jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good if you want West Coast hops to kick you in the nuts. Which I did when I got it so it was very enjoyable. The hops are balanced by a very sweet malt backbone that is actually slightly too sticky-sweet but I guess it has to be to stand up to the hops.
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rich, assertive but nicely balanced West Coast ale with a quite complex aroma and flavor. Poured with a beige med-sized rocky head that's fairly long lasting; good lacing. Deep amber color with coppery red highlights. Slight chill haze typical of bottle conditioned beers; cleared as the beer warmed. Perfumy floral hop bouquet with underlying citrus-grapefruit notes. Sweet caramel malt nose with a myriad of fruity esters that I was a bit hard pressed to put my finger on; perhaps raisin and plum with a bit of pear? Noticeable alcohol aroma that became more evident as the glass warmed. Flavor starts with a rich malt sweetness and bold hop bitterness that follows through to the finish. Fruity esters emerge mid-palate with a subtle toasty note. Malt richness dries a bit towards the finish but the hop bitterness remains assertive. Palate has a velvety firmness enhanced by a soft carboantion. Very slight astringency in the aftertaste. For all its bold arrogance this brew actually mellows a bit (relatively speaking) as the glass warms making it a nice ale to enjoy at a leisurely pace.
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful deep copper appearance with a medium sized head. Floral hop aroma. Full bodied taste that is well balanced; once you think the hops dominate, then the soothing malt backbone kicks in. Finish is similiar; somewhat sweet, lots of bitterness. Very enjoyable.
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Bottle.
I am starting to suspect that Stone’s bottles do not travel well to the East coast all the time. This was my second disappointing experience with Stone.
Pours a deep reddish mahogany, with some slight beige/white mildly creamy head. Again, no sediment whatsoever. Aroma is sharp and smells overly bitter and citrusy.
Opens up with a muted malt taste. In the middle of the beer, all of a sudden there is a bitter twang of hops flavor. Earthy yet piney, like a musty pinecone lying in the dirt. The malt is most curious in that it is not terribly sweet, but more dry and salty. Texture is very similar to ruination ipa, velvety. Beer certainly dosent thin out and has a nice full body, but the flavors are strange to say the least. Slight astringency problems arise. Has a muted honey herb flavor as it finishes and there is still bittersweetness on the palette. I really wish I could try this on tap. I would imagine it to be much better. Definitely want to try again. Rerate. Bottle again. Opened up bitter, muddled and syrupy BUT as it warmed and breathed, I finally saw some goodness in this beer. Flavor of a double IPA comes out, moderate caramel malt, chewy, almost leafy-like texture, fuzzy, peppery. Big bitter flavor and too much acid on the finish, but the nice hop flavor is apparent.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
exellent brew with alot of malt and hops flavors. Not a standout,but very good, somewhat like dead guy ale, try one and enjoy!
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fun beer. Very heavy body/aroma/alcohol. Overdone, quite frankly, but that's what they were going for. I love the marketing pitch. A large beer with thick malty flavors and almost overpowering hops. It's not my favorite but I'm glad it exists.
fishonmyplane (350) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2003 Dark reddish-brown color. Medium foamy head. Strong aroma of hops and malts at the same time. The flavors are complex, but a bit hard to distinguish amidst all the hoppiness. Imagine a cross between a good porter or strong ale and a very strong IPA, that's what it reminds me of. There's a little malty sweetness, mostly caramel. The hop level is really a little ridiculous, but it's a very good beer... just not something I would get on a regular basis.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark red color with some brownish head. Very rich, complex aroma. Great flavor; roasted malt with some caramel. Very nice palate, with a great finsih and nice lace. Damn fine ale.
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich aroma, almost like a barleywine. Deep red in color with a small, tan head. Great lace. A bevy of flavor. An orgasm of the mouth! Some pine and molasses notes are evident. Roasted malt. A pleasure to drink. As the label says, I was not worthy the first time I drank this (frankly didn't like it). Now that my palate has grown up, there are few beers I would rather drink if given the choice.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2004 Arrogant Bastard is a fit name for this brew, and damn is it arrogant. Malty yet hoppy, wth caramel and nuts in the nose. This a brew that defines the stone brewing company as a leader in brewing.