Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2002 release): Inviting garnet color. Interesting aroma that has two distinct characters -- the floral hoppy (the first you encounter) and then the sweet alcohol. In the flavor, the alcohol bite is the first thing you taste, but it's rounded out in the end by the hoppy bite. It's nicely balanced and it flows well over the tongue, bringing out different, but balanced and seamless, flavors as it moves across the palate. There's a mild afterburn (though I don't know why I'm picking that up particularly, since it's not the highest alcohol beer I've had recently, yet I'm picking up on the alcohol flavor and character more here than in some other, higher alcohol beers). A warm, inviting, comforting sort of beer (which I know is not exactly what Stone would want to hear about this beer, but there it is . . . ).
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2002 release): I'd waited so long for this beer -- first, knowing it was out there, and then finding out that a small shipment was making it to dc, only to find out that the 2 bottles my retailer had set aside for me had mistakenly been sold (it turns out they were sold to daniwerks (and to his credit, one evening he actually gave me a few ounces to sip!)). Second, I'd asked my brother in Phoenix to pick up three bottles, but when I got out there last month, it runs out he'd mistaken one bastard for another, picking up AB instead of DB (definitely not a member of this site). Fortunately, Gusler came to the rescue, and provided me a bottle from his cellar. So after all that effort, did I like what I found? Hell yes. Clear ruby body with minimal head. Aroma is grapefruit hoppy, cherry, flowery hoppy, mildly sweet, rich and inviting. Taste is a rich amalgam of flavors -- floral hop, grapefruit hop, cherry, toffee, and orange. Finishes with a warming alcohol burn. Thank you sir, can I have another?
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 Aroma was semi sweet with apparent hops and a faint alcohol smell. Pours a dark red, fairly unique, more red than brown. The first drink is a shock on the palate and taste buds, but once adjusted, this is pure heaven. Lots of bitterness with a balanced sweet/alcohol finish. There aren't many beers that I can enjoy every time I drink them for the entire glass. I was quite shocked at this pinnacle of beer. Very well done stone, now you just need to distribute to Idaho!!!
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Has a neat pour with cascading head, reminiscient of a Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Smells like a combination of Arrogant Bastard and Stone IPA. Tastes like a combination of two parts Arrogant Bastard, one part Lagunitas IPA, with all ingredients upped by 50%. Smacks the palate silly, what a challenging beer! Nice, despite the jogging I'm going to have to do to work this off...
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-amber in color, very pretty. Very big head, dissipated with moderate speed. Aroma was very clean, hoppy, maple, woody notes. Taste was very big, full, hops, sweet malt, spicy on the tongue.....put together very well, a fine beer indeed.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, dark red to amber with an orange head. Sweet aroma of hoppy citrus balanced by a dose of malt. Fresh orange rind apple blossoms, and pasturized grapefruit juice make up the hefty hop character. Yellow cake, vanilla, and a touch of brown sugar make up the balaning malt bit. Relatively sweet with quite a bitter bite. This is a sipping beer, make sure you give your tastebuds time to recover... On the heavy side of moderate-full body. Truly a top 50 beer...
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby/copper color. Bitterness is quite high for this one. Acidic, piney with the alcohol adding a sharp edge. Warming. Just another extremely hoppy beer to cover up the alcohol.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Upon my first sip my only thought was "Sweet Jesus!" This is a big, scary brew. You had better bring your "A" game to the table for this boy. Nose of citrus, pine and spruce, perfume and medicine. The brew pours a medium sparkling ruby copper. The large creamy french vanilla head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The flavor is robust and spicy to put it mildly. Plenty of acidity for everyone. The finish is long, fruity and pronounced - sour and bitter with decent warmth. The full and thick body is creamy and soft. The finish is astringent. This is no joke folks.
document (36) - USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not my favorite from this brewery, which cranks out the best IPAs of all time, IMO. The "commercial description" is, unfortunately, dead on. Harsh alcohol smell, and lots of alcohol in the mouth. Good old Stone stand bys of huge hop and malt, but it's somehow unbalanced for me, particularly a kind of off bitterness from the hopping. Not sure what's going on there ('cause I love the hops, in general). What I like best in this beer is its aftertaste, which is comparatively mellow, honeyed, and full. In the glass it's a beautiful ruby with a short lived beige head.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 This beer poured a dark reddish amber color and formed a nice light tan foamy head that looked like a float subsiding and left circular lace. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, spices with a hint of the alcohol present. A flavor of malt, caramel with a touch of chocolate. The finish is sweet with a slight astrigent element to it. Another fine beer from Stone and another thank you to the Ohio lawmakers for letting get this.