DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown fire red color. Smells like the regular bastard, but taste, good god. Concentrated hop syrup, so thick, very bitter, with some apricot. Borderline drinkable (like the ruination). Another ridiculous Stone brew that is good but I just didn't enjoy.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Geeze this one is out of control from start to finish. Dark red amber color. Strong scents of malt, caramel, hops and some alcohol. Creamy and full flavored from start to finish. Malt and caramel overwhelm a the mild hop and alcohol prescence. Although the hops come thru in the finish with a nice tinge of bitterness to close things out. Wow! Good stuff.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber in coloration, with a frothy cream colored head, The aroma is hoppy, and strong, some citrus hints in the head. The flavor is strong hoppy yet malty, a flavor that leaves your mouth watering, resembles a light barley wine. The alcohol is very cleverly disguised. very well worth the purchase.
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color, creamy head. From the aroma to the flavor and palate, it's another hop-killer; very well malty. Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.
Bov (10485) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
red-amber colour, few foam, buttery hoppiness, caramel and alcohol, notes of cream and apricot, oily with a deadly excessiv bitterness (yes, I like it !), very malty, very long bitter, buttery and floral finish, a bit disgusting at the end of the glasss - this is big stuff ! Those americans are really crazy (fortunately sometimes in a right way)
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003. Deep red color, little head. Strange nose on it, raisons, hops, malt scents a lot like a Scottish ale. Flavor is of hops, deep scottish ale style malts, carmel, and raisons. Alcohol taste just warming, but it doesn't taste like a 10% beer.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Release. This beer formed a small sized creamy and smooth ivory head with fine-large sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was somewhat transparent and softly carbonated with a brown hue. The nose was sweet, notes of alcohol and hops. The flavor was hoppy and of alcohol with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer had a burning sensation to it. I definitely could feel the affects of the 10%ABV of this beer after a bit. This beer had very sparse lacing.
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled 2003 release of this brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized light brown colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a good lace and mounted a semi-transparent brown colored carbonated body. The aroma was only mildly hoppy as was unexpected given the usual rating on this brew. The mouthfeel is burning vinuous caramel hops from start to a mildly lingering finish. It wakes you up with a refreshing burst of caramel hop flavor that begs you to take another sip of tha almighty arrogant one. The alcohol contnet of this monster is notable after just a few sips as it comes on strongly. Easily drinkable though and suprisingly milder that expected.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stinging hop aroma, some alcohol. Plummy brandyish sweetness in the aroma as well. Some stinging but very pleasant bitterness early, which fades into a carmelly cookie malt. I'm struck by the pleasantness of the bitterness, while it is stingingly bitter, it doesn't come off as bitter/coarse as something like old crustacean. The malt is so much more supple and firm than in the old guardian, which this vastly superior to. A touch of medicinal flavor hidden in the alcohol and hop laden flavor. I'm damn impressed, this exceeded my expectations. Thanks a ton MilkmanDan!
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a whole lotta hype on this one, but didnt really live up to th the hoopla, decent head, somewhat over-carbed,nice hops, and carmel finish, but nothing to rave over