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RATINGS: 4002   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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3.9
beedman (60) - Wonju, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 28, 2006
Mmmm hops, and lots of it. Pours an amber brown with off white foam, creamy, thin and lasting. Aroma is LOTS of citrusy hops. Taste is hops, a faint cheese like taste, gives way to malt (doughy), and then right back to hops - white grapefruit like citrusiness. If you don’t like hops, "you’re not worthy" to like this beer. Thanks to Jen for procuring this one for me.

3.6
theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Bomber. Pours hazy, caramel red. Head is reddish. Tons of malt up front, hops even a little earthiness in this one. Creamy, good body. Stone uses a ton of hops in their beers, and I love it! True masters.

2.9
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2006
pours dark red, brown frothy head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is lightly malty, cookies, moderatly hoppy of flowers and grapefruit, with hints of yeast dough. Flavor is lightly sweet and moderatly hoppy bitter and grapefruit dominates the taste and aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, watery, and livley. Also gave me a wicked headache.

4.1
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
22oz bomber. Pours a slightly hazy caramel red with a two finger pillowy light beigeish red head. Aroma is grapefruity resinous hops, caramel and toasty malts. Do I also get a hint of peated malt? Ah, yes, the toasty smoky malts come through more in taste, as does some earthy resiny woody hops. Quite a bit of bitterness throughout through to a dry finish. Never did get much sweetness, but that’s just fine. Moderate carbonation though very creamy, medium-full bodied. The lacing consisted of a sheet with only a few breaks--nice. Quite good.

4.3
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2010 Pours a deep, dark amber with plenty of effervescents; head is full, creamy, lasting, and canvas-colored leaving nice lacing. Plenty of hops, mostly resinous pine with white grapefruit supporting,and a good malt base, toffee and caramel and just a touch of dried fruits (raisins and dried apricots). Flavor is fairly aggressive, but not overpowering in any phase. Moderately high bitterness with mostly piney hops; this is matched by a sweet caramel background with some toasty bready notes and a nice woodsy tinge of maple wood. Ends mostly dry with some maple wood notes with all the sweetness giving way to the bitterness. Palate is superb, soft and medium-full, with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel even considering the hop level. Not overly complex, but you really get the full spectrum of flavors, from sweet malt base to bitter hops and great harmonious melding of flavors. Stone does it again, wonderfully done beer!

4
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Pours a dark brown, with plenty of red highlights and a large bubbly and persistant head. Aroma balances some caramel scents with some strong citrus hops. Taste first attacks with coffee roast, but is sweetened a little bit by caramel and toffee elements. Finishes with a strong delightful hoppy flavor and black coffee roast. Some woody tastes show up as the beer warms. Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Cloys slightly after a while, for whatever reason, even though this isn’t terribly sweet or anything. Very good beer, lot’s to offer.

4.1
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a deep blood amber colour with a nice foamy-creamy white-tan head. Moderate activity. Nose is hoppy, grassy and a caramel/toffee element. Taste is very full bodied and hoppy. Palate is relativily smooth and caramel. The overall character is very aggressive but the palate tones it down to a manageable level making it very subtle and complex.

4
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2006
served at NYC Brewtopiafest. pours a light copper-brown body with a small white head. smells of citrus hops. tastes of citrus hops, grass, grapefruit and caramel and is slightly bitter. really really dries out your mouth by the aftertaste. not overly complex but its crisp, refreshing and smooth. one of the best at the beerfest.

4
joeyp (30) - Alabama, USA - OCT 20, 2006
citrusy and toffee in scent. appearance is dark red maybe even light brown. by the story on the bottle i was either expecting something either really strong or really bad. but this isnt bad. Its defenetly a good brew!

4.1
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Clear cherry wood color with a 1 finger foamy head. Grapefruit, spice, orange and caramel aroma. Big caramel and piney hop flavor with spicy hops lingering in the mouth. Medium-full body but a bit syrupy.


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