Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber pour with mahogany highlights. Light head. Flowery citrus hops with some pine. A good malt backing with hints of caramel and roast. Biscuity aromas with a slight touch of pepper. Bitter comes out in the flavor with some roast and caramel malts. Spicy hops show up with the bitterness and some more of that pepper. Again there is a warm biscuit flavor or maybe toasted flavors. Tangy palate with a lingering malt and bitter tail.
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is this first Stone that I have not had on tap so my overall experience is limited to the bigger bottle. If I had not ever had any other Stone, I would rate this as outstanding. However it is not quite up to their other ales, such as IPA, Ruination IPA, and Arrogant Bastard.
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby dark amber. Long-lasting 1/2 -cm beige head. Very light nose. Citrus, almondy. Hoppy from the beginning although not agressive. Dry woody and earthy flavors. Sharp bitterness with pencil shavings and leafy edges. Thin-medium body, moderately high carbonation. Mineralic aftertaste, ironoxide like. Alright low gravity ale with a hop oriented flavor balance. I would prefer it with a more defined malt crunch, more biscuity and firm, but it serves its purpose.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The mildest and most ordinary of Stones beers. Saying that, it really shows the high quality of Stones products! Pours a tall fluffy off-white head on a amber colored body. Sweet roasted malt dominates the aroma with hop and toffee tones. Flavor is mild malty with a fine roasted tone and bitter hops. The sweetness hides behind the bitterness but there is a good balance between the two. Little thin on the palate but nice and tasty.
Beaver (1546) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Levitation pours a copper-red with a creamy light tan head that goes to a thin film and collar.
Its aroma is a nice mix of spicy, piney hops and sweet caramel malts and some subtle notes of fruitiness.
The flavor is bready, sweet caramel malts initially, a little fruitiness and then a nice bitter piney hop finish. It is medium bodied and pretty smooth. It has a watery finish though that washes out a lot of the flavor.
Overall, I was let down a bit. I like how the sweet and hoppiness blended. But it seemed a little off. It’s very close to being an excellent brew, but not quite there.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - Ruby/amber color and makes a small white head. Aroma is malty, sweet with citrus hoppiness and lightly roasted. Taste starts out with a hoppy spice and finishes with a roasted malt character. Nicely balanced. Thin and smooth palate.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very malty. This has hops all over it. Bitter and aroma hops. It has a good overall flavor, but the finish is just a little bitter. This is nice, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get ahold of it.
Kevin (2182) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a nice brown with a light head. aroma is malty with a bit of a flower aroma. taste is at first sweet toffee and caramel . finish is a great balancing hop flavor. a very good beer to drink with lunch.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish burgundy. The head is light, frothy, mostly diminishing and leaves sheets of lacing all down the glass.
Quite fragrant. Butter toffee, caramel, mango and floral notes.
Well balanced flavor. It is refreshing for a low alcohol beer to have such a nice hop character. Light roasted malts, butter, caramel and floral and grassy hop notes.
The finish is clean and leaves an excellent sweetness on the palate.
Shag (2738) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just forget its Stone and you will be ok. A good beer considering the usually boring style. A dark brown appearance. This had a hop bite and a large amount of malt as well. A toned down Stone beer ok for a session ale. I didn’t mind it at all.