ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 22 oz. bottle pours brilliant deep red copper in color with a giant tan head; good lacing. Bountiful hops dominate the aroma, but I also spotted some caramel malt. The initial palate is malty sweet (and more so as the ale warms). There is a powerful, unsubtle hop finish with slight alcohol warming and a super long-lasting aftertaste.
JonMoore (2019) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Yardhouse, Long Beach. Dark amber colour, with quickly gone white head. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy and malty taste. Full bodied with very noticable alcohol. Not bad, but I was expecting better.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Rating Number 100.. Poured an dark amber color with a two finger head that dissapeared quickly. Nice hoppy aroma with a malty presence. This one kicks you in the face with taste. Very heavy hop beginning with a bitter yet malty middle and some alcohol and hops bitter in the finish. Definitely a great beer.
StoutsRights (10) - USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber color. Had to pour it a bit roughly to get the head, which dissipated, but left some nice lacing. There is a big hop prescence, but the bitterness is mostly hidden behind equally big maltiness. I let it warm up, and the malt completely overtook the hops.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich red-copper colour, fluffy tan head. Amazing aroma, mostly hops and pineapple. Taste is very hoppy and malty. Taste like nothing else Iíve tried. A truly great brew, and Iím not even a hophead...many thanks to the guy at Premiere Gourmet who recommended this...lookin forward to trying more Stone brews.
Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Zis bier lookt gut as I pourt it, mit ze gut head unt laceink. Zen I trank zum, unt it vondered me, vhere vas ze gut flavor complexion? Gif me ein gut Bock bier any time.
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2005 Total Score: 3.6
DRAUGHT I wasnít particularly impressed with this beer. It seemed to have the looks of a great beer, but the flavor seemed very one dimentional with some roasted flavor. The hops were quite manageable for a beer of this heavy body. I could easily name a dozen dark ales Iíd rather drink.
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 From 22 oz bottle with the neat label. This poured dark amber with nice tan head. Strong hops and malts greet you. Takes over your mouth in a hurry and is easy to drink. Flavor of malts and hops in good balance. Long bitter finish. This is everything a craft beer should be. Yum, yum, yum. Love this one.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer laces well. Whatís lace good for, anyway? Hops taste after a first sip, but as you drink more you find other flavors, including some sweetness. One day Iíll drink beers like this exclusively.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, I drank this in honor of the dearly departed Squid. Cheers to the furry friend to mouse and dog alike.
Poured dark amber with a frothy off white head. aroma of hops, with a side order of hops. The taste is aggressive with some hops to start, followed with malt and then hops, and lingering hops as well, would I be a bustard if I did not love this, not being a hop head?
Tmoney99 (11906) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Amber brown color with medium head. Complex aroma taht last the whole brew. Flavor is excellent with blend of character and good alcohol bite at finish. Drink one or have first.