JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice copper color with a modest light tan head that clings to the side of the glass as you partake. Orange citrus aroma with a hint of malt. Sharp, somewhat citric, with a touch floral hops bite starts and carries throughout the quaff. After that the malt comes to play and play it does. Smooth caramel, toffee, mocha, and a bit doughy - just outstanding. So few brewers understand the true importance of quality malts and hops. Slightly warming towards the finish. This is one of the few "heavyweight" brews that could be my everyday choice. Unfortunately, I have to send away to get this one on my porch step. Thanks Mr. AB for producing this quality quaff.
Dauber810 (20) - USA - DEC 30, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Money. This beer has excellent malting, with a nice bit of bitterness. Just excellent flavor. Starts off a bitter and and finishes smooth. One of the best ales Iíve ever had. Nobody is worthy.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 BAM! Bitter hops that make your writhe in pain are the first impression that you get while drinking this. This is one mean beer. It's rich red in color with a thick fluffy head. The hops are so hard that they hurt. As a warning - do NOT drink this after another beer. Make sure that your pallette is clean. This is liquid bread. If you like hopped-up American ales, then this is for you. This is king. If you prefer maltier, smoother tastes, then you will probably hate this. Despite the hard-hitting initial taste, it finishes off with a fair fruity/malty taste. Definately not for the weak.
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark amber with nice head upon pour. VERY nice flowery aroma from the hops. Verry bitter in the first sip. Leaving the classic sting on the sides of your tongue (as good strong ales do). The more you sip it mellows out in one of the most balanced ales Iíve tasted. First a sting of bitter then a plesant sweet and fruity taste finishing off with with that long lasting after taste I love about ales. I definately rate this as one of the best beers Iíve tasted. You will be amazed for shure for an American Ale.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer has a strong aroma with notes of alcohol mixed in with a hoppy nose. Beautiful dark red color with a malty body to match. This beer attacks your tongue, momentarily twisting it in directions that it is not normally prone to go. What a bastard! This beerís flavor lasts, a hefty one it is. Always good, never matched!
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great looker. Rich red, nice head. Maltier, nuttier nose than I expected. Somehow, itís coming off a bit less arrogant and much more sopisticated than expected. Probably my favorite of the Stone big ales so far.
Holdwine (1114) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sell my clothes, Iím going to heaven. This pleasurable drinking experience starts with a nice dark cherrywood color, strong citrus and candy aroma. A nice head from start to finish (then again, I did drink it rather quickly). Your first sip renews your faith in using the alcohol to enhance the hoppiness instead of cloud it. Then, bring on the caramel malt and life is pretty close to perfect. Nice lingering finish. Now, if only it was more widely available.
eRenner (11) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This notably strongly hopped American is exactly what one likes (as I do!) for the non weak at heart. The complexity of flavor to include grapefruit, caramel, freshly cracked malts, and dark fruits are exquisitely combined to produce this product. I have enjoyed this several times at local pubs, or in the peaceful setting of my home and every time this beverage shines through. Relatively thick head, excellent palate, and an appropriate color are to be found. It is consistent and only can be beaten by itís bigger brother, Double Bastard!
Motomille99 (7) - Salt Lake, Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, how would I put this... The beerís name is perfect. Itís an Arrogant Ale allright. The pour was nice. The head was beautifully thick. The color, a dark cherry was suprisingly murky, not as clear as I hoped. Dark but not clear up to the light. The first sip took me by suprise. It was strong, rough and bitter. Not my favorite. But after the first sip or two the mellow under tones smoothened it out. I should have continued to simply drink this strong ale alone but I had it with dinner. BIG MISTAKE. I ate it with chicken and vegatables and it was almost undrinkable. It made the food seem too sweet and the food made it seem too bitter. Too bitter you say? Is that possible? YES. I would say keep this beer away from food. It was hard to finish the rest of the beautifuly illustrated bottle with my dinner. Too bad. I love beer with my food.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/08/02: Gorgeous mahogany color (reminded me of the lobby of Portlandís old Benson Hotel) accompanied by thick, rocky head with copious lace...Marvelous! Aroma is medicinal sweet--a little like some of my stronger homebrews...Hops hit in two...make that three waves: once at first sip, then a second that slides under the tongue and along the sides of the mouth, and a third which dominates the back of the palate in the finish. Warm, moderately sweet malt rides shotgun through all phases of the journey...This brew has (predictably) rough edges to it--(itís supposed to, of course!)--but the robustness and complexity of the flavors makes this a rare treat indeed. Re-Rate 11/01/02: On draught...Same wonderful appearance...aroma seemed lighter than bottled version, but hops and brandy-like qualities came through nicely...the bitter qualities of this brew were also more in play this time, which to my palate wasnít quite as balanced as my last visit with this, but again, the differences are so subtle that my ratings are not altered...Terrifically brutal!