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RATINGS: 4062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
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!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daddyvx1 (2) - vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004 does not count
THIS BEER IS EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD! IíM 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!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2004
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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 8, 2004
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?:)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2004
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 Stoneís IPA, though not as "clean". Also, it wasnít as "aggressive" as the hype prepared me for. Perhaps Iím already becoming desensitized...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
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 isnít even present.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 This is one of the first beers that I tried when I turned 21. A truly excellent beer. Pours out dark and with a healthy head, depending on your pour style. Has definite hints of citrus, coffee, alcohol, and a whole bunch of other delicious things. It packs a nice punch that a lot of other beers just lack. The overall flavor is bitter and slightly sour with a very refreshing sweet aftertaste. The marketing on this beer is as aggressive as itís flavor. A great beer.


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