igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2004
extremely deep reddish amber color, crystal clear. head is thick beige-colored and lasting. aroma is LOADED with caramel malts, buttery as can be. lots of toffee, and woodiness. flavor is thick, very slightly alcoholic, full of caramel malts with an excellent hop presence throughout. malts are strong, but pale in comparison to the dryness created by the hops. thank you Cheri! JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2004
Good, but rapidly vanishing crème-amber head; very dark red-chestnut colour. Great hopskick at the same time a sweetish, grapey, even raisiny aroma, might be restsugars, but I bet it are both malts (toffee-ish) and hops. My co-taster complains of too much bitterness. I don’t - I LOVE this grapey-hoppy taste. Superb, and what balance! Oily, full-bodied, slick, nearly viscous. Maybe being weaned on trappist ales made me worthy? I don’t know, but to a natural hophead, this kind of Californian hopmonsters are great - in this case a great renewed acquaintance. Big thanks to FilipG. Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
On tap from Mugs in Brooklyn.
This is a nice beer. It is well-balanced and the alcohol is well hidden because the finish is dominated by spices and bitterness. Nice beer. Quite similar to the little brother, just stronger. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
on tap at Mugs in Brooklyn. I was actually disappointed with this, not because it wasn’t very excellent, but because I didn’t get blown out of my shoes with an oral assault. Maybe I was misled. beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Had this on tap at Mugg’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sweet and glorious beer--do not chug, you will die. Nutty--like roastedness of nuts. Perhaps what fermented grass would taste like. Hope like iodine. Poisonous but purifying. You shan’t be the same man again after this one.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
Brown sugar, toffee and caramel in the aroma, clear, dark ruby, pours a small toffee head. Flavour is a fine malt, with caramel, treacle, lovely woodiness, some hops but they’re subtle. Full bodied, very well balanced, bitter and warming. Superb!
Thanks so much joey_capps! joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
2004 Release. Hazy dark brown w/ a purple hue. Pale tan foam. Sweet aroma of caramel & toffee w/ orangey, citrusy hops & mild notes of vanilla & mint. Smooth, rounded, full-bodied feel. Complex flavour of caramel, toffee, cookie dough w/ a big, citrusy hop character & notes of leafy tobacco, vanilla, & oak. Warm, lingering, alcohol laden finish. IndianaRed (4617) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 Sampled an ’04 bottle after cellaring for nearly 2 yrs. I would say that over all the flavor has mellowed and smothed out better than I remember from a year and a half ago. Adjusting overall score up a bit.
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’03 Bottle Pours a dark murky redish brown with litle head very nice fine persistant lacing. Aromas are a strong malt and hps combo with some fruity apple and melon notes. Flavors are a very thick robust hefy dark malt. fairly sweet with plenty of bite to it. There is a rich woody flavor as well. Feel is very heavy and smooth. Aftertaste is I think quite strong. Harsh. Not to the dossapointment of Stone I’m sure. Interesting and bold. Will not be a regular in my fridge though. eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Very nice thick brew with a mostly malt flavor. Dry and crisp though. Slightly harsh. Decent but not complex enough of a flavor to be one of my fav’s. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 21, 2004
Bloody-brown body that is relatively clear. Head is medium-thick, toasted-brown bubbles. Smells of pine, melon,papaya, tangy citrus and sugar malt. Taste is broad and strong, and thankfully, not too sweet, as many Stone beers are. Lots of melon/pine hops riding on a nice roasted malt base. Lemon and alcohol warm the palate as well. Aftertaste is very bitter but just enough to make the inside of your cheeks sweat, certainly not overly arrogant. 10% alcohol is also subdued. I received this bottle from my great friend Jeremy (jgb9348) and it has a year of age on it, which is perhaps why everything was so mellow about this ’aggresive’ beer.