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’
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a mouthful. Ambertan in color with no head and light carbonation. I taste recockulous amounts of flavor in this. The buttery to flowery hops keep changing with every sip. This is definitely my second favorite Stone offering and redefines the AB for me. A friend of mine had a keg of this stuff last year and had trouble finishing it....problem was he didn't invite me over enough because I really enjoy DB. I should have rated it earlier. Wonderful for the flavor impaired.
joker3119 (2) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I enjoyed the full bodied flavor that extended the abilities of my palate to try to hang on to the top of my tounge... and watching the less experienced try to handle the enormous flavor
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
"Challenging" would be one way to describe this beer. Strong pineapple aroma, full mouthfeel but the flavour is rather buttery and alcoholic, like the yeast got to the 10% mark and just gave up. A rather surprisingly flat finish of itntense though rapidly descending bitterness.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a dark clouded ruby color with little carbonation and some lacing. Smell is roasted/malt. Taste is thick/sweet/very malty/slight alcohol and finishes dry/medium bitterness. Overall this is not that bad of a beer, something to have during the winter for sure.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
soft, light brown head, slightly hazy, ruby body, tiny bubbles. Soft and warm, very inviting. velvety and ripe. distinct Stone aroma (yeast?), hintd of roasted barley, ripe fruits, leather and spice. Rich and full all around. Dries out on account of the alcohol, but very well balanced. chocolate notes emerge as the exquisite warmth hits my chest. Complex, full and deep, an awesome offering, and superior to its little brother.