Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2004 Stone Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard - Cask @ Real Ale Fest
Oh my grannies bustle, this was my second most favorite at the Real Ale Fest, just a tad behind the Russian River OVL Stout, in fact I had several samplers of this to be sure I was able to judge its character lol.
A somewhat hazy brown, the head a tan crown that was creamy in texture, the lace a thick coating upon the glass, with the nose sweet with the aroma of malt and Oak, hints of alcohol and bubble gum, yummy is a good description. Start was ambrosial, thick with malt, the top moderate to full in its feel. Finish was moderate in it’s a acidity, the hops delightful, quite dry and a bit of a tummy warmer, one damn fine beer in this old dawg’s book.
Re-Rate 01/16/02: Been a while sence I had this bad boy, and it is a beer that 99.9% of the beer drinkers will not like? But I believe if you 'Can't Run With The Big Dogs, Stay On The Porch'. Pours a deep dark ruby brown, large beige head and lots of lace. Nose is malt, some what toasted, hints of hops, the start is malt, the middle full, robust, the finish is hop bitter and dry. Very hearty, a 'Beer Lovers' beer, not meant for the Palate Challenged Lite Beer Drinkers'.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Bottle. If you’re a hophead, this is the one. It’s not over the top as some beers can be and tries to find some balance with the malt, but its the hops that’ll keep you coming back. This is one of a few beers I miss while living in the UK.
Rich dark reddish brown/amber color with a big off-white head. Rich flavor and body. Caramel backing. Grapefruit and tar
omhper (19327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2003 Re-rate bottled.
Known in the Middle-East as Bush Beer this is a soft little mild and unassuming beer...
No. Let's be serious. Reddish ruby in colour with fine, firm head. Aggresive citrusy aroma. Short blast of reasonably soft, clean firm maltiness. Very bitter finish, and (ha!) there is this celery salt flavour.
OK, you win...
This IS a good beer. Much better than I first thought (and thanks for the beer).
Nut brown. Dry, big weird celery aroma, very bitter. A love/hate beer. Must probably taste it again to decide which it is for me, but that is easier said than done on this side of The Pond... 5/4/4/3/8
MainerInExile (41) - Bangor, Maine, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arrogant indeed. This brew is arrogant before you even open the bottle. A nice toasted malt flavor yields quickly to an aggressive hop finish. That word seems to get used a lot with this one, and it’s the right choice. Very enjoyable for those who are ’Worthy.’
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very aggressive taste.
If you like hoppy flavor, you’ll love this one.
MrRain00 (37) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2001
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Despite the label, I wasn’t ready for the taste. It’s really quite good once you’ve grown accustomed to the aggressive flavour. I really enjoyed this beer, even if my wife said it was the worst piss she’d ever had!
HammerheadPDX99 (6) - USA - DEC 24, 2001 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excelent Hoppy flavor and a cool bottle. Good beer. In my top 10 list!!!
Brewmaster (168) - USA - DEC 22, 2001
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another excellent beer from stone!
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2010 12/22/01: A complex but possibly overdone and overrated beer. I enjoyed it but found the burnt malt flavor and lack of balance in the finish (a lot of alcohol flavor in only a moderately strong ale) to be a little displeasing. To its credit, a complex hop presence and an interesting malt flavor, and it did get better as it warmed. Well above average but not world class. 3.8.
9/23/10: Nearly a decade later, my palate has gained wisdom. I was correct that this brew is very aggressive, but wrong about its balance on the palate, which nears perfection. Burnt caramel malt dominates above dark berry fruit and banana, with hints of grassy barnyard adding complexity. The long finish is wonderfully hoppy and creamy, and mingles beautifully with the dark malt body...anything but overdone.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would love to taste this beer without the hops, just out of curiosity. They seem so, well, harsh and distracting, from what is probably a nice blend of dark goodies. I’ll say one thing, though, this beer has one hell of a silky mouthfeel, creamy even. I suppose the extra attitude of the hops is the point they’re making, a kind of rebellious war cry lest the warm dark heart of this brew lull you. Anyway, thanks, Michael, for the gift!