Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 2560   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
This is a lacerative muther of a beer. The evil big brother of Arrogant Bastard Ale. It is strongly suggested you stay far, far away from this beer. Those foolish enough to venture close enough to taste will experience a punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate. ’Course there’s always the masochists...
Note: 2007 - 10%, 2008 & 2009 - 10.5%, 2010 - 11.2%, 2011 - 10.5%, 2012 - 11.2%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Poured an amber dark color with an off white creamy head. Aroma was hoppy and citrusy, very nice. Flavor was harshly hoppy but I loved it. It had a smooth finish and alcohol was hidden nicely as well. I’ll be getting more of these in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Dense mahogany wirth reddish tint and a small head that looks like a cappucino froth. Aroma is very delightful and gives off a sweet berries with hops smell. Strong flavor that bursts bittering hops, woodchips,caramel syrup, earth and little grapefruit. Wish i had payed more attention to last years batch so i could of compared with this years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Pours a very nice brown/dark ruby with a small but beautiful head. Very malty/caramel aroma. Surprisingly smooth, not too overpowering. Little alcohol burn. Very nice. UPDATE: More alcohol flavor than I remember. -1 overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (3048) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Pours out a nice ruby color with tiny reminants of a lacing head. It has a malty aroma with noticible notes of alcohol on the nose. The taste is very complex but not overpowering like one might expect from the high gravity. Malty flavor at first with notes of fruit and a nice bitter hoppy finish. One huge beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
2004 batch. This is like the best smelling beer ever. It is mellower on the apricot taste then AB with a sweet roasty malt, caramel flavor. At 10% the alcohol taste isn’t too overpowering, definetly warms you up going down. Overall one of Stones better beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Grapes and Cherries over black coffee Sweet warming middle. Full rich palate and a long crisp finish. Certainly a beer to be savoured. Am still a bigger fan of their 7th anniversary and Epic 03 (2003 was good year for Stone)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
2004 Release. Deep garnet red in color and makes a slight offwhite coloured head. Smell is sweet and rich of roasty malt, thick molasses, caramel and worty. Flavor is also richly sweet, nutty, caramel, molasses, roasty malt, well balanced hop bitterness comes through, alcoholic bite. This one is full bodied, thick and syrupy on the palate, very warming on the way down. This is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2004
A wonderful beer, taste was rich, but not too much of an aftertaste. Dark ruby color, Alcohol taste, but not in a bad way, as good as most strong ales I’ve tried, Malty, enough bitterness, very well balanced, Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Clear red/brown color with a medium tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a lot of hops in the background. Flavor of malt and caramel initially, then the hops take over on the finish along with a nice alcohol presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 2004 bomber: Wow! That was my first impression. Having been a long fan of Stone Beer I had high expections but not really sure what to expect. Aroma is a fruitierwith a hint of spiced candied fruit. Flavor is sweeter than the arrogant bastard, more blended and balanced, an almost spiced kick behind the most delicious malt flavor ever. High in alcohol, but not quite as prominante in taste compared to the ABA. Once you adjust to how powerful this ale is, its pure beer indulgence. Second bottle a few days later further improved my opinion of this beer. Top it all off with one of the coolest bottle designs I have ever seen.

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