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RATINGS: 4237   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Dark brownish-ruby. Offwhite head is thick at first but settles down after a few sips from the glass. Sweet aromas of cinnamon and caramel. Different taste than I expected after the smell. Hops dominate up front but are quickly rounded out by the sweet maltiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2003
With a lovely, dark rasberry color and yeasty aroma (do I detect a hint of sweet, tart fruit in the nose, or is it just suggested by the amazing color?), this is a complex, hoppy, sweet (delicate, not syrupy), and creamy ale - simply wonderful!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
Can't get too far in beer life without rating the bastard eh? I really like this beer... I pretty much always have a bottle or 3 in my fridge. It pours a deep red color with an off white head of medium size. Head dissipated too quickly, and seems to leave little lacing. Pfeh, who cares, let's get to the good stuff. Aroma is pretty hoppy but strong alcohol and sweet crystal malts. Taste is much the same! The malt complexity is pretty impressive and hits right away, but with plenty of hop bitterness to keep things in line. Mouthfeel may be a touch too carbonated, but the effervensance does serve to move the flavor around quite a bit. Finishes dry and clean with a good alcohol taste and burn lingering. Great beer Greg, thanks :) (note, I've been drinking this at ~55 degrees lately, really brings out the malt tastes more, give it a shot if you're getting nothing but hops from the bastard!)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Its not even funny how many of these Ive had. I decided not to rate this until I had another bottle of it. Anyways, this has a very nice aroma to it, and a great appearance and color. Has a nice appricot like flavor and a smooth aftertaste to it. For being 7.2% you dont taste the alcohol at all really. Just plain a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Pours a dark amber with a tan head. Aroma is fruity, nevertheless you can still smell some malt and hops in the beer. The flavor has hops initially, which give way to malt flavors. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Wow! What a beer! Poured amber into the glass. Nose of HOPS and citrus. Taste of HOPS and grapefruit and HOPS. Slightest hint of malt along with HOPS. Good carbonation and HOPS. A terribly overrated beer IMO, in great part because it says "Stone" on the label.

Did I mention the HOPS??

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnnysmoke (104) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2007
I have a lot of beer tasting years under my belt... or should I say over my belt. AB is one of the finest beers brewed in America today. Hoppy, with great flavor (chocolate, fruit, citrus). This is a smooth beer that goes down easy. At 3.99 a bottle its a steal when compared to a Trappist. IMO this is the best beer Stone brews (better than their IPA). Im waiting to find one better for the price.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark amber wiht a nice head. Heavy malt aroma. Thick and creamy to the palate. Flavor has a sweet start malt middle and a bitter chocolate finish. $15.00 a six pack...good luck with that.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Nose was hops o plenty with some fruit and pine. Pours a nice brownish red with some good head. The carbonation and medium body is very well done and works well with the high hops... Finish is smooth.. Malty and hoppy with some citrus. I wanted to drink this again before I rated it and I am glad I did... a year ago I would of rated it a lot higher... still a good beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
What an insanely unique bitter beer. Herbal hoppiness combines with burnt wood, fruit skins, and malty goodness in a way that lingers on the palate for hours. My maximum intake is two pints.


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