stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice, one of Stone’s best. "Strong Brown Ale" comes to mind. It’s like a dark red though, not brown. More malty and less hoppy than most Stone brews, which is why I like it so much. (I’m NOT a hophead like most Stone devotees.) Great roasted malt flavor with a long lingering hop bitterness but not overpowering.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mohagany color with off white head. Aroma issubtle with some toasted malt, alcohol, and caramel. Flavor similar with hints of chocolate, nuts, and vanilla?. A well made beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a clear mohagany with a quickly thinning head of tan. Aroma was quiet with soft whispers of caramel, ginger, dough, and vanilla. Toasted and roasted malt start off the flavor progression, with dry roasted malt and coffee flavors moving you to hints of chocolate and a background of bitterness. The alcohol is let to run rampant, bouncing off the roastedness and the bitterness like it was on crack cocaine, leaving us all warm..but confused. Growing nutty flavors arise..nearing hazelnut quality, and bordering the line of acidity. I would say it does taste like a mild ale...with a shot of 80 proof alcohol.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 I may have to go back and re-rate this, but for now, I will say that I am disappointed. Brown in color, almost translucent. Aroma is of vanilla, nuts and hops. A real tartness comes through on the flavor. It is fairly bitter. Thin bodied. Tart finish.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 These are initial thoughts. I’ll probably rerate a few times as I go through my case. First pour was so fizzy it sounded like I was pouring a soda. Aroma is alcahol, caramel, and slight roastiness. Alcahol is prevelant in the flavor. Alesmith Wee Heavy comes to mind with the initial sips. Flavor has a lot of roasted malt and wood to it. Slightly chalky finish that coats the tongue. Very different from any Stone beer I’ve ever had. Rerate 082204: Overall dissapointing. Definately not Stone style nor is it my style. Very malty with a finsh that is not that pleasant. Kind of a let down. C'mon Stone, you can do way better. Rereate 083004: It's kind of growing on me. I think I have to me in a malt instead of hops mood. I let the bottle warm a little this time and it helped a lot. I tasted more raison and cherry this time. The alcahol wasn't as strong. I think this might be really nice with some age.
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a glowing reddish color with a large off white head and nice lacing. Rather muted aroma of vanilla, caramel, and light roasted chocolate. Taste was bursting with vanilla, chocolate malts, light citric hops, caramel malts, and warming bourbon alcohol feeling on the way down. The roasted qualities really stood out strong here. Very enjoyable. Not like anything else I've had recently.