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.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 2004 bomber: Wow! That was my first impression. Having been a long fan of Stone Beer I had high expections but not really sure what to expect.
Aroma is a fruitierwith a hint of spiced candied fruit.
Flavor is sweeter than the arrogant bastard, more blended and balanced, an almost spiced kick behind the most delicious malt flavor ever.
High in alcohol, but not quite as prominante in taste compared to the ABA.
Once you adjust to how powerful this ale is, its pure beer indulgence.
Second bottle a few days later further improved my opinion of this beer.
Top it all off with one of the coolest bottle designs I have ever seen.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dude, all I can say is, "Gnarly." This beer is pissed, and loves it. So do I; it is sweet, hopped all to Hell, highly alcoholic, and is dark as a stormy sky at twilight. If you love hops and aggression, this is your beer.
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The bigger brother of the Arrogant Bastard and more intense in every way except for harshness. It is actually smoother than the regular one, but that alcohol rating will sneak up on you. Great beer that really shows the talent of Stone Brewing Co.
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Double Bastard. Huge props to BeerNinja for opening it.
22oz poured into a pint glass. Aroma caresses my nostrils with an aggressive, fruity, malty, caramely scent. Pours a deep, dark, chocolate with a creamy cappuccino head. Hops, caramel, resin, malt, and more hops. This thing is sweet, aggressive yet pleasant. You can tell its gonna buzz you up, but it doesn’t taste boozy. Very special indeed. This ale is indulgent...just a creamy, sweet, full bodied dessert beer, like a liquid glass of alcoholic bread pudding. Well done Stone. Hope I happen to be around when he opens his 2003 bottle.
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reddish brown liquid with large light tan head. Plenty of thick lacing.
Complex smells of caramel malt, honey, apples, and alcohol balanced well with some citrusy hops.
The fun continues with some light fruit taste maybe pineapple and a little apple. Lots more caramel malt taste followed by a roasted malt taste. The transitions continue from sweet to spicy. Good spicy hops with plenty of pleasant alcohol warming.
Smooth thick syrupy feel. The only thing that keeps this beer from being a perfect five is the overly dry spicy feel left ten minutes later that leaves my mouth feeling like I just woke up (yeah you know that feeling). Other than that, this is one of the most complex and delicious beers I’ve had. Thank you again Greg Koch/Stone Brewing.
asmithbeer (70) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 Lighlty hoppy and perfume smell. Medium amber color with decent head. Flavor is medium hoppy and slighlty sweet/acetic, good complexity and finish.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice thick brew with a mostly malt flavor. Dry and crisp though. Slightly harsh. Decent but not complex enough of a flavor to be one of my fav’s.
ian2000gsxr (69) - USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 dark brown wtht hints of red... strong hoppy aroma with a sweetness..taste is initially very sweet and then transitions into strong hop bitterness.. lingering aftertastes. warming of the chest from the alcohol. a stronger AB. very good and as expected my friend who usually drinks coors light didn’t like it at all. his loss!
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love Arrogant Bastard, but I loved this one even more. Oddly, I thought it was a little more subdued than the Arrogant, which really attacks your taste buds. Pours a deep brown color with little head or lacing. Sweet malt, caramel flavor, hops are not overly done here, surprisingly. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Awesome beer.