Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The angry big brother of stone’s arrogant bastard. Pours out dark with a good head. This beer is fairly much the same idea as arrogant with some extra alcohol taste. The taste of the alcohol seems to calm down the overwhelming taste of the brew a bit, giving it a more refined feel than arrogant.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle: 2007 Release, Pours a hazy dark copper with a small but lingering tan head. The nose is sweet with some caramel but citrusy hops are very noticeable. The taste is malt driven which surprised me based on the aroma. Alcohol shows itself in the taste and finish. The mouth feel is medium to heavy. Some lingering bitterness on the finish as well. I think this beer improves with age. But I still remember more from it when it was fresh.
horto008 (180) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Without question the strongest, angriest, beer I’ve ever tasted. I had been waiting on this one for a while since I’m from a backward state when it comes to "malted beverages." It’s piney, citrus-y, hoppy, bitter, and was thoroughly enjoyed with a bowl of chili (the first time). Color was deep gold, head was light and dissipated moderately. Even as an IPA lover, this one wouldn’t be a daily drinker -- more of a special occasion one to pull out.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful copper pour. Nice and clear with lots of tiny bubbles which rise to the thick white head. Sweet aroma of malt, fresh earth, hay, and booze. Thick mouthfeel. Flavor of sweet malt, pineapple, pine needles, grass with a giant hop punch in the mouth. Booze finish. I'm hardly worthy...
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tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a pint glass at a local bar. Would have preferred a snifter. Aroma is fairly non distinct because of this. Pours a dark ale color. Flavor is stupendous. Malts and a caramel finish. Palate is long lasting with lots of malt and caramel. Very flavorful beer!
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s better than the bastard which is saying something. Only topped by Stone’s standard IPA in my opinion.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours out murky brownish amber in color with a slow forming off white tannish head that is some what bubbly. the body is a deep mahogony some what brown amber. the aromas are in your face and i am picking up merlot grapes, roasted malts, some sugar and alcohol. there is also a decent amount of lacing forming in the glass. the taste is very smooth and reminiscent of the original brew. there is a strong comanding hoppiness all the way across the palate. it is medium bodided and a very nice amount of carbonation that has good mouth feel. and dare i say this, this brew in my opinion is a lot smoother then the original and enjoyable. i could drink this all night. also, the aftertaste is very strong and unforgiving and alcohol is very prevelent on the tongue and i feel it burn as it goes down. a really nice beer from the masters of stone brew.
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of toffee, fruit, dough. Thick and chewy, this brew is huge. Alcohol is hidden by giant malts, toffee, caramel, white raisons, all sorts of good stuff. Overall, a little too much ass-whooping for me...
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle 3/17/05. Pours a very deep amber color with a large off white head. Very impressed with the nose that is filled with fruits. Very malty and extrmley hoppy. The hops are incredible and presnet in the smell and taste. The 10% alcohol cant be detected. Easily the best Stone beer that i’ve had but im sure they have even better for me to try.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 oh Stone, you’ve done it again. This is a great stronger and fuller version of arrogant bastard ale. Has similar floral aroma. with a slightly more alcohol flavor and after taste. beautiful deep amber/ cherry color. Great combo of hops and malts. only complaint is head could be longer lasting. Try this if you find it.