dankbrewqueen (41) - Morongo Valley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An insane brew. Crazy aroma, very dark in color and STRONG! I though the first AB was instense... who was i kidding?! Can’t wait to score the magnum bottle come New Years Eve!
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @ Jakes Bar and Bistro steilacoom, yeah this beer is massive, so massive that I think it deserves a little time out in the cellar@! at least it’s telling you the truth, not watering it down for ya... recently did a vertical of 06-07 at a Stone Beer Dinner at Jake’s and the 06 was my favorite because it had finally mellowed down so you could taste each flavor... 09 is still too young for me! 07 was pretty damn good too!!
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a very slight off-white head. Aroma is hops, raspberries, grapefruit and pine. Taste is VERY bitter with a carbonated bitter pine grapefruit finish. Very nice.
Sourguy83 (40) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maybe I’m not worthy this beer was perfectly clear excellent aroma but just too oily this goes and oily green grassy hops way too over-the-top.
sbaz040 (39) - phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stuff will mess you up.Tastes great and cant taste the alcohol too much. Much better than Arrogant Bastard ale.
But not even close to IPA
BlueRidgeMatt (39) - Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
True to its description this is a powerful presence on the palate. Beautiful reddish brown color and intricate patterns to the lace. Lots of malts and all kinds of other crazy shit I can’t really describe.
RLiddell (39) - Valrico, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Vine and Barley 8/9/2013. Pours a deep reddish brown, almost opaque, aroma is hearty earth with piney hops in the back, taste is an a malty, hoppy explosion of flavor that leave a dry, bitter finish! Damn, this is good!
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is a great brew. 22 oz bottle pours amber color with a little head. Taste is very strong bitterness and hops. If your love Arrogant Bastard you will probably like this, even though this is his older brother. Can be harsh if you let it get warm, but cold tastes great. If you like Stone products you will like this.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 22oz. bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a great creamy tight tan head. Aromas
are max dry-hopped. I could't really drink much of the Arrogant. It's not that I didn't like it. It's just that alot of times my system couldn't handle it. This one I like alot, and my system agrees. Much smoother and more balanced than its younger rambunctious brother. Very little lingering bitterness. Absolutely Perfect. Hoppy. Yes, but its all up front. Extremely quaffable for 10%. Alcohol very well hidden. This beer deserves to be king of this style. By far. Good job Stone.
sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too much of everything. They got it right on the Arrogant Bastard, but they just went too far with this. It's the equivalent of pouring an entire bottle of A1 on a steak, and trying to pass it off as delicious. Too much malty, too much hop, too much caramel.
This is a perfect example of the idea that just because you have the ability to do something doesn't necessaraly mean you should.