AcctError53893 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Pours a caramel color with a fizzy head. Not enough oak flavors but it was a good beer none the less. bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Draught at Newport Pizza And Ale in OB. I’ve never had a really strong opinion of AB or 2x AB in the past. Sure, I’ve liked both enough, but didn’t feel strongly enough about either to want to rate them. I’ve been revisiting some of the Stone brews lately and have found I’m enjoying them more than before. Maybe my tastes have changed. This version of AB is my favorite. The oak is not at all overwhelming, but serves to mellow both the sweetness and bitterness somehow, generally adding a well balanced product. Nose is pretty weak and lacks any wood tones, but the flavor is lacking the syrupy malt quality of the other ABs, which is good. Still roasty, but not sugary/caramel. Cheek-clucking bitterness remains, but in a more subdued manner. The oak chips seem to add a lot to the end product, but one thing they do not contribute is a whole lot of woody/bark flavor. That’s good for me. frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Can’t go against Stone! Lots of bitterness in the taste, but well balanced nonetheless. Beautiful dark maroon color. Smells roasty. jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Nice beer not quite as good as the original in my opinion. I believe they went mellow on the hops and malt in order to better showcase the oak. All in all a good beer but I would prefer to drink the Original. DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
Poured a 12oz/355ml bottle into a small snifter. Reddish-brown hazy body with a nice light golden creamy head. Not much carbonation visible. The aroma is marvellous, with so much going on (citrus hops, caramel maltiness, some cherry and raisin notes, some vanilla oakiness)! The taste is very intense and complex. You get a strong hop bite (with a very juicy grapefruit profile), followed by some nice sweet caramel and vanilla maltiness. There is also some pepercorn-like spiciness. The finish is a bit dry, bitter and oaky at the same time.
pet22 (87) - Delano, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2013
Aroma is a little bit like an old old basement from the 20s where nothing has been moved for decades. Dark burnt red color with very little tan head. The taste came through with villa and solid oaknotes. Right now my favorite ale. Jjg226 (86) - Staten Island, New York, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours dark amber with thick eggshell head. Grapefruit and floral wafts from the glass. Pine and citrus dominate the flavor with a nice oaky finish. Smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation. It's like an IPA on steroids.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2007
from a BA trade with b0ldfacelies, 12oz. bottle poured into an Imperial Pint
A: Pours a bold, striking, vibrant reddish color featuring a huge, rocky off-white head. Like everything else about this beer, it makes a statement with its appearance.
S: Smells more like the best DIPAs on the planet, loads of fresh-baked cookie goodness, and a gorgeous roasted nutty quality makes this aroma a serious winner.
T/M: Again, bold is the word here. A blast of massively bitter grapefruit splashes your taste buds before giving way to the dark, roasted malt center. The grapefruit bitterness is joined by a long, aggressive piney finish. This beer doesn’t so much get drank as it does ASSAULT your taste buds. Perfectly balanced carbonation makes it easy to wrestle with large gulps of this monster at a time.
D: If this beer wasn’t so dang expensive, I’d buy it more often. It’s ridiculously fun to drink, if not outright drinkable.
Highly recommended! Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Dark brown with a decent sized, off-white head with great lacing. The aroma is of hops and dark fruits with notes of oak and berries. The flavor is fruity and hoppy with notes of oak and berries. Overall i’d say its a great, aggressive beer: not for beginners.