GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very fragrant. Nice dark brown color. the 10% ABV is well masked with lovely flavor. While the traditional bastard is hoppy this is quite malty. This beer deserves high ratings along with the other fine beers from stone
Frank (2862) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005
My second sample of this mean bastard left me somewhat less impressed than my first. Yes, this is a huge beer and that’s to be applauded but it lacks complexity aside from a huge wallop of hops. Fun to drink but certainly not stellar.
Original</P>The arrogance is unbelievable. Brown-orange in color. Next to no head as is generally expected on a huge beer like this. Nose is strong with both malt and hops. I especially notice a certain fruitiness--pineapple, I’d say if I had to guess. Thick as hell with a sharp bite up front that smooths out in the finish. Bitter, bitter, bitter, and heavy. Huge. Damn.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A fine crafted brew. Bitter hoppyness with the sweet malt kicking in; I can admire the craftsmanship that went into this.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 2003 vintage. Nice! Poured a dark copper with a medium tan head. Nose is hops, lightened malt, and some alcohol notes. The body has some oily points to it along with hops, caramel, more alcohol and some grain. The hops were not as over-the-top as I was expecting and the 10% seemed mellow. I guess the hops and alcohol evened each other out. A great beer, nonetheless, and hopefully I’ll be able to try earlier vintages.
2004 vintage. Beautiful ruby body. Small tan head. Aroma is strong hops and fruit with lighter malt notes. Pineapple and grapefruit seem dominant. Lighter maltiness as well. Taste is stronger fruit and hops with a bigger pineapple note. The alcohol comes forth a bit as well. The body is medium to full and has a nice, although light, warmth about it. Finishes with more hops and citrus. All I can say is wow! Great beer!
Darkover (1515) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 Dark cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of hops, dark fruits and caramel malt. Flavor also of caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruits, hops and some spices. Very good and drinkable too.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 22oz. bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a great creamy tight tan head. Aromas
are max dry-hopped. I could't really drink much of the Arrogant. It's not that I didn't like it. It's just that alot of times my system couldn't handle it. This one I like alot, and my system agrees. Much smoother and more balanced than its younger rambunctious brother. Very little lingering bitterness. Absolutely Perfect. Hoppy. Yes, but its all up front. Extremely quaffable for 10%. Alcohol very well hidden. This beer deserves to be king of this style. By far. Good job Stone.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 This is one pretty looking brew. Beautiful nearly clear reddish amber with a thick foamy tan head. Scattered lacing around the glass. Powerful malty, hoppy aroma and super fresh. Can also detect a malt graininess and slight fruitiness. Really smooth and syrupy mouthfeel with a nice kick of hops at the end, yet not overly bitter. Chewy and resiny that sticks to your mouth like peanut butter. I detect pineapple in the flavors along with a super blend of hops and malt. This is one fantastic brew! I would almost peg it for an Imperial IPA because it has similar qualities to many I've sampled. As I'm pouring out the last remains of this bomber I can't help but liken the visual to pouring maple syrup on top of pancakes. It looked that thick as it streamed out to the last drop. Of which was fantastic!
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 release. Pleasantly surprised to find one case of this available at Carytown. According to the Stone website, no specialties make it to this region. I took 2, leaving the rest for other intrepid samplers. Pretty deep red with brown tint, decent head, good lacing. Aroma was a hop assault with good malt underpinnings. Hint of pineapple. Flavor starts with a rich caramel malt, followed by a full hop bitterness to balance. Something vaguely fruity in the finish. Quite balanced, I daresay. Very much in a barleywine style vein IMHO. Stone is really, really good.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 2004 Release, Sampled November 2004
Wow, this is certainly pungent and fresh smelling, it is a solid punch of citrus hops that is approaching the level of candied fruit. I get notes of apricot, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, tangelos. The aroma is really quite interesting, and before my first sip of this beer, I am going to hazard a guess that this is the best part of this beer. The beer itself is a brilliant deep amber color that is topped by a creamy tan head.
The taste is definitely not quite as intense as the aroma. It is full bodied, with a certain creamy fullness to it. The taste is definitely hoppified, with a nice mixture of apricot, grapefruit, and an astringent herbal character. This beer is not overly bitter, in fact the bitterness is pretty well in balance, there is a lingering astringency that sticks to my tongue long after the beer has slid down my throat, this seems to be from the copious amounts of hops added. I am sure this will fade with time, but so will the fresh hoppiness that I am enjoying right now.
There are some notes of hot alcohol in the finish as well, but nothing overwhelming. This is not nearly as malt dominated as I remember last years being. Basically this beer is quite tasty, and quite a bit better than I have previously given credit for.
2003 Vintage, Sampled November 2003:
A brown head, that as you pour starts deceptively small and then blossoms in my tulip Duvel glass to about 3 inches (7.62 cm for the non-Americans) thick. A hazy amber color with beautiful garnet notes when held up to the light. A malty hoppy aroma, evokes the thought of a sticky sweet hop smell. Surprisingly, very malty was my first thought upon tasting this beer. The hops are there, but not over the top and in your face. This is a thick bodied beer that seems to leave a coating film even after I have swallowed. Definitely hoppy, the more I sip the more I can detect the bitter finish in this beer. A syrupy hop flavor hits your tongue at first, and then finishes with a drying bitterness. Rating 3.3/6/3/7/4/14
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one great beer. It poured a reddish color with a thin white head. The taste was very hoopy yet extremely balanced. The finish was clean and hoppy with a nice bitterness that remained. Outstanding.