FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 Finally got around to rating this little gem. Pours a dark brown amber, with a foamy lingering head. Strong fruity and spicy hop aroma with a biscuity malt backing. Full body, aggressive from nose to finish. Seemingly super chewy mouthfeel caves in before barelywine levels of chewiness are reached. Spritely hop astringency matched with enough syrup malt character to keep everything assertive, but in check. Showcases the Stone yeast, which seem to posess a low enough attenuation to leave a certain unconverted fruity sweetness, despite the high gravity. Perhaps some byproduct esters of the yeast add to this effect, which is noticable in all of Stone’s beers. iluvipa (1) - USA - APR 1, 2005 does not count
Strong full-flavored dark amber and strong hop character. This is one of the best beers in the world bar none. SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
This is probably my favorite American strong ale. This beer pours a very dark amber color with ruby highlights. Monstrous head with really good head retention as well. This is one burley bastard that will kick your palate in the sack... I love it! The flavor is quite complex bringing everything from dark fruits to wood, heck I can even taste coffee in this bastard. This is one of those beers where everyone can taste something a little different. thehinge (296) - Nederland, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Appearance is a solid, copperish red.....unlike any other beer I’ve seen. Healthy light tan head with good lacing that lasted until the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is grassy and piney.....very nice.
Mouthfeel is medium...coats your mouth nicely. Flavor has a caramel, woody start with a slightly bitter alcohol finish. I would highly recommend this. punkeedo (499) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - MAR 29, 2005
This is not my favorite big beer, but it is recommended. Nice as your first or only beer of the night. Dark and nutty, this beer is very aggressive. There are hints of cinnamon at first taste. You can slightly taste the alcohol, but it’s not overpowering. Smells great and malty and looks beautiful, with a nice head. This is a cool beer. You should check it out, since it’s so affordable. I got it for $4.99.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
This beer’s aroma is sweet with what I felt was a hint of vanilla. The taste washes evenly across your palate. A sort of citrus flavor that is full and rich with a slight hoppiness. A beer I have been wanting to try for awhile and it did not disappoint. Clearly the favorite of that evenings tasting and one I cannot wait to get some more of. MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pours amber color, with little head. Very bitter on the palate. Good beer on occasion. Strong bold favor. Not for the weak of hear. JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Like my brother said; besides its name being a good description for many alcoholics, this is a really good beer. Pours a deep red amber , with an off white head that leaves thick lacing. The floral scent is attractive, and uncommon. Very smooth yet complex flavor. Experience isn’t as hoppy as some American strong ales, because they are blended nicely with the loads of malted barley. mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - MAR 24, 2005
this is not as hoppy as say, a ruination ipa, but it’s still very hoppy and bitter. it’s a good beer, but i was expecting much more. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
This is a solid ale. Very enjoyable, but it definitely doesn’t live up to the hype, even though it’s the sole purporter of said hype. It’s a wonderful beer, but I don’t feel as though my mouth has been accosted, nor do I think it’s that inaccessible, as I shared a bottle with two friends of mine who aren’t avid beer drinkers and they proclaimed it among their favorite beers ever. Perhaps Stone should strive for something that isn’t so delicious in their attempts to ward off the "unworthy."