iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmm ... I’m a little stuck at how to describe this srtong ale. A very heavy dark thick body with the tones of the alcohol quite apparent, complex array of flavorings ranging from cramel, coffee to peat, starts with traces of malty sweetness and finishes big and bitter. Very interesting - definitely for slow sipping. Proceed with caution.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 22 oz. bottle. Ruby amber in color with a medium off-white nose. Really a beautiful color....you can barely see through it. Strong aroma of sweet malts, hops, and fruit...perhaps cranberries? Well-balanced between the malts and the hops. Definitely tastes spicy, sort of like a winter brew, with strong notes of coffee. Heavy mouthfeel. Very bitter, but a little sweet too. Definitely a very complex ale, and one I will try again. Stone never fails to impress me.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber Coloring. No Head. Like the Ruination, Starts off Very Hopy on The Nose and Palate. Some Spice in This one As Well. More in The Glass Then I was Able to Pull Out. Would Be Worth Trying Again. But Very Good Overall!
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting tasting beer. Hoppy. Sour taste. Not as good as I hoped it would be. Bla, after a while, the aftertaste gets really bad and annoying! I can't even drink it all.
badgerben (4821) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Original Rating, September 13, 2004: (Thank you SDbruboy for getting me the Cali brews!) Pours a dark amber or brown color with a medium head. Very hoppy and spicy aroma. The taste has a lot going on: malt, hops, fruit, alcohol, maybe a touch of leather. Weird. I need to snag myself another bottle of this. It was good, but I need another sample. 7/4/8/3/16 Re-rating, August 18, 2008: Deep , dark red color with a medium head. Extremely piney aroma. Strong pine bitterness in the taste. Caramel malts and a little roast. Alcohol is hidden. Still good, but definitely not as awe-inspiring as when I was first trying good beers.
daddyvx1 (2) - vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THIS BEER IS EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD! I’M NOT SURE I CAN DESCRIBE IT, BUT I REALLY, REALLY LIKE IT. IT IS A VERY BOLD FLAVORED BEER THAT IS A PLEASURE TO CONSUME! THIS BEER IS AS GOOD AS THEY GET!
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours deep dark brown; held up to the light it presents itself as dark, opaque amber. Develops a rich, bubbly head that swirls as if it were the portal to whatever hell the label character has come from. The head itself is a yeasty bread colored cloud of bubbles that lasts acceptably long and leaves a lot of intricate lacing behind. Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of yeast, alcohol, sweet fruits, hops, maple, and cherries. Port like characteristics and notes of apricot brandy fill the nose of this fragrant ale. Just before tasting I noticed a spiral of yeasty foam in the center of the glass; it looks like our galaxy, or maybe a hurricane. Whatever else it may look like one thing is for sure, it looks inviting! Flavor? Okay, this is a bitter beer; the aroma is deceptive because the smell and taste of this beer are two very different things. While sweet malt dominates the aroma hops and alcohol dominate the palate. Flavors of grapefruit, vodka, pepper, tobacco, and HOPS!!!, stand out in violent opposition to the sweet aroma. It only takes a moment to get used to the bitterness at which time you realize how perfectly the aroma and flavor compliment one another. The alcohol hits you with a giant sucker punch about 1/2 way through the glass and then all is truly good. As the beer warms the flavor profile changes and more subtle malt flavors begin to emerge. This is cigar beer 100%. Some piano jazz, a fine maduro cigar, a box of dark chocolates, and a few bottles of Arrogant Bastard sounds like the perfect evening to me. Overall, after drinking this beer I am left with an intense urge to try a bottle of Double Bastard very, very soon. This beer is, in one word, outstanding!
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
My parents snagged this for me at premier gourmet. This was a great beer. Poured a somewhat hazy reddish brown colour with almost no head. The aroma is mostly white grapefruit while the taste is more balanced. Great citrus hop flavours with a decent malt backbone. Any bets on the LCBO importing this?:)
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours medium brown or copper, cloudy with a decent head. Aroma is fairly strong and somewhat hoppy, though not truly distinguishable. Initial taste is somewhat bitter with definite hop flavor, but still maintains a good balance with malt. Body is fairly full with good carbonation. For the more refined beer drinker, this tastes like it could be a good regular anytime beer. Overall, the taste is somewhat similar to Stone’s IPA, though not as "clean". Also, it wasn’t as "aggressive" as the hype prepared me for. Perhaps I’m already becoming desensitized...
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coppery brew has the cloudy appearance that i love.Deep aroma of fruit and some hops.Almost a caramel apple aroma,found myself wanting to take a bite.Flavor is big and rich.Full in body with a blend of dried dates and caramel.Alcohol isn’t even present.