joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much thanks to Brewfiend for sparing me the dissapointment of having to open my lone bottle of this. Pours a very thick murkybrownish amber, with a tiny tan head. Nice toffee, oaky buttery sweetness with a nice vanilla edge. An assault of flavor, and the floral hops appear out of nowhere on the mid-palate. Nice toffe sweet malt, as well as a deep buttery oaky silkyness. I can’t get over the hops though, they just appear out of nowhere. This is fantastic!
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red muddled mess of translucence pour into my class with a reasonably off white head. The oak notes are immediately detectable. The flavor is overpowering and a bit more malty than the typical bastard. Well balanced, crisp finish...great beer.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. dark brown with a moderate sized tan head. Grapefruit hop aroma is prominent, with alcohol, vanilla and wood character playing second string. Smooth body. Flavor is bitter, as expected, but the oak character is not present to the degree that i would expect. Resinous hop finish, with perhaps a bit of wood and vanilla continuing to the long lasting aftertaste. Not bad, but not as good as i expected.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
muddled orange and brown. aromas of sweet malt, honey and orange. flavor is complex and robust. there’s definitely honey/malt and orange kinda like sugar smacks cereal...rather rich mouth feel and a nice hoppy spice finish. in between the regular ab and the double, but better than both.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured a cloudy brown/amber color with no head. Mild malty smoked wood aroma. Some caramel notes as well as some dark fruit, possibly black raspberries. Very smooth mouth feel. The hops came through on the taste much more than the aroma. There was also notes of the malt, oak, and a smoky undertone that didn’t overpower it. Awesome beer, one that I would love to have again.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel malt and fruit. Taste was of sweet caramel with hints of fruit throughout. Sweet brew.
rshah16 (39) - Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours copper color with lots of thick head. spicy and sweet with a strong caramel taste throughout. slightly sour, hoppy finish. very drinkable and well balanced
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 bottle....appearance: caramel toffee brown in color with light-tannish head which poured with a smooth medium body...aroma: caramel malt, dark fruit, and some sour apple....taste: interesting mix of sweet malt dark fruit, and sour apple. the finish left a slightly bitter hoppy finish. pretty smooth all around
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Thanks to Immy for this gem. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Vanilla, sweetness, spice, fruits and loads of flowery and herbal notes. Flavour as well is quite flowery and herbla. Fruits and spice is notable, and a smooth woody note. Is medium to full bodied. Dry. Spicy light alcohol and woody end with loads of bitterness. Nice.
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 Bottle, courtesy Slob, again, a most generous beer pal, great guy. The pour was frothy, super over-generous head, tannish in color, just huge. The overall beer was amber to copper in color. The aroma was citrus hops (strong citrus hops) some caramel maltiness, no wood, where’s the wood? The flavor was strong citrus hops, light pine hops, tea bag caramel type of a malt base, very nice concoction with wood chips (cedar sawdust is how I would describe it if I didn’t read oak on the bottle), just a beauty. I remember LOVING the double B and enjoying the standard arrogant B, this was right up there between the two perhaps. Mouthfeel was full and hearty, creamy, nice malt depth with great hopping, even if the wood gets lost under all the malt and whamo hops. A very nice beer, and I drink this on Memorial Day Weekend in honor of our troops and over and against our current president who might fit the label of this one quite well. Cheers to Stone, a great brewery, and a great big thanks to Bertie for this baby! Re-rate, 11/07: A nice brew, but the oak is pretty subtle, somewhat to Stone’s credit, yet the arrogant b is the primary part of this beer. Solid numbers, just a bump down in a couple categories.