KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth brew. Very similar to Arrogant, but not as much in your face hops. Beautiful ruby color, and foamy head.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good brew, but quite honestly I like Arrogant Bastard better. Sure, if you are interested in getting your ass kicked, this is a great brew. And it is a fine brew, to be sure, but I prefer Arrogant Bastard.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is very caramelly and rich, suitable for apple-dipping...Color is a slightly orange-tinged amber--medium cream head and light frosted lace...Hoppy bite comes in first through the flavor door, followed by a robust bloom of those caramelized malts with a pleasant medicinal edge. Hop bitters make an even more impressive reprise in the mouth-puckering dry finish...This stuff leaves an unusual sequence of sensations in the mouth---the initial effervescent bite is washed over by the smooth richness of the main body, which retreats slowly, leaving the aforementioned hop-dryness in its wake---something of a three-movement concerto...No subtlety here, but the flavors are in fine proportion and carried in a body with excellent texture...an unusually successful marriage of intensity and refinement...Double Delicious!
Shag (2656) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 (2002 edition) Reddish brown color with a huge malt and alcohol nose. Flavor is quite sweet with some raisins, caramel, and cherries. The alcohol is certainly present even at a colder temp. This is one BASTARD all right, it will sneak up and bitch smack you! This may truly be a beer few are worthy of. Not for the faint of heart. (2004 edition) I was unable to try last years but I am really enjoying the ’04 edition. It seems to be more balanced with less alcohol showing than in years past, but that may just be me. This has some barley wine characteristics. The malt does prodominate over the hops but it does have a nice bitter bite to it. A bit of sour fruit, oak, and port wine. Ive gotta up the old rating of 4.1 for this one. Good good stuff.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ooooh. Look what we can do with hops. Standard Stone fare. At least this one has a modicum of malt to balance it in the beginning.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 Draft at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Nice big beer. Great mix of hop flavor with the alcohol.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2002 release): Inviting garnet color. Interesting aroma that has two distinct characters -- the floral hoppy (the first you encounter) and then the sweet alcohol. In the flavor, the alcohol bite is the first thing you taste, but it's rounded out in the end by the hoppy bite. It's nicely balanced and it flows well over the tongue, bringing out different, but balanced and seamless, flavors as it moves across the palate. There's a mild afterburn (though I don't know why I'm picking that up particularly, since it's not the highest alcohol beer I've had recently, yet I'm picking up on the alcohol flavor and character more here than in some other, higher alcohol beers). A warm, inviting, comforting sort of beer (which I know is not exactly what Stone would want to hear about this beer, but there it is . . . ).
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2002 release): I'd waited so long for this beer -- first, knowing it was out there, and then finding out that a small shipment was making it to dc, only to find out that the 2 bottles my retailer had set aside for me had mistakenly been sold (it turns out they were sold to daniwerks (and to his credit, one evening he actually gave me a few ounces to sip!)). Second, I'd asked my brother in Phoenix to pick up three bottles, but when I got out there last month, it runs out he'd mistaken one bastard for another, picking up AB instead of DB (definitely not a member of this site). Fortunately, Gusler came to the rescue, and provided me a bottle from his cellar. So after all that effort, did I like what I found? Hell yes. Clear ruby body with minimal head. Aroma is grapefruit hoppy, cherry, flowery hoppy, mildly sweet, rich and inviting. Taste is a rich amalgam of flavors -- floral hop, grapefruit hop, cherry, toffee, and orange. Finishes with a warming alcohol burn. Thank you sir, can I have another?
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 Aroma was semi sweet with apparent hops and a faint alcohol smell. Pours a dark red, fairly unique, more red than brown. The first drink is a shock on the palate and taste buds, but once adjusted, this is pure heaven. Lots of bitterness with a balanced sweet/alcohol finish. There aren't many beers that I can enjoy every time I drink them for the entire glass. I was quite shocked at this pinnacle of beer. Very well done stone, now you just need to distribute to Idaho!!!
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Has a neat pour with cascading head, reminiscient of a Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Smells like a combination of Arrogant Bastard and Stone IPA. Tastes like a combination of two parts Arrogant Bastard, one part Lagunitas IPA, with all ingredients upped by 50%. Smacks the palate silly, what a challenging beer! Nice, despite the jogging I'm going to have to do to work this off...