JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
This is a tasty drinkable brew, not as aggressive as it makes itself out to be. Fruit and piney flavors with a good balance between malt and hops. screigh (765) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
I had this once before and thought it was excellent. I drank it from the bottle tonight and thought it tasted like Midori and grapefruit juice. Not a great combination. Maybe lightstruck, maybe I was wrong the 1st time. mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. was able to try this one in dc. very good stuff. just enough hops & malt combination. quite heavy. got to be a bit much towards the end. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2006
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle with a hilarious blurb on the back, no bottled/freshness date, sampled just below a cellar temperature in a chalice.
Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy reddish brown with a foamy white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, minimal amount of sticking, a medium carbonation.
Had a piney hop, caramelized and grain malty nose with whiffs of alcohol in the background.
A crisp, textured and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability.
Big malty taste, roasted and slightly toasted, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and grainy, balanced by an excellent citric rind and piney hoppiness, the hops bring a soft numbness to the tongue, and a piney, citric and sweet malty finish, just plain delicious tasting.
An excellent strong ale for others to measured against, a must try, balanced and flavorful, an amazing brew.
humuluslupulus (7) - USA - JUN 9, 2006 does not count
heavy malty, bitter, even.. def. more of a meal beer than a drinking beer. (im uploading some old mental notes of mine on 100+ beers to this site so i’ll keep it simple, and retaste soon)
DuffLover (129) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2006
From a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma is definitely sweet with malt and caramel and some spice and hop scents. Pours with a thick light tan to white head that dissipates slowly. Brew color is reddish amber. Flavor is very malty balanced with hops. Palate is thick, almost sticky. An excellent beer. Gus (29) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2006
First thing that hits you is the strong hop aroma, along with a very toasty carmel malt flavor. A very dark red color. Medium carbonation. Flavor is very bitter, but tends to leave you with a good aftertaste. Strong but goes down somewhat smooth. This is one of the best beers to date. Not one for drinking in large quanities, one to enjoyed slowely at the end of a long day. FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Very good beer. Dark reddish in color. Wasn’t much into hoppy beers, need to try it again and get an accurate taste. Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 Amazing. Dark crimson in color, Full of Sweet malt and chock full of bastardized hops. One of my top beers of all time. The style is tough to determine. My guess would be a perfectly balanced strong ale. Delicious!
Proud to be a Stone Brewing Distributor! marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 5, 2006
22oz bottle. Excellent brew - very hoppy, sweet, malty, balanced. Medium, lasting head, very fine carbonation and darkish brown color.