Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Ruby red with medium size white head that gives way to good lacing. Floral aroma with alcohol present. Hop flavor with some sweet grapes and alchohol burn. Great coating mouthfeel. Very enjoyable beer.
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby red color with a foamy head that leaves some great lacing down the glass. A rather hoppy aroma(floral and grapefruit) with a lot of sweetness as well, almost sugar like. Ther was some alcohol as it warms. A huge kick of bitter hops in the taste. But a sweet, almost too sweet, malt backbone keeps this from becoming too one dimentional. it is still very extreme. Thick syrupy mouthfeel, clingy all the way down.
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours beautiful ruby brown, smallish off-white head, lacing that oils the sides of the glass. Nose is complicated. Initially I got creamy caramel and earthy malts. This gives way to a smoky, slightly aged whisky barrel note. The flavor is astounding. Oily, buttery malt fights with grapefruit hops, balanced yet still bitter, neutron star gravity. Mouthfeel is oily with alcohol and ester rushing. Aftertaste lingers and sends you back for more. Therefore...
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Bought and drank the 3 liter version of this beer with a friend and had a really great evening. Very strong but goes down very easy. Lots of malt character but not as sweet, thankfully, as I thought it might be. Good hops presence to make for an extraordinarily well-balanced-for-having-a-high-alcohol-content beer. The alcohol is very prominient, however, but mellows with age.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this was highly anticipated have been most stone brews i have sampled and, while this was still good, it was a little less than expected. this is a very big beer. nice ruby colors. the aroma is of candy. full bodied. lots of stuff going on, and actually some of it clashed on my palate. became alcoholic tasting as it warmed. solid brew, great packaging, better than single bastard i would say,although differentm, but not really that great a benchmark for american strong category.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Must say I was slightly disappointed. Deep mahogany pour with red highlights. Nose was quite complex, like a barleywine crossed with Celebrator. Cooked vegetables, candied yams, molasses. Taste was much the same, with a big hop character in the middle and a Dry bitter finish. Okay, but overrated?
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
well worth the kudos. It is a great beer. The aroma is sweet and faint. Thin head, but still a great pour. Dark amber and cloudd in appearance. The taste is the amazing part, though. It is four flavors attacking you at the same time. Ends with the best bitter taste I’ve experienced. Great beer!!!
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! what a nice big delicious beer! This one is similar to Arrogant Bastard in many ways. It’s nice and dark, the colors are similar and the flavors share a lot of the same characteristics, but this one actually seems a tad bit mellower to me (had it in 2004) Very good brew, I wish it was avail year-round.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Red-brown colour with a big baige head. Sweet fruity raisin aroma and a light sweet bitter taste, some hops. Medium to full body and a bitter light warming alcoholic finish. More please !!!
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar Temp. Aroma is cinnamon and cherries. Thick full, complex flavor. Big punch of alcohol swampl;s everthing in the finish, but no burn. Nice.