can8ianben (1545) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 A great full flavour. Most of the people around the table hated this one, but compared to their budweiser, this one is a little intense. A good well rounded beer.
RERATE: Strongly bitter - and not in the traditional west coast IPA sense, rather the English ale sense. A very rich and complex beverage with a thick tan head. ABUSEDGOAT (2760) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Ruby body with a fairly large head. Aroma is grapefruity and spicy hops galore. Medium bodied. Still the staple for the style, but I can never get into Stone’s house character or well... hop/mallt choice either. While more ’boring’ than the double bastard, I find this less offensive. It’s not bad, but I have really grown to dislike the stone beers. nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2005
What can be said that hasn’t been said already? There’s a reason it ranks so high. Good smell, looks nice, taste great. Why be wordy... it’s just damn good. ian2000gsxr (69) - USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 floral, fruity smell..full taste and dry.. kinda sweet but not overly hop taste really comes thru at the finish.. excellent...dont listen to the warnings.. you will like this. i know i did.. and it got me drunk lol Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Dark Amber body. On the pour head was off white and frothy, head dissipated but slight head was apparent on top of beer though out. Great lacing was left on the glass. Had a floral aroma to the beer. Flavor tasted like brandy at the end and you cold feel the alcohol taking affect. Glad I had this at home because otherwise you should have a designated driver if at a pub.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 On tap as guest beer @ Lamppost Pizza. Small ring for a head, light lace in rings. Clear amber, sparkling. Hard to pick up aroma. Clean mouth, dry finish. Flavor was dominated by hops in a big way, harsh, piney, with g-fruit rind, citrus...shouldn’t have had it before my pizza b/c the stomach wasn’t feelin’ it. Bastard indeed. ;o
Bottled. Nice rich mahogany color; clear and sparkling like champaign. Off-white, almost beige head--fully lasting, smallish to medium; nice, thick sheets of lace leaving behind a lovely, balanced patchwork. The aroma is exciting for me: it smells similar to an IPA; it’s simple, but very nice. Honey, honey-comb, fruity, floral hops, the slightest touch of pleasant juniper bushes and some mild, sweetish wheat-bready yeast. The mouth on this one is more pleasant than that of the bottle--with it’s warnings and naysayings. Fullish, lots of rich, foamy carbonation, yet the mouth retains pleasant liquidity; noticably dry. Flavor: honeycomb malts, touch of sugar, not very sweet--it’s a natural kind of sweet, like unsugared strawberries. Hops are introduced and finish with considerable, enjoyable bite. Grapefruit RIND, very bitter rind, pine, juniper and all three mix into a pungent finish that introduces and covers the alcohol. There’s some yeasty undertones throughout; tastes much like what it is: unreacted yeast. It’s lightly wheat-bready and pleastant though, mediating between your palate and the hops. Some floral hops are tastable as well, complementing the yeast and further blending the hops with the malts and creating the "honeycomb" flavor. ...loved by few... Not all aces in my book, but masterfully done. Powerful; pleasant. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Pours dark red. Smell is of rose hips and hops. Taste is bitter like a strong IIPA. Very nice! carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 16, 2005
A great beer. Certainly on the strong side with gobs of hops. Bitter yet smooth, a perfect blend with the cheese raviolis I just had for dinner! Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2005
A beautiful pour, with rich color and great frothy head. A prominent nose of flowery hops. A great initial sweet taste of malt and a hint of honey, which blends smoothly to the huge hop finish. Great beer. Had it on tap in San Diego. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Smells dry and roasty. dark brown/red color with tan head that lasts. Very chocolatey with a strong bitter finish that lingers on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Very roasty aftertaste.