, some hops, kinda woody? it was good, but not great.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Pours clean brown with amber edges and a full tan head. Itís aroma is nice and fairly complex containing roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. The taste is a bit unready, slightly sour, and muted. There is a mild bitterness in the background, but it seems to be not fully matured yet and lacks the Stone personality that I would expect. Smells great but the taste isnít quite ready yet. Iíll wait several months and try again with an aged bottle.
9/5/05 year old bottle Sat in a 50 degree fridge for a year. Full creamy head that sits on the glass throughout the entire session. Strong roasted toasty malt aromas. Very clean at this point. Tangy malts, full body, gristy malt feel and some great roasted and toasted malt flavors. Tastes nice after a year. Score goes up (previously 8-4-6-3-13)
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice ruby brown pour, smallish head, sweet roasty aroma. Flavor contains sweet caramel toast, a woody tinge and a hops kick, mouthfeel is light syrupy. Overall result is an interesting flavor packed brew with a good balance of bitterness, if just a bit musty. Enjoyable, would have again but given the choice between this and Arrogant the Bastard would win.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, caramel, nutty, brown sugar and molasses. A medium bodied ale. Malts are nutty, carmely and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and herbal. Nicely balanced. A ramped up, hoppy mild/brown ale. Has a very nice nutty, oaky finish. Etched bottle as usual, and who else but Stone would use a word like floccinauccinilinilification on the label? Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this is an O_K Stone brew, not quite up to there standards of brewing, they make wonderful beer, I figured this would be a little better than what Iím tasting, but not bad, decent brown.
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola color. Detected some malt flavors, and perhaps some roasted oats. Didnít notice that much hops, or at least a great presence of them. Reminded me of a vanilla porter mostly. This didnít really make much of an impression either way.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with hints of ruby and a thin, mostly diminishing off white head. Aroma is roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Flavor starts rich and malty followed by a light burnt caramel flavor and a light stout like hop bite. Finishes malty with a hint of alcohol. Very nice.