RATINGS: 4158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This is an aggressive beer. You probably wont 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Finally time to rate the one and only. Deep ruby reddish brown ale, off white head. Nose is full of citrus, light pine, florals, and some sweet buttery caramel to boot. Hoppy is an understatement, but really it comes through with a nice sweet malty balance. Medium to full-bodied, medium carbonation, lengthy bitter dry finish. In my book, Stone does no wrong....ever!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 I appreciate good beer. Ive had over 500 different kinds since I became a SERIOUS beer drinker. However, this concoction is just a bit too over the top for me. The label warns of its "aggressiveness," and touts that anyone who is not a REAL beer drinker "probably wont like it," thereby, subliminally at least, making everyone like it for fear of being called a wimp. Well, I can tell you with certainty that I am no wimp, and I have had much better beer than this. The taste is not what bothers me; rather, its the pungent aftertaste that reminds me of Robitussin that appalls me. I had to eat an apple while drinking this thing to keep from vomiting (and remember, I have had Buffalo Butt), so that should tell you something. (And after paying almost 5 bucks for a pint and a half, youre damn straight I was finishing it.) So, go on and tout your love of this potion; I will go on enjoying my more mellow blends that have less to prove in terms of how "manly" they are. Rotten vegetables, and putrid fruit dominate the flavor. Thats all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Definately worth the wait for this. A nice deep red/ dark amber appearance with a good tan head. Strong hops, spicy aroma, good malts too. Over the top hop, malty flavor. A little bit of caramel too. SICK beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Very unique strong ale. A classic for real beer drinkers. Pours a dark redish brown. Punishing hoppy and spicy nose wish creamy head. Has a strong malty taste, very rich and up a notch by a also strong hop presence. It finishes with a great spicy bitterness which kicks this beer onto a whole new level. Good stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2004
Bottle. Well, first off, the bottle was pretty damn funny. But once you get passed it, youre left with a pretty solid beer. Citrus hop aroma from a ruby red body. Strong alcohol taste, but thin enough for the hops to get through and bite you, while giving a smooth malt taste. A unique balancing act for sure, but I thought it tasted stronger than the 7.2%, which distracted me a bit. A fine beer though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
briellis (2) - USA - JUN 18, 2004 does not count
Great mixture of malt and hops. Quite possibly the best American Strong Ale Ive had. Really looking forward to experiencing more Stone products.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2004
No doubt, this is a big beer. Do they use H3O in this, too. This is not a brew for the timid, but dont be scared. How do they do it, balance such huge flavors? Its the yin and the yang of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 This is one badass beer. The flavor explodes in your mouth. A very nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors. Starts off with a malty, slightly citrusy flavor, finished with a silghtly bitter hoppy aftertaste. They hide the alcohol content well! Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Someone got me an Arrogant Bastard Ale shirt, so I had to try the beer. I had it mailed to me in Kansas (shhh!), and had a six pack with my father-in-law. I was very pleasantly surprised with how flavorful this was. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Excellent brew on tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas. Poured a very dark orange and brown with a tan head. Has a subtle orange peel and bread aroma. The taste is strong orange peel hops with a nice malty balance. Sweet and bitter finish. Lots of lacing. My first beer from Stone and I am impressed.

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