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RATINGS: 4267   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
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.

3.8
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - JUL 12, 2005
Great appearance...pours a dark red color with nice head. Slight malt flavor and a bitter aftertaste. No distinct aroma to speak of.

3.8
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2005
pours a verry reddish hugh w/ lots of carb bubbles and a nice off white head w/ some good lacing. Smells nummy big malty aroma a good even hop and a carmel plum scent. Palate is well carbonatd ok coating. Flavor is pretty odd.. a strong bitterness over a weaker carmel malt flavor very strong bitter and a lingering sweetness. Good but not great. thanks to blake for bringing to share.

3.7
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2005
On Tap at Kahootz: This dark brew was rich and malty with a sweet aftertaste. After a while, I picked up on some hints of bitterness as well. Enjoyable!

0.5
LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Stone has got to be THE most overrated brewery! A marginal strong ale at best, a bastardization of Old Ale and Barely Wine with arrogance to boot. So sweet I will save some of this to put on my pancakes.

3.9
GMP (16) - USA - JUL 5, 2005
Bottled from local supermarket in Oregon. A very nice beer, drinks well, good taste and aroma. My only complaint would be that it is perhaps a little too forward with the alcohol, but not enough to spoil the experience.


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