kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I can't freakin believe I've not rated this one yet! Anyway...Coppery brown w/a lasting beige head. Assertive piney and grapefruit hop aromas that get stronger as it warms. Light caramel presence and a hint of roastiness. Seems to be very little fruitiness. Hoppy grapefruit citrus very well balanced by a caramel and roast presence. Fruitiness seems to be from the hops only, but there is a light fruitiness present with a very, very light banana ester. Aftertaste is hops...go figure... and has a dry finish. Fuller medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very smooth m/f. I'm not an Am. IPA fan, but this is very well made and drinkable in quantity which is a nice change from my normally malt driven palate.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Pours brown/red color with medium offwhite head. The aroma is great- berries on top of carmel malt, smells delicious. The taste is great- the malt really stands out, the bitterness really stands out, the alcohol really stands out... but yet there is still a decent balance to this beer... complex and sophisticated. This beer is over the top. Very strong alcohol content, strong hop flavor, potent malt. I love it.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A redish brown color with little head. Aroma is a balance of malt and hops, and the hop aroma is a nice clean smell. There was a bitterness, but it was by no means overpowering. The hops seem to balance well with the presence of a carmel malt that smooths out and makes a slight sweetness more noticable as the beer warms up.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Somewhere between ruby red and earth brown with no head. It has a sweet, malty nose with a hop presence in the background. Full on the palate with a malty sweetness in the middle that gives way to a nice hop sizzle on the end. There is a slight caramel presence as well. The first touch on the tongue of each sip is very bitter and alcohol-laden, but the sweetness of the middle balances this out nicely. Different flavors jump to the forefront and background as the beer warms up. Excellent offering.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 Re-Rate
Much, much better this time, possible skunked bottle, but is that possible with Stone? Almost seemed chewy with a very nice presence of Hops! Had with a wedge of Jarlsberg.
Original Rating 1/25/04 I really did not care for this beer, maybe I was expecting too much? It was just too strong for me. I guess I should have red the back label eh? Maybe I will be a big fan eventually, but not on this day, I'll stick to my non-strong ale's.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice brown color with aromas of caramel and toffee, which also form the majority of the flavor. Make no mistake, it's quite bitter, but comes off fairly well.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 on tap: alright alright...everyone get over this beer already, deep carmel brown color with a airy head that disipated, nice hop character....with some alcohol taste. its a good beer but not a great beer. ive tasted better pale ale-strong ale types in my time. but since everyone thinks the name is real cool we’ll all drink it whenever we can. everyone just relax with the ’stone’ thowing!
dhickethier (1) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first there didn't appear to be an aroma, but it picked up as I took a few drinks and noticed a slightly spicey aroma. The rich redish color hinted of the full body taste to come. The flavor was strong with hops and caramel and maybe a hint of spice. The taste held well and since I like beer with a distinctive flavor that is not too bitter, I really enjoyed this one.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2004 Had this at a beer tasting. Stone doesn't sell in Illinois (arrogant bastards!) but someone brought a bottle. Not enough to make an in depth assessment but from the two ounces I had it was a treat. Ruby red with tan head. Scent of caramel and raisins and a rich, fruity flavor. Wish I had more to taste.
March 31, 2004: Had this as part of an intense tasting with family. Tasted Stone Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA, Smoked Porter, Imperial Stout, and finished off with 3Floyds Dark Lord. Arrogant Bastard was an awesome start. All I said above holds and more so as I had ample amount to taste. This is excellent, from the bottle blurb through the pouring and the aroma and the flavor. Awesome.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper body with a thin light brown head, dark and taunting. Aroma contains a truckload of bold hops, one of those beers that smell thick, probably due to abundant crystal malt? Light citrus character and a suggestion at leather. Taste is very crystal malty with a weird hop profile leading to a untypical dry finish (chalky, dusty, ashes and slightly smokey). Very bitter aftertaste. Body is typical Stone, very full, thick, almost syrupy. Not my favorite Stone, but I gotta recognize the attitude.