richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2005
much thanks to my former apprentice, firemoose15, for bringing this one over, plus giving me another one for my own enjoyment. poured a deep amber with a thick creamy off white head that retained itself for the duration of the glass. sweet caramel and maple syrup components to the aroma, along with some pine and raisins. sweet caramel flavors, cherry and maple, along with pine hops and spices. smooth combination of the flavors and a slight warming sensation from the abv leads me to ask the question...does Stone make a bad beer? mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
deep reddish brown, well retained beige head. aroma of mixed dried fruit, cakedy malt, cherries and rediny hops. big and bold full mouthfeel. flavour starts sweet and tangy but quickly moves boozy and piney with lots of bitterness. very. albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber-red with decent head, that doesnt last long. Strong fruity aroma mixed with toffee hints and hops, with alcohol all the way thru. Good buzz off one bottle. Not quite as enjoyable as Arrogant Bastard. I found the fruitiness & alcohol a bit too much for my taste, but a very exceptional beer, nonetheless. kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2005
22oz bottle. pours a beautiful darker red color with a nice one finger off white creamy head. aroma is sweet and very malty i can almost smell the alcohol. taste is very sweet and almost syrupy. there is a lot going on in this. grapefruit caramel toffee. very sweet almost too sweet. the mouth feel is nice smooth and creamy with a nice bitter end. a very good beer but i cant see drinking more than one of these in a night. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
04 Bottle - old notes. Ruddy brown color, and huge sweet and fruity malty aroma with agressive citrusy hops. Even more assertive in flavor, big malty with sweet fruits like apples and grapefruits and a bit of alcohol burn. This one is really good.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Bomber into Aventinus glass. Purchased somewhere in Toledo. Um, over rated. Maybe the most over rated beer I’ve ever had. That’s not saying it’s the worst, or the most disappointing, but Top 50? Every Top 50 beer I’ve had I could understand how it got there, even if my particular opinion was different from the norm, but not with this one. Glowing yellow brown in the glass, with a yellow egg cream foam head that’s thick and forms a semi-solid film on top that is kind of impressive and at the same time almost gross. Smells like bananas floating in heavy cream with touches of brown sugar. Good to great racing is perhaps too quick to reach the top to be amazing. The lacing is a thin glittering film that was for some reason unappealing. The flavor and mouthfeel are harsh at first, and by that I don’t mean strong necessarily, because strong can be smooth or intense and enjoyable. This was like nettles. Brashly but uninterestingly hoppy and uninspiringly malty, the unimpressive characteristics were, I guess, well-balanced. Some flabby sweetness countered the bitterness nicely. Black pepper in the beginning of the finish. End of the finish was meally with a bit of alcohol astringency. Body was medium to full overall and creamy sometines, which I guess was the best part about the beer. If there were one beer in my experience that I would say tasted like the essence of a bastard liquefied, it would be this one; and that’s a pretty half-assed compliment. Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Thin head which dissipates rather quickly. Great carbonation though keeps the surface dancing. Nice toffee and caramel aroma with plenty of malts and a touch of sweetness. Color is a murky dark reddish brown. Flavor is rich and spicy. Strong malt backbone with more caramel and a pretty noticeable amount of alcohol. Pretty hot brew. Little sweet and very warming. Finish is thick and lingering with a slight dry bitterness from the hops presence. A pretty good strong brew. Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Very appealing beer. Nice head, smells of malts and the flavor is great. Highly recommended. BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Poured thick, dark amber-red, rich creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts, a bit of citrus. A bit stringent in the mouth, alcohol too. Pure hops all the way through the taste...no...wait...some uncharacteristic (and unrecognizable) sweet comes through as well. A difficult beer to have more than one at a time, but quite tasty. LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 6, 2005
This is macho brewing gone amuck. The alcohol presence is overstated as well as the syrupy sweet linger that stays too long. Not hopped accordingly another Stone masterpiece for those so inclined.
When will this trend in big poor tasting beers end. I wanted my money back after this joke of a brew