bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
on cask at stones 8th ann. beer festival:
in my opinion these high rates are way off. im a huge fan of stone... but this is the worst beer ive tasted from them. i waited in a line that was about as far as the 50 yd line and took about 30 min just to get 8 oz of this stuff. they were pouring on cask through a sprinkler. very little carbonation present with a brown haze look to the beer. nose was staight up malt and sweet. flavors followed the nose, couldnt detect much hop flavor at all and some slight alcohol feel to the beer but not bad. mostly sweet crystal malt mixture almost an unfermented taste. dead on the palate with little body. ive had several british cask beers and this one probably was much better as just the mild??? but still thin and uninteresting. a huge disapointment.
maltdog (613) - Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Deep brown/red, the color of dried blood. One-finger head is dense and tan, nearly yellow, with exceptional staying power. Unpleasant winey and caramelly nose, with stewed fruits and currants, pumpkin pie spice, and charred wood. The slightest bit of bubblegum as well. Tastes very "brown", very muddy, sour, alcoholic, spicy. Hops are in perfect balance, though. Palate is full and velvety soft. Roasty, woody, bilous, and extremely tannic aftertaste. Like eating mulch and tea leaves. It gets worse with time. I can’t believe Stone didn’t dump this failure. What a f***ing waste of money.