dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber copper with medium white head, very little lacing. Aroma obvious of hops and oak. Flavor is more mild than AB, but just doesn’t give any extra complexity to the brew, quite disappointing. Not a bad brew anyway, just not better than AB.
Saeglopur (483) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 355 ml bottle, cellared for several months.
Dark copper body, with a medium, creamy, beige head.
Aroma with loads of dried fruits, vanilla, biscuit, some berries, oak.
Taste is pretty hoppy, with citrus, berries, stone fruits, pine, tea, imbedded in lots of smooth malts, like caramel, vanilla, biscuit, with nice, subtle, dry oak notes.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
In the finish there are lots of dry oak notes finally, with bitter, zesty hops and subtle malts.
Tasty! Complex, multifarious and really smooth to drink, all with a quite moderate ABV. The dry oak notes add another enjoyable level. Great beer with a lot of character and good drinkability at the same time!
chribban (214) - SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear, copper-red-brown beer with a lot of yeast parts in the beer.
White-beige, three finger high, fluffy, head thats leaves a LOT of lacing on the glass. Almoust chunk of head left!
Nose: Butter, smoke, oak, wood, vanilla and hops.
Taste: Bread, caramel malt, dried fruit, molasses, grapefruit and oak.
Body: Medium to full body. Great bitterness.
A beatiful beer with an ABV of 7.2% that is very well hidden. Great taste and mothfeel! I recommend it!
JohnGalt1 (620) - , Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/copper pour with a 3/4 inch long lasting light tan head.. great lacing.
Big bitter smell and pine/citrus polished off with freshly sanded wood ... toasted malts and fresh biscuits.
Taste is BIG. BITTER with enough sweetness to balance nicely. There is a looong finish here. Creamy cocoa, vanilla, harsh pine needles and grapefruit bitterness, just simply a thick thick thick palate ... sooo many things going on here ... when said and done, a dry piney/lip smacking woodiness sticks around for ages.
hansongreg89 (10) - CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appears a dark garnet hue and makes a thick creamy offwhite head. The in-your-face chinook hops that are present in regular arrogant bastard ale are nearly gone here and replaced with a very smooth oaky/vanilla. Flavor is very round about the most well balanced I have ever seen from a Stone product. The elements of the chinook hops are again subdued by a velvety layering of vanilla. This is very rich. Medium to full body on the palate with a very creamy finish. I really wish this were a regular offering, it is incredible.
Tsekouratos (384) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - NOV 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby color with a thin beige head, hazy, Aromas of oak, dark fruits, vanilla, alcohol. Taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits, oak, alcohol, vanilla, smoke. Aftertaste is really nice and sweet. Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
GreatDane1632 (660) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated based on notes taken 22 Dec 2011 -- I don’t have many notes for this one other than I gave it a 4/5.
RHutch (11) - Vista, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz bomber one of greatest brews ever...been drinking since they were in San Marcos .nice balance of oak malt hops and the whole shebang. I need not say more...get this stuff.
SuperTiti33 (645) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rousse. Belle mousse. Caramel. Noix. Forte amertume. Bien houblonné. Biscuité. Fruit sec. Finale sèche.
ChrisFields (80) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark bronze with a thin light head. Aromas of caramel, toasty grains, and apricot. Tastes of roasted nuts, smokey wood chips and sweet malt. Medium body with mild carbonation. Overall very good.
Arcadia (51) - DeLand, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ABC. Pours a thick, dark brown with a very thin head; gone almost instantly. Smells of caramel maltiness and faint vanilla. Dark fruits abound. The oak taste definitely comes through for me. Full bodied, oily, thick mouthfeel and a really smooth finish. Acquire.
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