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 iíve 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, youíve 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.
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.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 bottle consumed earlier this week. Maybe Iím losing my edge, but this beer was definitely not designed to be drinkable for atleast a few years. The point of this beer seems to be a beverage that just destroys your tastebuds. Tons of malt and hops....wildly out of balance. Plenty of alcohol and bitterness. Dark fruit, alcohol and hop flavor/bitterness DOMINATE the palate. Needs way more than 2 years to mellow.
theviolet (177) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lot more malt flavor than I was expecting. Great hops though. A little thick for me as well.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, almost opaque body topped off with light brown head. The aroma of caramel was the most dominant with a light orange scent. The flavor was a great combination of the hoppy citrus flavors that we expect from Amer. Strong Ales. There was a lot of lime, orange, and the tartness of grapefruit. On tap at Tria, Philadelphia.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, well, well. I just bought a selection of Stone Beers and it would be an understatement to say I was highly anticipating the new experiences I was about to have. I had to dive straight in at the Double Bastard, as it was the original Arrogant Bastard that blew me away in the first place. Appearance is just lovely. Copper, amber glow, rust, and at times just red in appearance, with an off-white/tan head that has rapidly shrunk, lazy carbonation just about struggles to the surface. The aroma is very inviting, mellow but definite hops, good soft malt with abundant fruitiness backed up with ripe strawberries, an aroma similar to damp or wet concrete, orange zest and assorted citrus notes and caramel. Well the flavour is intense but remains balanced, both the alcohol and hops get you at the back of the throat rather than clogging up your palate. Thereís something almost wine like about the beer, not vinous but it reminds me of the beer equivalent of a big Ozzy Shiraz, thick, dense and complex. The malts ooze over your tongue hiding inside a deceptive bitterness that unleashes itself at the last moment with an almost earthy feel to it. The hops are floral, perfumed and very tasty, there is an acridness to them but not a soapiness, and the acrid nature is not too full on as its contained deep within a coating of thick semi-sweet caramel malt. The flavour is so big Iím almost at a loss to pick it apart, I almost donít even want too. Itís like an experience, you have to try it to really understand it. The beer itself is somewhere between a barley wine and a double IPA, although leans more to the latter. Iím going to shut up now because I donít think I have the vocabulary or even desire to capture this beast, itís like meeting a wild Lion, you just have to be thankful you walked away intact, you wouldnít want to cage such a beautiful monster, allow it to be wild, untamed try not to pin it down too much or the magic is lost. Just one thing though, the palate is to die for, itís like thick velvet caressing and coating your tongue and warming your throat. The only draw back is the slightly untamed alcohol which does ride quite high in the mix, but as the bottle warns: only fools dare, so I canít complain. Stone are truly Demons among men, and Iím beginning to love them for it.
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 Dark fruit aroma. Dark amber appearance. The 11.2 ABV is completely masked in taste. Very good high gravity beer!
kingaugusta (176) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep copper amberwith a fairly frothy light brown head. nose is potent West Coast hopswith a touch of barley sweetness.this beer is aggressive as advertised with tons of hop bitterness balanced against a big sticky barley malt. alcohol is well hidden. A very well made American barleywine
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 The sweet caramel aroma hit me in the face from a foot away. Very strong, and the flavor doesnít disappoint. Textured malts a plenty, with some hops, although not as much as I expected form Stone. Extremely well balanced. Detectable alcohol, although not too much for 10%. After two I was smiling and couldnít stop. I tried. I had one a year ago that was good, and then bought two today from a local beer shop (The Bottle Shoppe, Bellingham, WA) that had been cellared for a year. Aged very, very well.......Highly recommended!!!