jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2004 Aug 24-04: Redemption!
Similar body, appearance etc. Malt is far more present than previously, and bitterness is more pleasant and less astringent. Very nicely balanced yet still aggressively hopped, a substantial chewy enjoyable beer. Touch of alcohol and grapefruit in the back end.<P>
Aug 16/04: Dark red brown body with a moderate tan head. Resiny hops in the aroma, hint of caramel and alcohol poiking through. Flavour is fairly bitter with what lots of a quality I attributed to humulin but I am not sure. Not as hoppy and bitter as I expected. Heavy aftertaste seems a bit off at first but is less noticable after a few belts. Nice mouthfeel, a bit thicker than average. This is a bit of an adjustment. I had high hopes for this one and while good it was a bit of a disappointment. I have a second bottle so we shall see how it compares. Thanks to Callie for the pick up in California, and to the Ratebeerian who brought one to Dougs place. 7/3/6/4/15
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great brew from Stone, smooth but also bitter. Poured a brownish body, with a light head, and a hoppy aroma. Litely sweet beer but not too much, a very nice ale.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
well the above description is correct about the quality and agressiventss, but i did enjoy it. at times thick and mollasses tasting. well hopped, some apple. a great beer
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 finally found this son of a bitch in Illinois. It was crazy good, though not exactly what I expected. The hops are uber, but you don’t realize it until you try to drink something else afterwards. Beautiful blood red color with a brown head. quite sweet and fruity with a matching hop profile. Lighter in taste than expected, smelled/tasted of apples and some syrups. Very good.
Ron (2730) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Flour City Brewfest. Wow, I was blown away by this beer. I could not describe all the flavors in this complex beer. It has alot to offer with a suprisingly smooth finnish. I went back for more samples of this brew.
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a deep opaque brown colored beer with a medium head with standard retention. Aroma is very powerful and consist mostly of what I think to be hops, a sweet and bitter type of hops though. Taste is quite unique for me (I think this is my first foray into the strong American Ale type) and consist mostly of some strong bitter hops and underline by some very subtle sweetness. Wow, this is like being hit on the head with a brick – plainly lots of malt and hops are included in here. The alcohol is a subtle but complement very well.
mjg74 (2571) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Very dark reddish color. Very hoppy and bold. Lots of flavor from start to finish. You can never go wrong with a bomber of AB.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured reddish brown with a nice off white head...smells sweet alcohol with lemony hint...tastes very rich and complex...very sweet at first then turning bitter and sour...definately a good one to have once a year...
gsmitty80 (1858) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best beers ive ever had. The marketing accentuates the taste and fullness of this beer. Shell out the bucks and taste it for yourself.
DarkElf (3037) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) On tap, this beer tastes and smells surprising floral and sugary, but in this tasting session, it is being compared to pints of an oak aged version of Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard; However, the strong hops bitterness and bite is still prevelent, even after sipping some Double Bastard; The mouthfeel also seems a little thin; Off-white head has average retention; For comparison's sake, some notes from previous bottles: Medium to full bodied, malty and very aggressively hopped, moreso than a typical IPAs; The malt is fairly sweet, and quite strong in flavor; Dark and brownish amber in color; Somewhat cloudy from fine sediment suspended in the beer