bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. It's been a while since I have had this beer. It's better than I remember. Dark brown/red with excellent off-white head. Good lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma tells the story of an abundance of hops and alcohol. The flavor bites quick with lots of hops, alcohol, and slight orange flavors. After it goes down, the bite from the alcohol is very prevalent with citrus flavors lingering throughout the mouth. Great beer. What else does Stone brew?
Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Double Bastard Ale. If you are worthy enough for Arrogant Bastard, you’re going to love this one. It pours our a dark red color with a small white head. It doesn’t have very good retention but it does leave some lacing, but not too much. The aroma is primarily of hops and strong floral hits. The flavor is similar to the aroma. Hops hops and more ops with floral notes. The strong hoppiness of the brew is well balanced with the slight caramel malts hidden beneath everything else. If you’re a Stone guy like myself, you will definitely enjoy this beer through and through.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty much the ultimate strong ale. Pours a pretty deep red with an off-white head. Sweet malt aroma and initial flavor, giving way to a strong bitterness with an alcoholic kick. Definitely not for the faint of heart, swirls and moves in the mouth while the malts do their thing. Cheers to Stone for producing this beast.
elgavilancillo (75) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2008 one of a kind beer pour a nice very dark amber color with a small head oaky taste and smelll i can taste and feel the 10% alcohol in the bottom of you stomach but still enjoyed it
3sheets2wind (74) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If arrogant bastard is a bit one-note, you’d think double bastard would be even more so, but this is a trickier beer than the original, not-born-of-married-stock ale that was the beer that got me hooked on Stone and craft beer in general. This one has some sweetness to counter the harsh bitterness. They is something chemical and off-putting in the aroma that makes this hard to enjoy. It affects the taste as well. The high abv is masked very well. Perhaps I could get used to the off smell, but I am not going to try too hard. Not worth $8 for a 22-oz bomber
Smallprint (74) - - JUL 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is huge in every way. Pours deep brown/red, with a thin off white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Huge malty aroma, caramel, dark fruits, with quite a bit of hop presence too. The taste was of dark fruits, cherry, hoppy bitterness, a lot of fairly sweet malt. The mouthfeel of this is one of it’s best points, for 11.2% it’s incredibly smooth, very full bodied, almost syrup like. Leaves a coating in your mouth and the taste lingers in a good way. My favourite Stone beer thus far and one of my favourite’s full stop.
MrHult (74) - SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska från @Peter_L. Mörk Bärnstensfärgad med beige-rött skum. Doftar mörk sirap och vörtbröd. Stark smak av malt och mörk(?) humle. Väl dold alkohol. Lite för kraftig för mig.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 vintage. Pours a cloudy reddish orange with one finger of foam and good carbonation evident. Good lacing. Nose is sweet and malty but not so rich as to be syrupy. A little nutty but mainly it just smells like a massive beer. Very nice mouthfeel for such a big beer. Full bodied but the carbonation doesn’t let it sit too heavy on the palate. For a beer with no evidence of hops on the nose it is surprisingly bitter on the palate. A malty sweetness comes on smooth and is balanced out by a mouthful of resiny hops. The finish is hoppy but not overly so. The malt balances quite well here so the finish is light, long, and very enjoyable. Not as clean a finish as the Lucky Bastard but similar in character. One of the best beers over 10% abv you will find and worth every penny.
adamhorror (72) - USA - MAY 8, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark ruby red. Head is frothy and three finger thick. Aroma is dark cherry, floral, slight spice such as cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste is yeasty, slight cherry flavor, tart, bittersweet. Palate is bitter, sourdough, yeasty, slight cherry.
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mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 22 oz 2003 bomber: poured into a tulip glass. cloudy ruby color with a tan creamy head. smells like hops, citrus fruits. slight coffee/stout aroma too, which is interesting. alittle alcohol, too. this beer is really dank. almost like a barley wine. thick stick feels great in my mouth. not too bitter. oooh, i really like this. tastes alittle like coffee and choclate, buttery caramel, very malty and nutty and pretty hoppy, too. really full, rich beer, oh yeah. toffee toffee rambunctiosness.