braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty much the ultimate strong ale. Pours a pretty deep red with an off-white head. Sweet malt aroma and initial flavor, giving way to a strong bitterness with an alcoholic kick. Definitely not for the faint of heart, swirls and moves in the mouth while the malts do their thing. Cheers to Stone for producing this beast.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
i have to say that i like the arrogant bastard over the double bastard. the double has too strong an alcoholy flavor which overpowers the others. a bit sweet with nice hoppiness. a decent beer.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a beige head. The taste is a sweet malty body with a massive hoppy flavor coming in to dominate. Very nice
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice copper colour with a medium head. Sweet malt and floral hop aroma. Syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet malt tast upfront before the hop assault hits. Finish is surprisingly drier than expected. Alcohol is apparent in the taste. This is a good beer but somewhat overhyped.
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby with small golden head. Grass, rasins, sweetness in the aroma. Soft feel. Grass, rasins, hops, sweetness and very complex. Lingering dry and bitter aftertaste. I don´t like it. I love it.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours brown white a fine white head. Powerfull, whith lots of hops, which last forever! Aroma is fruity, hoppy with notes of sweetness. Really nice beer!
dbristow21 (2) - ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
big beer, aroma is wonderful at first i smelled nuttty malt but later more fruitty. pours great. tan head deep copper color. finish is great slight alchoal burn , which i love, beautiful balance not to bitter not to sweet. just great beer best i’ve had in awhile
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - APR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled. white head w/ fruity aroma. amber colored, full bodied strong ale. hoppy as expected.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a creamy head. Aroma is hoppy, grassy, wth some maltyness. Taste is bitter, sweet, hoppy. Full bodied with a loooong bitter after taste. An outstanding beer
Beaver (1589) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper with a big fluffy off-white (almost orangeish) head that retains well and laces the glass. The first pour is clear, the second has some miniscule floaties.
The aroma is piney, grassy hops, some pineapple fruitiness, and a dose of spicy alcohol.
The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malts, pepper, and some woodiness followed by a big spicy alcoholic hop finish. It is medium to full bodied and fairly velvety, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, an excellent brew. Big in every way (especially hops and alcohol), yet not overbearing and fairly well balanced - it is almost too sweet at times. The more I drink, the smoother it gets! Reminds me quite a bit of Great Divide’s Old Ruffian.