jgb9348 (6581) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Pours a deep ruby tinted amber/copper colour with almost no head at all. Nice looking beer aside from the non-existant head. Aroma of strong hops, caramel, honey, pale malt oak and some cardboard thrown in the mix. Medium-bodied; Sharp pungent bitterness showing some hops but basically all bitter maltiness. One-dimensional with little else. No aftertaste at all to speak of, also. Some sweetness detected in the taste, but the aroma is much better than the taste, and that isn’t saying too much. Overall, not a good beer, and should be respected no more than any sub-par lager from sam adams. Just like the commercial description dictates: they set out to make a ’stronger’ mild, and unfortunately that doesn’t seem to work at all here. This one seems like a mix between a bock, a mild and an apa. When will people realise that these beers are not as good as other people tell them they are? I will be the first to admit that stone makes some good beers (IPA still top on my list and Imperial Stout definitely up there), but most of their beers are not good. Name is not a factor on my rating, i’m basing my score strictly on the beer itself, the bottle/label aside. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 12-November-2004. dmac (6573) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
22 oz bottle with a big thanks to richlikebeer for sharing this 5 year old retired gem. Poured with a murky light brown body and a small creamy beige head. Aroma had some serious oxidation notes creeping in but man did, they compliment this beer. Aroma of a finely aged barleywine, caramel, toffee, molassess and honey over some less obvious dark grains. Thinner body that still had lots of carbonation despite the age of this one. The flavor isslightly thinner then the aroma implies but notes of caramel, molassess, fleeting citrus and cardboard. Wow this one is holding up nicely even with 5+ years of age on it. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottled: Deep ruby brown hue with small but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of piney and fruity hops, caramlized malts, smoke, wood, light mocha and vanilla, and a pronouned spice on the end. The taste starts bitter and spicy with a dose of bourbon barrel. The midsection is mostly malty and has chocolate/vanilla tones. The finish displays more wood and spices as well as a nutty dryness. The feel is like that of a watered down barleywine, teases you for a moment but never really bites the palate. Lightly sticky and traces of alcohol warming. Missing that something on the tongue. A good beer which does show room for improvement with a moderate aging. I look forward still to trying this in a few months. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Bottle: Aroma is malty with a strong caramel presence. Definite roastiness. Lightly hoppy and the alcohol presence is noticeable as well. Pours a dark reddish-brown (very slight transparency) with a small tan head that diminished somewhat quickly. Strong caramel presence in the flavor. Slight chocolate is there but not a dominant flavor. Only slightly bitter finish with lots of roastiness. Alcohol isn’t noticeable whatsoeve at first, but as you drink flavors intensify including alcohol which just barely starts to peak thru as well as some coffee notes . Very well balanced. Slight caramel and roasty aftertaste. This is the 3rd American Strong Ale that I’ve had and I can’t say it resembles the other two (Avery 10 and Arrogant Bastard) all that much. Maybe a little like AB without the over the top hops, stronger coffee notes, and harsh aftertaste. Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2004
I was a bit leery of this one after reading the reviews and descriptions - it really didn’t sound like a style that I’d like. But whadduya know, it was really impressive. Really nice reddish brown with a sturdy tan head. Nice chestnut aroma, with hints of cinnamon and allspice. Really smooth palate, Nicely nutty, malty spicy flavor, with just enough hops to mitigate the sweetness and balance it out somewhat, and just a slight and unobtrusive alcohol burn. Very full bodied and satisfying.
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2005
Not at all what I was expecting. Bottled 22 oz. pours a dark amber in color with strong floral hints on the nose. Taste is a bit on the caramelly side with a nice bitter hoppy finish. I was very impressed with this offering. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2006
A brownish/amber pour with almost no head. An aroma of roasted malt is dominate. A flavor of sweet maltiness and a warmth that surprises me from the 7.8%. A pleasant bitter finish. When I opened it and poured it the aroma reminded me of a Barley wine but the look didn’t. I’ve had this beer before and had this one in the frige for a while. I don’t remember liking it this well. I wish I had another. I enjoyed it very much. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
This beer is best at room temperature. There is a very nice port aroma. Several flavors including oatmeal, coffee, and rice with soy sauce, with some alcohol taste. Cybercat (6334) - Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2017
Pours barely translucent chocolate brown with a nice beige head. Aroma offers roast malt, caramel and toffee tones. Flavor features roast malt, toffee and chocolate tones, rather delicious. Mouthfeel presents fair body and fair fizz. Happy any anniversary! thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2005
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated transparent caramel brown colored body and a fair lacing. Its vinous caramel mild brown malt aroma complimented its vinous tingly mouth feel that soon faded into its finish. The flavor contained notes of vinous malty brown malts mixed in with a few yummy toasted roasted notes.