Capital Ale House, Glen Allen, VA
My first Stone review: Strong aroma of hops and dark fruit (some grapefruit?). Flavor was heavily hopped with some fruit and a creamy mouthfeel. A little alcohol was present in the aftertaste, but hops prevailed. Good beer, but I couldn't drink more than one or two of these in one sitting.
Happy Birthday,Gen.Robert E.Lee!
I am celebrating General Lee's birthday in style with this excellent ale.It is a Big beer for sure with hops a-plenty and bitterly good.
Antonio's Pizza -- Wilkes-Barre, PA
Pours a nice reddish tint with a white head and lacing. Smells of terrific Stone hops. The taste first hits you like classic Stone -- full-on hops -- but later follows with a sweet, tender maltiness. Some hops come back for a second go-round in the aftertaste, followed by some alcohol burn. This one has it all, and then some! Going down fast - afraid of how the morning will start!
Portland, Oregon - Belmont Station
Wow.. Surpisingly drinkable. Very hoppy, but you can really put these away.. That is all I am capable of saying at this moment.
Had the 2006 release on tap the other night. Very tasty. The high gravity sweetness seems to be the dominant taste, even drowning out the hops. Then again, this was aged for a bit and the bitterness has had time to mellow. Very drinkable.
Has that Stone kick in the teeth first sip, then it really mellows out on your palate, then it kicks it back up in the aftertaste department. Perhaps the most bitter beer I have ever tasted...almost to the point where it is undrinkable. Very Stone Brewery like; its goal seems to be to shock. Not something I would buy every day at $6.99 for a 22oz. The first few sips were intriguing, but finishing it just became a chore.