bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
poured dark brownish, aroma was somewhat roasty/matly, hints of coffee & a bit of sweetness. flavor was interesting... matly/oats, bittersweet, some hops, kinda woody? it was good, but not great. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Pours clean brown with amber edges and a full tan head. It’s aroma is nice and fairly complex containing roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. The taste is a bit unready, slightly sour, and muted. There is a mild bitterness in the background, but it seems to be not fully matured yet and lacks the Stone personality that I would expect. Smells great but the taste isn’t quite ready yet. I’ll wait several months and try again with an aged bottle.
9/5/05 year old bottle Sat in a 50 degree fridge for a year. Full creamy head that sits on the glass throughout the entire session. Strong roasted toasty malt aromas. Very clean at this point. Tangy malts, full body, gristy malt feel and some great roasted and toasted malt flavors. Tastes nice after a year. Score goes up (previously 8-4-6-3-13) elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Bottle. Nice ruby brown pour, smallish head, sweet roasty aroma. Flavor contains sweet caramel toast, a woody tinge and a hops kick, mouthfeel is light syrupy. Overall result is an interesting flavor packed brew with a good balance of bitterness, if just a bit musty. Enjoyable, would have again but given the choice between this and Arrogant the Bastard would win. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Medium brown color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, caramel, nutty, brown sugar and molasses. A medium bodied ale. Malts are nutty, carmely and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and herbal. Nicely balanced. A ramped up, hoppy mild/brown ale. Has a very nice nutty, oaky finish. Etched bottle as usual, and who else but Stone would use a word like floccinauccinilinilification on the label? Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2004
this is an O_K Stone brew, not quite up to there standards of brewing, they make wonderful beer, I figured this would be a little better than what I’m tasting, but not bad, decent brown.
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Cola color. Detected some malt flavors, and perhaps some roasted oats. Didn’t notice that much hops, or at least a great presence of them. Reminded me of a vanilla porter mostly. This didn’t really make much of an impression either way. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Dark brown with hints of ruby and a thin, mostly diminishing off white head. Aroma is roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Flavor starts rich and malty followed by a light burnt caramel flavor and a light stout like hop bite. Finishes malty with a hint of alcohol. Very nice. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2004
on cask at stones 8th ann. beer festival:
in my opinion these high rates are way off. im a huge fan of stone... but this is the worst beer ive tasted from them. i waited in a line that was about as far as the 50 yd line and took about 30 min just to get 8 oz of this stuff. they were pouring on cask through a sprinkler. very little carbonation present with a brown haze look to the beer. nose was staight up malt and sweet. flavors followed the nose, couldnt detect much hop flavor at all and some slight alcohol feel to the beer but not bad. mostly sweet crystal malt mixture almost an unfermented taste. dead on the palate with little body. ive had several british cask beers and this one probably was much better as just the mild??? but still thin and uninteresting. a huge disapointment. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Had fresh from the cask at the Stone open house. It was amazing! Coffee, toffee, woodsmoke, and the trademarked Stone hop bite at the end. I’m grabbing a case of this stuff. davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Poured a dark brown, with a light creamy head. Aroma is malty/yeasty, while flavor is bitter with a chocolate, caramel taste. I wasn’t too crazy on this brew, but it is still good.