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!!!
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.
aaronbr (134) - 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.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After 6 years, the super-hoppy nature of this beast has taken a backseat to the brown sugar and dark fruit. That doesn’t mean that it has lost any of its quality. Pours a deep red, almost black, with a thin lasting head. The aroma is brown sugar, banana bread, and booze with a hint of hops. The flavor is very complex, including chocolate, maple syrup, dark fruit, etc. The hops serve to give it a nice dry finish, and complement the beginning. The alcohol is there, but not overpowering. This one was worth the wait.
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tastes a lot like a barley wine. Not drinkable only sippable really. Poured into a 12oz tulip. Aroma is alcohol and hop mixture. Taste is difficult to gulp. Explosions of pure hops and alcohol are all I can taste. Absolutely not my favorite stone brew.. blech
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to scthaden on BA for this extra. Pours a dark Hazy amber with little head after an aggressive pour and some spotty lacing. Smell is butter, oranges, rum soaked figs and raisins, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a huge piney sharp bitternes and a buttery creamy rum-raisin flavor. Lots of toffee in the flavor as well. One of my favorites and it just gets better with time.
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber/mahogany pour with an off-white head. Aroma is like a hop-bombed barley wine. The mouthfeel was very thick, maybe the most viscous beer I have ever drank. The flavor was the stereotypical Stone hops, caramel malts, and dark fruits.
v8powered (131) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber colored beer with white head. Strong hoppy flavor that is well balanced with the overall malt. The alcohol flavor is a bit strong at first but tapers away. It is a great beer and I think I prefer it to regular Arrogant Bastard. I just couldn’t drink it every day at 10%. I look forward to Double AB every year!!
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle. Pours dark amber with very little head, lacing around the edges. Little bubbles slowly rise from the depths of this brew. The nose is a wonderful sweet sour with a familiar memory invoking component that I can’t put my finger on but it smells great. Its like candied apple and raisins mixed with sour malt. When you take a sip the first thing you notice is strong sweet malts as it washes to the back of your throat you notice the alcohol warmth and the hoppy bite. The hops are well integrated and don’t come through much on the tongue but they are definitely there at the back of the tongue and they mean business. The hops bite lingers for 30 seconds or more after the drink. The mouthfeel is very full and thick with low carbonation. The entire mouth is well coated taking the sensation to every square inch of mouth surface. Very, very good beer.
P.S. That smell reminds me of the smell of Unibroue brews must be a yeast thing.