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RATINGS: 4127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
whiskeyrocks (90) - Lindenhurst, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Such a good beer... has everything you could ask for. Amazing smell. Thick creamy head. Deep dark ale color. And the taste is where its at. Hoppy and amazing. Nuf said

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apingos (90) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
22 0z bottle. Pours dark carmel with a beige head. solid hoppy flavor of pine. Very balanced though. One of this brews highlights is the great mouth feel. I think the extra carbination hepls. savor this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadski (89) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Full-bodied with molasses flavors rounded out by hints of brown sugar. Always a nice treat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - JUL 18, 2013
Everytime I have this beer I think i will finally conclude that its isnt all its cracked up to be. Everytime it surprises me again, as one of the best craft beers out there period! I think if stone had made it as some exclusive hard to find seasonal, it would get even high ratings than it already does. Has amazing spicy pine entry that finishes with lucious passionfruit understones. The complexity and depth of a barlywine melded with the drinkability of an apa...Even though their stupid "our beer is too intense for you" marketing gimmick has gotten old, stones flagship beers never will.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
A good beer, though I was expecting more from it. Very hoppy yet pretty smooth. Its a good beer with lots of hops!

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
elgavilancillo (89) - Long Beach, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 strong ale indeed nice head and body with a sweet taste at first than strong alcohol taste love it!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Aroma: a lot going on here, sugary dough and bread, figs, and maybe hazelnut, Appearance: kind of a murky reddish brown to be honest, not much of a head upon pour, Taste: absolutely awesome, immediately confronted by the resiny and juniper hops, which you dont get much of in the aroma, but you certainly get plenty of in the taste, you also get that burnt sugar, caramel flavor from the malt, this is one of those beers that does a really, really good job at balancing the hops with the malt; Palate: sweet and bitter aftertaste, good carbonation, doesnt offend with any particular flavor overpowering the other, perfectly balanced and wonderfully drinkable; Overall: I love this beer, one of the best that Ive had from Stone (Ive had several even though I havent rated them all), I will definately be bringing this one home to my brothers and my dad over Christmas this year, Id recommend it to anyone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Reddish brown with a slight off-white head that hangs around for awhile and leaves a good deal of lacing. The aroma is heavy on the piney hops and the caramel malt. The flavor is very hoppy and high in alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bennet65 (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2012
This really is a great beer, not too hoppy, not too malty, bang in the middle. great balance. never had a young bottle of this due to it coming slowly across the pond, its meant to be better then, if so i cant imagine by how much. really great beer.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Dark Amber pour with a thick, lasting head with great lacing. Heavy aroma of grapefruit and pine. Thick mouthfeel with a very bitter finish. More of a 'XXXL IPA' than a Strong Ale, but it's a work of art. Simply outstanding.


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