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RATINGS: 4223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
midovark (808) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - MAR 6, 2017
Canned. Pours deep amber with huge beige head. Basically both the aroma and taste are dominated by prominently bitter hops that are underpinned with well balanced sweet malty/caramel notes. On the palate its bittersweet first and laters turns to lingering bitterness. Not an overcomplicated beer, but surely a well made one.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ryan4120 (1) - Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2017 does not count
L - Deep amber with a copper head S - Rich malt and hops with a twinge of booze on the nose T - Huge flavors. Similar to the nose with rich, tasty malts and hops - very hoppy. Roasty and toasty with caramel notes with a bit of booze on the back end. Its like a greatest hits of IPA, barleywine, and an amber ale. F - Full bodied with medium carbonation - very smooth O - All beers from Stone are typically on point but this one is just one of my all time favorites. Its somewhat like an IPA, somewhat like a barelywine, somewhat like an Amber - its near perfect. If Double Bastard didnt exist Id say this was near perfection when it comes to American Strong Ales

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (4568) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2017
Berlin version, 0.5l can. Pours deep dark amber-brown with a big fluffy head. Nose is toasted toffee, a little yeast and spice, distant red fruit, cola and cocoa. Toasty, resinous, slightly sweet and very, very bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rafax (253) - POLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Can. Dark ruby to brown, little bit hazy with nice, big, very solid, frothy, white head and good lacing. Reach, sweet malty aroma with some resin, bread and maybe citrus tones. Medium body, roasted in taste with significant bitterness in the finish, sticky and pleasant mouth feel. Its strong in taste and in aroma, its solid, its good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
qltsar (19) - - FEB 27, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2017 Tap. Deep beautiful amber colour. Small head. Fresh citrus start, heavy great fulfilled body with a slightly higher maltiness than expected from the type. Great balanced, but heavy bitter aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (794) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
50cl can, Geers. Pours dark red / mahogany. Very thick beige head. Large bubbles on top. Nose is hops and cara malts, gives a candy blend. Als cookies in the nose. Aroma of hoppelletcake and bitter biscuits. Taste is only sweet in scent, bitter throughout the rest of it. Slight wood finish or maybe its the cara roast. Its somewhat like an IPA, with the lack of yeast profile/esters and with the bold bitterness. But its less dryhopped and has a malty backbone.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
czlowiekmotyka (184) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 25, 2017
(Berlin version, 1 pint can) imagine a perfect strong lager beer. No extravagancy. Nice head, Nice Color and texture. Hoppy and fruity but not too much. Wunderbar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (3770) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2017
50 cl can, brewed in Berlin. Poured in to a Snifter. Dark amber colour with a medium sized, lightly tanned head. Fruity aroma with citrus, resins, caramel malts, toasted notes and pines. Taste is very bitter. Medium to full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes lasting dry and bitter with citrus, resin and pines. Nothing but subtle, as the writings on the can also suggests. Rather hopforward, which I like.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
matbli (344) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2017 Can 500 ml, pours clear dark amber with high beige head. Very flat aroma with some notes of wet paper with hints of honey citrus peel, sweat, some very light fruitiness and resin. In taste very earthy, dry and completely dominated by a long ashy bitterness. Im not sure if the european can version is so much different from the original but this is by far not what I call a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tezarak (121) - Lengnau, SWITZERLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Poured from a 50cl can at home. Dark brown-amber-red with a bone coloured, frothy head with good lacing. Slightly caramel and smoky malt aroma. Medium to medium-strong bitterness. Mild sweetness. Quite full bodied. Lasting bitterness and smoky aftertaste.


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