JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like my brother said; besides its name being a good description for many alcoholics, this is a really good beer. Pours a deep red amber , with an off white head that leaves thick lacing. The floral scent is attractive, and uncommon. Very smooth yet complex flavor. Experience isnít as hoppy as some American strong ales, because they are blended nicely with the loads of malted barley.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - MAR 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
this is not as hoppy as say, a ruination ipa, but itís still very hoppy and bitter. itís a good beer, but i was expecting much more.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a solid ale. Very enjoyable, but it definitely doesnít live up to the hype, even though itís the sole purporter of said hype. Itís a wonderful beer, but I donít feel as though my mouth has been accosted, nor do I think itís that inaccessible, as I shared a bottle with two friends of mine who arenít avid beer drinkers and they proclaimed it among their favorite beers ever. Perhaps Stone should strive for something that isnít so delicious in their attempts to ward off the "unworthy."
can8ianben (1403) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 A great full flavour. Most of the people around the table hated this one, but compared to their budweiser, this one is a little intense. A good well rounded beer.
RERATE: Strongly bitter - and not in the traditional west coast IPA sense, rather the English ale sense. A very rich and complex beverage with a thick tan head.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Ruby body with a fairly large head. Aroma is grapefruity and spicy hops galore. Medium bodied. Still the staple for the style, but I can never get into Stoneís house character or well... hop/mallt choice either. While more íboringí than the double bastard, I find this less offensive. Itís not bad, but I have really grown to dislike the stone beers.
nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can be said that hasnít been said already? Thereís a reason it ranks so high. Good smell, looks nice, taste great. Why be wordy... itís just damn good.
ian2000gsxr (69) - USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 floral, fruity smell..full taste and dry.. kinda sweet but not overly hop taste really comes thru at the finish.. excellent...dont listen to the warnings.. you will like this. i know i did.. and it got me drunk lol
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Amber body. On the pour head was off white and frothy, head dissipated but slight head was apparent on top of beer though out. Great lacing was left on the glass. Had a floral aroma to the beer. Flavor tasted like brandy at the end and you cold feel the alcohol taking affect. Glad I had this at home because otherwise you should have a designated driver if at a pub.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 On tap as guest beer @ Lamppost Pizza. Small ring for a head, light lace in rings. Clear amber, sparkling. Hard to pick up aroma. Clean mouth, dry finish. Flavor was dominated by hops in a big way, harsh, piney, with g-fruit rind, citrus...shouldnít have had it before my pizza b/c the stomach wasnít feeliní it. Bastard indeed. ;o
Bottled. Nice rich mahogany color; clear and sparkling like champaign. Off-white, almost beige head--fully lasting, smallish to medium; nice, thick sheets of lace leaving behind a lovely, balanced patchwork. The aroma is exciting for me: it smells similar to an IPA; itís simple, but very nice. Honey, honey-comb, fruity, floral hops, the slightest touch of pleasant juniper bushes and some mild, sweetish wheat-bready yeast. The mouth on this one is more pleasant than that of the bottle--with itís warnings and naysayings. Fullish, lots of rich, foamy carbonation, yet the mouth retains pleasant liquidity; noticably dry. Flavor: honeycomb malts, touch of sugar, not very sweet--itís a natural kind of sweet, like unsugared strawberries. Hops are introduced and finish with considerable, enjoyable bite. Grapefruit RIND, very bitter rind, pine, juniper and all three mix into a pungent finish that introduces and covers the alcohol. Thereís some yeasty undertones throughout; tastes much like what it is: unreacted yeast. Itís lightly wheat-bready and pleastant though, mediating between your palate and the hops. Some floral hops are tastable as well, complementing the yeast and further blending the hops with the malts and creating the "honeycomb" flavor. ...loved by few... Not all aces in my book, but masterfully done. Powerful; pleasant.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red. Smell is of rose hips and hops. Taste is bitter like a strong IIPA. Very nice!