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RATINGS: 4065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Whooaaa - not bad! As a matter of fact, pretty darn good! Not sure about the aroma, couldn’t quite place t - it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either, but it woke up my nose and made me take note. Complex brew - lots of different flavors, some pine, some grapefruit, some malt, some hops, something else. It was all good though - definitely a keeper.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Very strong beer in both falvor and aroma. Not for amateurs. High ginger aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Despite the stern warning on the bottle, i think this is probably one of the more accessable beers stone makes. Then again, the warning is probably ment for people who consider corona light exotic. Very tasty. The bottle deserves an award for creative writing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2006
While the description implicates this beer is "aggressive", after having this I’m getting the feeling the description was meant for those who indugle in nothing but marcro beers. It IS a stong ale, but if anything I found it very well balanced and very drinkable. It pours a pretty deep red color with a fizzy white head. Pine, citrus and caramel fill the nose, while the flavor delivers grapefruit, appleskin, and caramel malts. The beer is malty in front and over the tounge with a light, bitter finnish...and almost chewy texture. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 2/19/06 Transparent deep amber coloration with a thick orange-toned head. Malty, caramelly aroma combines with the moderately bitter and smokey flavor.After looking at some other reviews I was expecting a lot more bitterness, but it is a good tasting strong ale. 5/18/07 Bottle has been in my cellar since 2/06 Nose of light citrus hops with caramel; Deep cherry brown with a big straw-orange head; flavor of hop bitterness, caramel, and citrus in a medium thick body. It has aged well! 8/ 4 / 9 / 5 / 16 = 4.2

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2006
22oz bomber. Have to say I love the bottle. Pours dense and intense creamy and lasting head. The thick body has light carbonation barely noticable. Dark brown. Hit with smell of cherry wood (or maybe cherry and wood), cinnamon, floral hops combine with cut grass, maybe a hint of the alcohol. Sip is journey. Long and changing. Hard to grasp. Sweet honey along with a grapey twang. Some sweet fruity presence most like pear leads to bitter cranberry. Also at back is bitter pine bite. Finishes smokey. Was I smoking a cigar? I want another.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Beer the same color as the bottle. Nothing but bitterness steams and sizzles off of this one. Perhaps a faint sweet residue but truly nothing other than an adjunct bitterness. Anise emerges and then gets sucked down into the bitterness. Flavors reflect his madness. gargantuan quantities of thick and crunchy bitterness. Malts are more roasted than caramelized. Not much sweetness. I am not worthy apparently

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Stone’s flagship. Lots of good malt, hops, and alcohol. Pours to a deep amber to red color with a thick white head, that fades, and a good carbonation. The nose has lots of good pale, and sweet, and caramel malt, paired with zesty citrus, and pine hop aroma. The palate is firm with good pale and sweet malt, paired with "plummy" estery fruit, and flavors of candied citron. Finishes with good sweet and caramel malt up front, then ends with a tangy, citrus, hop bite that lingers. Great beer. A perfect coctail, good before, or with a meal. Good beer to sit and relax with.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
great, great , great! the fact that it’s easily accessible makes this an even better beer but the reality is that this is, in fact, a quality beer with a pound-for-pound great kick! enjoy this one!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
22oz bomber. Poured deep clear amber-brown with a HUGE, lasting tan head--wasn’t able to fit nearly the whole bottle into an ABA footed glass. Very enticing aroma: moderately hoppy with some definite malt character as well. Flavor starts off with deceptive sweet bready malt and rapidly gives way to resinous hops and distinct alcohol. The flavor profile seems more distinct to my young palate in small sips (some prune, more balanced malt character, faint vinous notes). Finish is long, moderately dry and quite bitter. I love bitterness in a strong ale, but this finish strikes me as bitter to the exclusion of other flavors and sensations. Very substantial body on the palate; texture is a bit oily but not in a bad way.

Perhaps, as the label suggests, I lack the sophistication to appreciate this beer, but I thought the aroma and palate deserved a more balanced flavor or at least a more interesting hop profile.


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