Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. The beer had literally only been in Ohio for an hour before I got my grubby little beer geek hands on it. Nice tan head, dark amber/red color. I smell hops, malt, fruit, more hops, and some more hops--oh, and some alcohol. Good googly moogly! Taste malty, sweet, grapefruit, but not as bitter of a finish as I had expected (feared). Actually, the finish is devine. Amazing how such a big beer can finish so tender and loving. I AM worthy, albeit just barely. I expected a jacked-up arrogant bastard, but what I got was a delicious, balanced brew. This is tasty but not for the faint of heart. I wonder what this 2003 vintage would taste like in a year or so. Gotta love Stone.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Beautiful reddish brown color. Huge everything about this beer. Nice big lacey head.The aroma was full of citrus. The flavor burst out with strong hops bitterness, very sweet maltiness, I think this is an improved version of Arrogant Bastard. Nice crisp feel, perfect palate
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 22oz. This beer is incredibly full flavored. I thought that the alcohol content was just right for such a stong tasting beer. If you see it, buy it... I miss it already.
jeevan (140) - SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh.Pours dark hazy orange. Nice head. The aroma is rich citrus hoppiness with sweet malts. And yes this is hoppy and bitter. That said, comparing this with many contemporary west coast US style ales, not so unusual these days... actually nae, This is one rich hoppy bastard ! What I particularly like about this is the way that the relatively massive hop bitterness doesn’t in any way derail the wonderful malts and hop flovours. It just works. They got this spot on, as they did with Arrogant. Had this a few times now and certainly will again.
aaronbr (139) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Strong" ale is right! This one’s full-bodied, and sort of thick feeling. Definitely packs a punch on ABV, and has a nice blend of hops and powerful malts creeping in. Nutty brown in color and taste, but with a lingering bitterness that I kind of like. Pretty good.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dirty amber color. Slighty cloudy from the chill, with nice head and lacing. Aroma is barleywineish dominated by dark caramel malts. Flavor mirrors the aroma. Nice syrupy mouthfeel with lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Well done, I'll have another please.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a syrupy deep amber color, kind of brownish, with a thick crop of tan foam. Nose is thick and sweet, with hints of caramel and citrus. Flavor is thick as well. Heavy sweet malts give way to an overpowering alcohol vibe, has a heavy heat on it. Again with stone, you get a beer that isn’t terribly good, It’s just a kick in the mouth.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(05 vintage aged 2 years) Poured a murky copper with a dirty tan head. Had a rather potent aroma of malts, floral, pine, and hops. The flavor was a little strong up front but, because it was aged it had a mellow finish. There was notes of malts, fruits, citrus, pine and a golden brown sugar. OUTSTANDING ASA!!!
smroush (137) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - a touch of oak along with the malt? A touch of caramel. Hops are staying in the background. Some alcohol though not as prominent as I would expect given the ABV.
Appearance- a fairly dark copper with very little head. Pretty clear. Mild to moderate carbonation.
Taste- not as sweet as I would expect given the ABV. Some fairly distinct bitterness.
Palate - medium to full body, finish has that wood flavor on it.
Overall a good enjoyable beer. Not quite complex enough to be a great beer.
toby00777 (135) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby hue and golden-amber at the top, with a good, small, tan head. Webby lacing disappears. Aroma of malts, fruits, breadiness, and hops. Very gentle carbonation precedes a complex mix of sweet caramel, plum raisins, biscuits, citrus, and piney hop carried in a full body.