thehinge (297) - 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 (1301) - 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." can8ianben (1601) - 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 (2900) - 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.