rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown body with very low carbonation and a thin head that is gone is a matter of seconds. Lace is also quite minimal, and the beer has very still appearance in general. Aroma is on the sweetish side with flowery hops and malts that smell like honey. I can also detect a fair bit of grain on the nose with hints on vanilla and oak. Malt profile is very Scottish with sweet caramel, plum, cherry, vanilla, and a bit of smoked grain. Hops are quite detectable, and become more pronounced as the beer warms some. The hops add some dryness to the aftertaste due to their spicy, woody character, but they are not really bitter. As the beer gets warmer still, the malts that had been subdued by the hops make a big comeback with very fruity esters. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a nicely warming alcohol content. A sipping beer to wind down a stressful day at work, as the experience is totally relaxing and mellow.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 Cool looking mohogany color with a light beige head. Strong roasted malt nose with something sweet (molasses?) Kind of sweet/tart taste. Loads of refreshing lemony hops with a great balance of sweet, sweet maltiness. Good stuff!
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 An unbalanced version to its brother the DBA. Great flavors but not as balanced as other stone beer. That being said this is definitly a top notch beer, another great Stone offering
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy mahogany with a thin off white head.
The aroma is citric hops, grapefruit, and dried fruits, dates and raisins.
Taste is big with slick piney hops, citrus fruit also some sweet caramel malt.
Moutfeel is full and heavy but perfect for the style.
Despite being apparently different styles, the entire time I drank this I was comparing it to Alpha King. Three Floyds and Stone I see as two premiere microbreweries in high demand. AB and AK are the two flagship brews so I subconciously was measuring the two against each other. While I really enjoyed this and would definitely buy it again, AK is better IMO.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color. Hops are front and center in the nose, and let me know what I'm about to put in my mouth is going to be rather bitter! Sure enough, the nose knew. After a full body of carmel flavors with a touch of smoke, the hops jump all over you. Though quite intense, The hops truly save this from being way too malty for my taste.
Beaver (1311) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Arrogant Bastard pours a deep copper-red with a creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
It's aroma is strong hops with some citrus notes.
The taste is not nearly as bold as I was expecting. I'm not normally a hop-head, but this is hops well done. Some sweetness and citrus up front, but the hops really dominate the flavor. The citrus, grapefruity twang really helps to balance the bitterness and keep it in line. It packs a bitter aftertaste, but not overwhelmingly so.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and pleasantly bubbly.
Overall, a very smooth drinking beer. I could easily see this as a session beer if not for the wallop of the 7.2% alcohol, which is not noticeable as you drink it.
Mephistefales (47) - USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This interesting brew finishes much better than it starts. At 7.2% it is fairly potent. At first the maltiness whacked me over the head, but as I finished it, the flavor seemed more balanced. Overall, I was much happier with it near the end than the beginning.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 200th rating!!! Bottled, and poured a clear brown with a fluffy tan head. This one had a very malty front and a very hoppy back. The aftertaste was a little too astringent for my liking, but this beer was a treat to try, seeing as how I live in a state where this one is illegal.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red appeareance with aggresive malts off the bat. Begins like an IPA , but finishes like a nice porter. A little tooo malty for me, but very nice.
joker3119 (2) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The back of the bottle saays it all... It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth