OldGrowth (3058) - 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 (5561) - 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 can’t believe I used to love this stuff so much - it’s 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 it’s worth, it’s 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.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003: i'm not tasting the alcohol, but i sure feel it! thick caramel pour. little head of tight very light brown bubbles. burnt red, caramel body. thick. sweet to the mouth, dark fruits. fresh, rich, over-the-top indeed. left with pine, bitterness, with a hint of saltiness. jeez, this is just great all together. less soy/salt than batch 6000, more powerful than. this is great. i wonder how it will be down the road. one bomber and you're feeling arrogant, fortunately i'm not a bastard. thanks eric!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a red amber color, perhaps garnet, with a decent head and very little lace. The aroma is quite hoppy and with many sugar molecules. The flavor is very malty and hoppy. The alcohol is nowhere. The palate is very rich. Overall, this is over the top and good.