gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with red around the bottom of the glass. aroma is of hops chocolate coffee, and toffee. this really is just a cranked up version of the smoked porter. same flavors just more, and more of an alcohol warming feeling, yet still pretty smooth, and very soft mouthfeel. as in the first i'm really not getting any smoke flavor but oh well I still throughly enjoyed this beer too bad i only have one bottle :(
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great porter! Classic stone flavor, very complex + More hops than average porters.
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by LBHH, thanks Glenn. Pours a dark soy sauce with little to no head. Aroma was very hoppy for a porter, but well balanced and driven by smokiness, with hints of dark fruit, cordial cherries, and roasted malts, finished off by a good kick of alcohol. The body is thin, but creamy. Flavor is nice, with lots of smoky malt presence and a port like fruit character.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, hearty aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malt, alcohol and hops. Color is very very dark, but not quite opaque. Good carbonation with a tight, tight tan head that almost looks as if it was poured from a nitro tap! Flavor profile is big and malty! Lots of roasted malt bitterness up front, followed by a smooth creaminess that balances it out nicely. A little smoke in the middle, but not huge, but that's ok. Big body and mouthfeel. Coats the mouth. Finish is slightly hoppy and a little warming. Some wood notes in the finish as well which are very nice. This is a well made beer!
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
a beautiful blaqck color small smell of roasted malts, first sip smooth large dose of chocolate,finnish with a nice smokiness hopp are perfectly balnced perfectlyrepresented
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer. Not exactly what I was expecting from a ’porter’,
but hell, let’s be free thinkers and enjoy (or not) the beer for
what it is. Given the good ratings, I was kind of disappointed.
Interesting, yes. Subtle, no. The beer is nearly opaque, with a
nice nose of tannins, raspberries, hops, smoke/peat, and juniper, among
other things. It has a beautiful, persistent, and fluffy head
with nice legs. The flavor is overpowering; an intensely bitter,
yeasty, smoky melange. More tannins, with the mouthfeel of an
imperial stout. Finishes -- you guessed it -- bitter. Interesting
beer but a little young and wild for this old man.
It might age well.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 This beer is excellent. It just tastes good all the way around. Looks beautiful in a big tall pint mug, perfect amount of carbonations, and a taste that combines lots of roasted grains, dark malt, and finishes with a generous amount of hops. If I could make a plea to Stone, it would be to make this Arrogant Porter year round. Then I would ask them to fund a charitable organization to further R&D in the area of training "Monkey Butlers." If we all pitch in, this dream could someday become a reality. Now I'll drink(~9 beers) to that!
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sometimes you want a porter with a slight kick and this one provides. Beautiful dark chocolate coloring. Roasted grains and chocolate on the nose. Hops are noticeable but don't detract from the porter characteristics.
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
soot black, moderate smoke. little bit of licorice, maybe a touch of black fruit. ample hop bitterness for a porter. some alchohol flavor. revised: upgraded rated a little. came around a bit / flavors seemed more integrated as it warmed up. this beer should be served very close to room temperature - maybe 65F. UPDATE: having a bottle at 68F - seems considerably more balanced / upgraded rating. This beer was clearly engineered for room temperature consumption. Don’t even try unless it’s 60F or warmer.