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RATINGS: 4260   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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4.5
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 29, 2005
22 oz 2004 bomber. Pours a reddish brown color with a thick creamy head. Smells of malts, hops, and has a little pine scent to it. Taste is malty, hoppy, with a slight citrus element to it. Very creamy in taste and it has a nice bite to it. Similar to the Stone 8th anniversary ale without the smoky flavor.

4.2
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle. Pours ruddy brownish. Big agressive piney woody aromas, lots of hops and swet malts. More of the same for flavor, sweet caramel malts and woody spicy hops, and add a little peppery alcohol spiciness. Assertive bitter bite at the end.

4.4
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2005
This was a favorite the first time I ever tried it. I still love it. Long Live Stone. Hard to believe I waited so long to try all the others.

4.3
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours an almost cranberry looking amber with a nice tan foamy head that laced the glass and was present throughout. This beer really looked nice. The aroma was of sweat molasses with some dark fruits. The initial taste was a hoppy bite. At first it surprised me because the aroma did not quite match the taste. But as I drank this bomber the tastes started to match up a little more with the aroma. Some citrus with almost a molasses meet citrus and floral hops on the taste buds. I really enjoyed this one. Went very well with the chicken I grilled up.

4
lamas (1636) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Enjoy by: 09/27/05. A deep amber pour with a very thin khaki head that leaves rings of lacing. Chocolate, pine, grapefruit and leather in the aroma. Pretty unique combination. A full-bodied beer that coats the tongue with each sip. Starts off sweet with some caramel, malts, spices and woodiness. It transitions to a sticky finish with a good amount of bitter, dry hops that linger. Alcohol is quite well-hidden. Nice balance to this excellent beer.

4.5
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
22oz bomber. I am not worthy!! Have been wanting to try this for awhile now and I am not disappointed! I love the aroma, pine, citrus, and wonderful hoppy goodness. The flavor is huge, with the hops taking a back seat to the great malt. The hoppyness was less than anticipating.

3.7
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2005
22 oz. bomber, courtesy of Heemer77 ( thanks Eric ). pours a reddish brown with a tan head that sticks around as I work my way down the glass. this beer is sticky sweet on the lips and the flavors of bitter roated caramel, toffee and prunes take hold. certainly a strange combination of flavors to this beer. great marketing of this beer though!

3.8
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2005
The bottle is talking shit to me. I admit it, im scared. Does my weak ass palate have what it takes to enjoy this? hmm, the aroma is delicious, got hints of sweet grapefruit, hops, and christmas trees. Tastes lovely, big grainy sweetness and hops balance each other out. Bitter coffee and chocolate flavors linger for a while. Lively and stinging presence on the tongue. Good stuff, and the gargoyle rules.

4.4
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Bomber. Just based on the bottle art, I’d like to give this a 6 out of 5 on appearance. Maybe the gargoyle was just happy to be poured into a Maudite snifter, but it looked gorgeous, murky red with a great head on it. Left a great lacing, too. Hoppiness, balanced with sweet malts are all over the nose. There’s some dark fruits and woodiness in there, too.

Ok, deep breath, time for the first sip … Beware! That first step is a doozy! It really lets you know who’s boss. Hops assault. But, it quickly mellows out and balances with sweet malts, a multitude of spices, brandy, wood, honey and molasses. But that’s on the tongue. The back of the throat is a different story altogether. Just in case you forgot, the bastard grabs the back of your throat and strangles you with a hop induced bitterness that stays with you for days. This one has a ton going on, yet remains balanced. They’re right, though, this is not for the weak of heart.

3.9
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
one of the best stone beers unless you are lucky enough to get a couple of the anniversary editions. bitter and dark with a hit of sweet richness. large head and better out of the bottle than on tap.


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