cstuartj (1002) - Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 First off, great bottle, probably the most entertaining Iíve ever come across.
2003 edition: Pours a beautiful amber colour, reminding me more of a good Scotch than Ale in its colour. The comparisons donít stop there. This beer starts with a fairly mild attack compared to the really bitter stouts I prefer, but the finish is where itís at. This beer takes itís on sweet time timing finishing. It just goes and goes and this is a good thing, as layer upon layer of flavor evolves on the palette throughout the finish. There are some serious gain elements here and the fermentation really comes through, again reminding me of a good Scotch or Whiskey more than a beer. I really enjoyed this brew (Iím also a big Scotch fan too).
One word of caution, this beer hits hard and hits fast. It goes down warm and smooth and then proceeds to make a full frontal attack on your senses. Be in a safe place you plan on staying for a while when you tackle this brew.
Definitely 2 thumbs up on this one.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tan head, dark red color, mebbe just a little bit of hops in the aroma.., nice malt flavor balanced by the hops. alcohol and hops in the finish. Quite good and a great bottle.
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: 2003 edition: Good nose, Cocoa,toffee, some pine. Great color dark brownish red. Medium head that reduced down nicely. Bakers chocolate, grapefruit flavors Thick & creamy. Lingering bitter chocolate finish. Very tasty. Very warming. Tasty, though I like the balance of little brother better.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a bit confused by this beer. I really expected an amped up wersion of Arrogant Bastard, as suggested by the Commercial Description. Thsi was more of a Barley wine than IIPA. Teh beer was deep red and very malty. Good deal of hops left little doubt that this was a Stone brew. Caramel, toffee and cocoa predominate. Some fruity notes also. Pretty good.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells greatly sweet and barley-wine-like. A tad cloudy, on a pretty dark copper body. Barely a head at all. Very hoppy, but it's very much like the regular 'ol arrogant bastard. Very sweet finish - a darling of a beer.
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 [man, I canít believe I used to love this stuff so much - itís so incredibly alcoholic/boozy - of course, it will always hold a special place in my heart anyway] This tastes very much like its little brother, arrogant bastard, which, of course, is a really good thing - looks and smells just like it - the most immediately noticable traight that sets this beer apart is the sweet, strawberry-like flavor that manifests itself midway through the sip, swirling somewhere is the hop bitterness, creating a bitter/sweet dichotomy that begs you to take another sip - caramel, toastiness, biscuit - very well-balanced, but, for what itís worth, itís almost not different enough from arrogant bastard to even be considered a different beer (aside from the alcohol content) - of course, who really cares? it rocks anyway.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, rich sweet malty nose with buscuit, carmel, a bit of roast, and freshly floral hops on the nose, a bit of a grassy we foliage aroma too. Excellent clear red color, very clear, average head. Terrific malt tastes, everything comming through smooth and clean. Carmel, chocolate, roast, sweet syrupy malt tastes with a fresh bite of hops to finish. Intensely hopped, everything plays its part, beautiful. A bit of black pepper too, wonderful beer.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Being fairly new to Stone Brewing company I'm once again blown away. POured a nicerich amber color...Nose,like it little brother was hoppy and full of citrus...Although this a much bigger beer with some hints of spices and a tart finish. I'm going back for the three litre.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 2003 22oz Brownish/red color with just a touch of tan head. Aroma is malty, with caramel, vanilla present. Flavor has a lot of caramel early on, with a malty backbone and a somewhat bitter (hopy) finish. A great brew.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! What a beer. I don't think I've ever tasted anything like it. Now, I can't say it's one of my favorites (just not quite my thing), but the brewers at Stone definitely know what the hell they're doing. Extemely hoppy countered by extreme sweetness. Absolutely brillant.