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RATINGS: 4270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.

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3.7
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2006
fruity aroma with some agressive hops. Excellent blood like color. Malty, and nice warmth going down the gullet... tastes better the fifth sip, so let the beer sit for a little while before tasting.

3.9
ganache (5903) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Re-rate: Bottle. Sweet fruity aroma with a light touch of yeast. Deep, gorgeous hazy red pour supporting a creamy tan head. Taste is a strong, elegant bitter, lasts through the finish and takes on grassy bready qualities. Caramel and lots of hops, but not overdone. Full-bodied and very dry. Very light pine and nice hoppiness. Score remains; great brew, a worthy candidate for the style standard.

3.5
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bomber. Aroma is piney with some alcohol notes, but balanced with strong malt; some slight fruit zest. Clear reddish amber color with a thick, lasting head. Flavor starts with a nice malty sweetness, but it’s quickly overpowered by the bitterness, which dominates and last into the finish. Seems to balance a bit more after a few drinks. Overall, a decent enough beer, similar to something like an imperial american brown. Lots of hype, but it doesn’t really impress me.

3.7
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Bottle. Dark auburn color with a white head that left quickly. Aroma is sugary, malty, vanilla, honey, cream, toffee, very sweet smelling. Nice flavor, bitter and decently dry. Given the aroma I was expecting a much sweeter beer, but didn’t feel let down. Bitter almonds and raisins in the flavor with some sour citrus also. Nice mouthfeel, nothing special, just nice.

4
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Draft - Teller’s in Hyde Park. Absolute money. Wonderful dark brown appearance with red highlights. Sweet, unassuming fruit and sweet malt flavor, yet nutty. Slight alcohol flavor. Great subtle hop finish that tops it off. A well done beer. My full rec.

4.2
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Pours to a nice red-brown color. Great, strong cantalope-like aroma. Sweet malt taste upfront with a surprising and pleasant hop finish thats very well balanced. Leaves a nice taste in your mouth. A very pleasant experience every time. I’ve yet to try a beer from Stone that didn’t agree with me.

4
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2006
An excellent beer! Smells of citrus with some sweetness. Tastes of grapefruit, carmel, hops. A very BIG beer -- big taste great smell and it’s one of the most beautiful beers, too! A gorgeous reddish hue.

3.3
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Big grapefruit, caramel, toffee. Pretty straight forward aroma. Appearance: Dark copper and clear. Off white head was full at first, but didn’t last long. Decent lacing. Flavor: Some toasted malt, caramel, and a touch of spice (cinnamon) work there way from the front, and then the hops dominate. Strong grapefruit and resinous flavors, with a touch of fresh grass. The finish is very bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Palate: Medium bodied. Carbonation seemed a bit high. Finish is nice and crisp before the bitterness kicks in. Overall: A beer worth trying, and definatly one for the hopheads. Pretty well balanced with an over the top bitter finish.

3.2
mocarmel (48) - Fortville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Strong citrus aroma. Amber/reddish clear color. Beer was too hoppy for my taste but was well balanced for the catagory. Bitter after taste detracted from the experience.

3
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 From a 22oz. Well balanced - hoppy without being an IPA. Extremely bitter finish. Interesting, and there must be a lot of malt in it, but doesn’t live up the hype. It’s decent, but far from exceptional. Guess I’m not worthy.


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