jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful red color with a nice light tan head. Mild hoppy aroma. Strong grapefruit hoppy flavor dominates from the beginning. Very bitter. Malt detectable underneath hops. Finishes bitter also.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Itís a prime example of an American Brown ale.
Malty, complex, hoppy, this beer has it all. Pours out a dark copper color, my guess is ~12 - 15 Lovibond. Plenty of head on
this brute, with malty aromas up front, and a hop backbone thatíll crush any competition. Excellent balance of hops & malts
here.Long lasting lace that made it to the bottom of the glass. No small feat there. Caramel aroma, with a touch of fruitness, but
finishes very dry. Not sweet at all, in my opinion. Nice finish as itís swallowed. If youíre worthy, buy yourself as much as you
can, while you can.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Gorgeous maroon-amber. Hop aroma was the best part. The alcohol was well hidden and the body is smooth, tasty and drinkable, with a superb malt backbone. Excellently crafted and perilously drinkable.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber w/ finger of tan foam. Fresh, floral, leafy citrus nose. Firm & full bodied. An aggressively bitter beer w/ an excellent malt background. Extremely well-balanced & eminently quaffable.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like the appearance. It pours a nice thick head, and has a good dark rich color to it. The aroma is nice, but you can tell going in that it's going to be a bitter ride. I think they tried too hard with the hops. There are other flavors there that are trying to get through to your taste buds, but can't because the bitterness is just too overpowering. They tried so hard to make it bitter that it cheapened the flavor of an otherwise excellent brew.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2003 Poured a beautiful dark amber color with a nice fluffy orangy-beige head. Piney, citrusy hoppy fragrance smells great. Very velvety feel, very smooth on the palate and tasting very bitter with almost an ESB type of bitterness to it that lingers for quite awhile. In fact it doesn't want to let go. A pleasant maltiness underneath, but obviously overpowered by bitterness. Name suits it well, arrogantly bitter. Bitter Bitter Bitter!
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 22 oz Draft My first experience (a long time ago, it seems) with the Stone Brewing Company, the striking packaging of this beer drew me in, and many bottles, pitchers, and glasses later its still just as strong, biting, and assertive. Excellent deep color, good head, wonderful depth of flavor, potent and hoppy. A fine beer from a remarkable brewery.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm sure what to think of this one yet. It's good but the flavor changes. So far, so good, however.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a real pretty head on it. Aroma has a bit of fruitiness to it, carmel and hops. A bit of a barley wine type fruitiness to this beer but then it is a big enough beer to be a barley wine. Hop bitterness is dominant but not overly so, carmel and roasted flavor are here as well. Big hops, big malt and a high alcohol punch this is just a big big beer. Call it beer concentrate
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very nice reddish amber color.Tall foamy head.sweet malty aroma,as well as a very nice sweet fruity aroma hard to describe the fruit but it has an almost bubble gum aroma,very nice,and a definate hop presence but not overly so just the right amount.The flavor is fantastic malty sweet with a mild punch of hops,with a strong taste of what i would say is grapefruit.kind of like an intense alcohol infused can of squirt.That leaves a citrus,hop after taste that is more then pleasant but fantastic.This is one smooth brew with everything i'm looking for flavor,hops and just a total all around drinkability that i haven't run into until now.The double bastard was good but i think the arrogant bastard slightly edges it out.the taste is there the alcohol is there and they are fused in a manner that makes it very harmonious.what a trade this is the best ASA hands down.