matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2003 Oh Hell yah, this is a Beer!! Seriously, I really hate arrogance, but I fell in love with this Arrogant Bastard! -- My first impressions: == This dark amber beer pours with a nice dirty foamy head. From my first sniff of this beer I smelled citrus, but mainly grapefruit & guava. The Arrogant palate is soft and silky, this is a perfectly hopped beer for my liking, but the malts are still pronounced in the aroma and taste. What a winner of a brew, I am so bitter that I can’t buy this in Florida! This is a beer that I would like to drink at least once a week if I could; leaving me so immensely jealous of those of you that have this beer distributed locally!
--Thanks to dberger624 for sending this brew down to me.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red with a big, creamy head. Hoppy and citrus aroma, with some maltiness. Big and malty with a bitter finish that fades slowly.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown color. Aroma is very malty with decents hops coming through.Head is impressive and yellowish. Taste is extremely smooth with a well balanced sweet hoppy taste that lingers in the mouth. A real solid ale.
TheBeerGod (5914) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany or cherrywood in color. Thinly veiled tan head covering the contents of the glass. Nose full of hops and citrus fruit with brown sugar and malt poking through. The taste can best be described as sweetened grapefruit with malt and a splash of sea salt in the background. Remarkably smooth finish considering this is somewhat of a bitter beer. Well done! Stone continues to impress me.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid deep brown chestnut in color, magnificent head of yellow cream thats tight, spongy froth about a half inch high and fades some to leave a solid ring and very sticky, super finely stitched lacing. Smell is deep roasted malts, some dark fruit of raisin and fig and a solid backing of earthy hops lending citrus and pine. Taste is rich, earthy, full of sweet dark roasted maltyness and solid earthy hops. One incredibly balanced "bastard" of on ale. Feel is full bodied creamyness, a bit buttery in front with a solid hop grab texture and excellent lingering piney bittered dryness into the finish. Everything about this beer states attitude and quality, hence its arrogance. I just love the bottle, the gargoyle is super cool, and the powerful, gutsy statement on the back is a true mark of a rebellious warrior in the war of brewing.
damjadi (4) - Kaiserslautern, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2003 does not count
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ugh! Aggressive malt and a hop that can't compete leave the tasting experience pretty mediocre. The AB hangover is a common experience if you have 2 or more. Worth a taste because of its unusual characteristic, but the Stone IPA and Double Bastard (and Ruination) are much better beers...
Loweeel (6) - USA - JUN 27, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite beer to date! I've found that it's flavor varies significantly with temperature. It should not be served as cold as lagers and as Americans are used to having beers served. At that temperature, it's is incredibly hoppy, perhaps overpoweringly so. Yet, as the beer warms, it sweetens in your mouth, filling your tongue with many flavors, both sweet and bitter at the same time. Its complex palate inspires you to drink more, just to figure out what those flavors are... A true tragedy that this beer is not widely available on the east coast!
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at school. It's strong flavored with a bitter aftertaste. It was defintely worth trying, although I probably won't be ordering it frequently.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
the name says it all. this is a unique ale with strong flavors. Everything seems exagerated but it does work nicley. Like thier glass said fizzy yellow beer is for wussies!
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all-time favorites. A staple in my beer/wine cellar. Nice hoppy nose with a pervasive sweetness. The deep, almost burgundy color screams excessive malt and its appearance matches its flavor profile: rich, sweet malt with aggressive hops. The high hop content compliments the powerful flavor of this beer resulting in an easy to drink beer that will sneak up on the unwary.