DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper color, like a dirty penny. Not much head, not alot in the way of lace. Aroma is funky, sweet molasses and caramel. Fruity.
Lots of hops in the flavor, big stong malt backbone underneath. Flavor notes are hop oils, toasted wheat bread, and something smoky. Very full flavored, rich full mouthfeel, this one rides along like a barley wine, nothing less. Not a strong old ale as listed. This is a barley wine, one which could use a few years in the cellar in my opinion.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big tan head, dark brown. Complex aroma, a little of everything, roasted malts, citrus alcohol. Big hops but balanced with a bigger dark malt flavore. Not a sweet beer but a big, big beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hophead delight! This is a wonderfully huge balance of malt and hops. It is not as syrupy as a barley wine and the hops are delicious. I had one shortly after the 2003 release and then one last week. The hops had calmed down in my second tasting. If you are a hop lover, don't wait with these- they are fresh and fragrant out of the gate. Very classy.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Deep mahogany colour, tight creamy head leaving a elegant sheet of lace. Aroma is caramel, floral hops. Flavour is intense hoppyness remarkably well balanced by aggressive malting. Finish is dry and a bit malty. This is a big and aggressive beer definitely designed to separate the men from the boys.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Dark mahogany amber colour with a medium lasting tan head that is frothy. The nose is sweet grapefuit nose strong and crisp. The taste at first there is a sweet suggary feel then before you realize the sweetness a crisp sharp and sexy hops cut through. Then BAM again more suggary sweet. THe taste keeps going back and back again and again. IT then finishes with a bitter acidic hops. Over all= phan-frickin-tastic
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big strong citrusy hop aroma with caramel, sweet thick malt aroma. A touch of alcohol also noticeable. Dense tan head that recedes slowly and coats the sides of the glass very nicely. Roasted malts hit first followed by a quick hit of sweet caramel and then the big hop flavour. Plenty of supporting maltiness and huge bitterness. Alcohol comes to the fore toward the finish before being subsumed with hop flavour and bitterness. Long after you've finished drinking you'll still taste the lingering hops. Body is quite full with smooth creamy mouthfeel. This one is over the top in all regards. If you like big, strong, hoppy, bitter yet malty and sweet beer, this one is a must. Matter of fact, I think it's a must try although not everyone will enjoy. Though the flavour is certainly complex and interesting, I find it to have a bit too much going on which detracts from my overall enjoyment. Thanks for the trade eyedrinkale. Bottle.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong, sweet malty nose with hints of citric hops, caramel, toffee. Ruby red to brown in color, with little head. Initially sweet, with a creamy mouthfeel, and nice notes of toffee and oranges, cherries and chocolate. Finishes intensely bitter. What imperial IPAs are supposed to be.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 about as good as a brew gets. Very thick and full bodied. One awesome brew, but very potent as well. I recently had this on tap and it was northing short of totally awesome. A pretty noticable difference between on tap and out of the bottle.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the syrupy sibling of Arrogant Bastard. Lots of sweetness that serves to hide the large alcohol presence pretty well. Floral hops rampant throughout. If you can't taste the hops in this beer, you'll know your taste buds are 100% dead. I'd guess the IBUs here are pretty off the charts, but thankfully Stone added gobs of malt to balance things, which is more to my liking. Put it in a snifter and contemplate it a little. I enjoyed the malty sweetness of Stone's 03/03/03 Epic a little more, but to each his own. A touch harsh in the finish and as you work through the bottle, the alcohol burn becomes more noticeable. Enjoyable.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2005 bottled: i like AB but im not over the top like most you guys are about it, so it has alot of hops and some more alcohol...oooh?! DB pushes it way further then the AB to the left. too much for me unless your only gonna drink one beer and one beer only. no real carbonation at least its gone pretty quick and you need it to last because this aint no chugging beer. high alchohol sweetness and of course over the top hops in your face some raisin overtones but mostyl bittering floral hops. i think im going to make a beer and put a monster of some sort on it and call it quadruple homicide....’drink this and you and your friends will die, if you dare.’ i ll probably have beer geeks lining the streets. i prefer AB to this, maybe im just too big of a pussy for this beer. love most all stone beers but as my friend said after he drank his DB....’that stuff is unfriendly’