csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Figured it was time to drink after holding for half a year (if not more). Itís late at night, I drank some cheap wine and had a smoke, but I feel confident to make a good rating. 22oz bottle, 2004 release. I think ClarkVV sent this too me in the "stone" trade where I got 6-7 of their beers. Poured into my NB worthy glass a shade over 52į. I can smell the malt already. The color is reddish orange, almost a light brown. The head is never impressive and dies down to nothing but a few bubbles quickly. when swirled, the beer just coat the glass. The smell is like a big íol west coast barleywine, a la SN Bigfoot. The aromas are of malt, caramel, biscuts, raisins, turbino sugar, and some spice. Really nice nose. The initial taste is huge, slighty sweet caramel with some hops begging to get in, when the hops invade, they put up an epic fight with the malt. This is a Stone beer and the hops win, but the malt put up a valiant fight. The hops are floral and spicy and a bit abrasive. There is a lingering bitterness. I am not sure, but the age might have helped this beer, was it formally a DIPA? The finish is the hops and some alcohol burn, it is not bad, but I fear what will happen when this beer gets another 10į warmer...This is a big, agressive beer and I can imagine many people hating it and many people loving it, I am not in either of those camps. It is a good beer, but maybe a touch hot and abrasive without the payout another hot beer, Rochefort 10 is giving me.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown in the glass with 1 minute head. Although I can tell that this ale is complex and Stone are great brewers, it aint my thing. It does deserve good ratings due to its nature however, but it wont get good ratings from my taste bud preferences. The commercial deScription is great marketing. Lots of strength in the nose and taste. Alchohol in both. Pine, malt, hint of raisin, bitter fruits and hops. I didnít like the alchohol burn combined with these flavors, but I can think of several people who would LOVE it.
alobar (3358) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Truly "Liquid Arrogance." Chocolately color with a creamy head. Caramel, chocolate, and pine aroma. Taste of caramel, pine hops, and spices. A wonderful combination. This is the first beer Iíve ever drank that sent me to the dictionary.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of a bottle. Aroma of caramel, raisin and some piney hints. Poured a darker amber with a nice off white head. Taste was very enjoyable, caramel and cherry, spice and hops combined quite well. Palate was nice and warm and inviting. Once again Stone is solid as a rock when it comes to making libations.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
much thanks to my former apprentice, firemoose15, for bringing this one over, plus giving me another one for my own enjoyment. poured a deep amber with a thick creamy off white head that retained itself for the duration of the glass. sweet caramel and maple syrup components to the aroma, along with some pine and raisins. sweet caramel flavors, cherry and maple, along with pine hops and spices. smooth combination of the flavors and a slight warming sensation from the abv leads me to ask the question...does Stone make a bad beer?
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep reddish brown, well retained beige head. aroma of mixed dried fruit, cakedy malt, cherries and rediny hops. big and bold full mouthfeel. flavour starts sweet and tangy but quickly moves boozy and piney with lots of bitterness. very.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber-red with decent head, that doesnt last long. Strong fruity aroma mixed with toffee hints and hops, with alcohol all the way thru. Good buzz off one bottle. Not quite as enjoyable as Arrogant Bastard. I found the fruitiness & alcohol a bit too much for my taste, but a very exceptional beer, nonetheless.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. pours a beautiful darker red color with a nice one finger off white creamy head. aroma is sweet and very malty i can almost smell the alcohol. taste is very sweet and almost syrupy. there is a lot going on in this. grapefruit caramel toffee. very sweet almost too sweet. the mouth feel is nice smooth and creamy with a nice bitter end. a very good beer but i cant see drinking more than one of these in a night.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
04 Bottle - old notes. Ruddy brown color, and huge sweet and fruity malty aroma with agressive citrusy hops. Even more assertive in flavor, big malty with sweet fruits like apples and grapefruits and a bit of alcohol burn. This one is really good.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into Aventinus glass. Purchased somewhere in Toledo. Um, over rated. Maybe the most over rated beer Iíve ever had. Thatís not saying itís the worst, or the most disappointing, but Top 50? Every Top 50 beer Iíve had I could understand how it got there, even if my particular opinion was different from the norm, but not with this one. Glowing yellow brown in the glass, with a yellow egg cream foam head thatís thick and forms a semi-solid film on top that is kind of impressive and at the same time almost gross. Smells like bananas floating in heavy cream with touches of brown sugar. Good to great racing is perhaps too quick to reach the top to be amazing. The lacing is a thin glittering film that was for some reason unappealing. The flavor and mouthfeel are harsh at first, and by that I donít mean strong necessarily, because strong can be smooth or intense and enjoyable. This was like nettles. Brashly but uninterestingly hoppy and uninspiringly malty, the unimpressive characteristics were, I guess, well-balanced. Some flabby sweetness countered the bitterness nicely. Black pepper in the beginning of the finish. End of the finish was meally with a bit of alcohol astringency. Body was medium to full overall and creamy sometines, which I guess was the best part about the beer. If there were one beer in my experience that I would say tasted like the essence of a bastard liquefied, it would be this one; and thatís a pretty half-assed compliment.