JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3L bottle ala BrockLander, I think I still owe you John. Shared at during the Badger @ Rainbow Warrior game. Served in a somewhat non traditional 3L weissbier glass. Lightly hazed light chestnut color with a full light beige head (looked somewhat like moguls). Full rich aromas that looking back at the regular ABA are quite different. This may have been slightly older, as I didn’t drink it right away as the bottle directs, but I don’t think the age hurt the brew, though a bit of the hops ma have subsided. An oak chest filled with dark fruits of figs cherries, and dates. Mild vanilla and dough as well as some dark malts and caramel seem to cover the fruit. Full mellow brew graces the lips. Has some real doppelbock qualities along with mild port. Finish seems to have a slightly harsh wood flavor. Still a most relaxing and enjoyable brew. Always great fun sharing a BIG glass of beer.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 Magnum. Finally broke down and bought one, and it was worth it. Pours light mahongany with a ring of foam as the head. The aroma is full of caramel, malt and oak. The taste is phenomenal. The oak tamed the previous Arrogant Bastard, making it seem deeper and mellowed in taste. The malt is sweeter and the hops are more flavorful, but without the bite. Its almost like a scotch finished in a sherry cask. I really hope this one finds a permanent place place in Stone’s lineup.
***Update. This has now come out in a 12-oz 6 pack.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3L bottle, courtesy of JPDIPSO - thanks John! Haz,y muddy caramel in color with a milky overlay and sudsy crème rungs on the outskirts. Aroma heightens the anticipation, with bourbon, cherry mash, peat, fig extract, rhubarb and raspberry cream cheese danishes. So much going on! Bourbon and rye exploit the flavor. The non-oaked flavor whomph is mellowed supremely. Soda bread and pumpernickle half-loaves further the mission. Cherry vibes coalescing with a portly, mulled cranberry like concoction. Richly smooth with a bittersweet finish.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Drafting Room. Pours a red/brown color with a medium, foamy beige head. The aroma was oak and carmel. Flavors were oak, carmel, some toasted malt, subtle, smoke, and a small citrus hint in the finish. Alcohol really mellowed out. Very good.
DocLock (8185) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at the Drafting Room. Wow. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. The pour was turbid brown with a 1-finger light tan, milkshakey head. The aroma was of oaky bourbon, some caramel malts, hops, and berry esters. The taste was caramel malty initially, with a mid-palate burst of slightly rauchy, fruity, oaky bourbon. Very creamy palate, and dense. I’d love to side-by-side this with Insanity. As it warmed, it gained the character of a fine bourbon, and I yearned for a cigar to accompany it. This one is outstanding!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown color with a thin offwhite head. Very appealing aroma of oak, malt and caramel. Very good flavor of oak, roasted malt and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Excellent !
sloth (2569) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft@ KSBF. Poured a small tan head, good retention and a solid sticky lace.Hazy brown color. Arrogant nose blended with lumber. Body is med/full, prickly carbonation. Lotsa malt, prominent woody notes add another dimension to the Arrogant one. Subdued hops and a light roastiness with a tinge of vanilla just add to ride. Medium sweet malts and a groovy woodiness in the finish. Lived up to my expectations, course i,m a Stoner.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gratitude for the lofty head and caramel malt aptitudes. Stark resinous hop buds mark the berry fruitiness.
An upbeat hopbeat pulses away its citrusy fervor and earthy flavors and bitterness. Caramel and roasted malts are subdued in their apport, battling with both massive hops and agressive carbonation. Maybe too hop verbose for most, bordering on overdose, but me likey when I feel uppity. ;)
Increased water pressure in the shower sure wakes you up.
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy beautiful orange-copper pour that displays a huge dark beige head. Balanced and complex americanized hop-malt monster surprises with powdered cocoa notes amidst the bready and thick malts, fully letting the way to the heavily earthy, rooty, soily hops bearing a bite of citrus. Mango fruitiness, well contained oak and pepper peak through, but it fails to really impress due to a pronounced astringency and more acidity than I’d like. Dry medium body, powdery texture, not too bitter, quite alcoholic.
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest (connoisseur session). Poured a darker amber color with an averaged off white head. Woody aroma with light vanilla. I found the woodiness to really come out in the flavor (a lot stronger vs. the aroma). Malts in hops in there as well. Lighlty sweet.