OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle - Pours amber and fairly clear with a nice tan head with good staying power and nice lacing. Beautiful look. Aroma is caramel malts and nice piney sticky hops, a touch of vanilla can also be found. Flavor is slight bitterness but soon overtaken by sweet caramel and vanilla notes. Smooth and very well blended on the palate. Nothing agitating about this just smooth drinking after all these years it has held up pretty well. Kind of a nice APA on steroids.. I liked it..
SpringsLicker (3133) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I propose a toast with glass number 1000.
To all members and contributors of this site who have taught me so much about beer! You took in a newcomer some 20 months ago and taught me about beer. Then you let me taste them with you! You traded your local specialties with me, you poured out your rarities for me to taste at gatherings, and some of you just sent me tasty treats to try for no reason at all! Youíve taught me about beer in your forums, your ratings and magazine articles. My homebrew has benefited from what youíve taught me.
Hereís to all of the RateBeer community!
I have before me another beer, one amongst thousands, but one which seems completely appropriate for this occasion. Sent to me by ClarkVV so long ago. Thanks Clark and it was great to meet you in Montreal!
This pours out with a huge head of off-white supported by a cloudy body of deep orange/amber. The head sticks to the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes, leaving the room perfumed with rich caramel malts and piney hop aromas. Some vanilla meets the nose up close. The tongue is greeted by a wave of bitterness which is quickly balanced out by the underlying caramel malt flavors. The finish is long and smooth and nicely bitter. This is maltier than the average IIPA, yet hoppier than the average American Strong Ale. Definitely Stone all the way. This was probably somewhat Arrogant in itís youth, but I canít imagine it ever having been better than it is at present. Nice rounded edges aged to perfection. The alcohol is well hidden but I can sense that itís there. I wish this one was still sitting around on the shelves here, Iíd grab a few more!
HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 years later. A very memorable beer. Take an Arrogant Bastard, turn it down a notch, add a bit of vanilla and drink it just below room temp. This beer is what I think makes Stone great. @ years later and the balance is even greater. Such a treat! Share this with a friend. Great malt sweetness, striking aroma and a finish that lasts for days. Cheers!
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Special thanks to BBB63 for this gem. Poured a dark and hazy auburn orange that wasnít easily visible through, however, no floaties or sediment to be found. Created a layer of head but it would break up quickly leaving behind small patches of foam. Aroma has a moment of fruitness while also showing its malt and caramel character. Some hops in the nose to be but very faint. In the flavor, i can tell it has lost some of its initial freshness because of its transformed malt and sweet caramel profile, but a small yet ever presence of hop hides in the background. Hops are still both floral and bitter overall. Also, a small resemblance to fig and some other type of fruit; perhaps raisin. Carbonation is weak but with a clean and dry ending in the finish. Again, i should be so ever thankful to BBB63 for giving me the chance at this two year old beer, since it seems to have almost dissappeared off the face of the earth.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours orange/amber with film for head. Huge sweet caramel malt aroma, faint hops in the background. Flavor very much the same with some dry smokiness in the finish. Very well done.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 years old. Pours a thick deep orange with a creamy white head. Aroma is big malt and big hops(still). Hops taste is big, but seem mellowed. Great malty background. I would have liked to try this one fresh. This beer is huge. Enourmous mouthfeel.
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head with light carbonation. Reduces slowly. Nice caramel malt aroma with plenty of hops. Bit of bread and biscuits. Color is a medium golden amber. Malty flavor with more caramel, hops and a bit of spices. Thick palate from the abundance of malts. A nice watered down version of the arrogant bastard. Finish is thick and coating with plenty of malts. Nice alcohol warming. I am liking this more and more as I drink it. Stone strikes again!
Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Lots of caramel with a light hop balance in the aroma. Pours a transparent orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and light banana bread up front. Hops are very subdued at this point but are still present. Reminds me a lot of an aged barely wine. Would have really like to have tried this a little more fresh.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pailhead. Ruby colored with nice off-white head. Good lacing. Malty sweet BW aroma, boozy and slightly oxidized in the nose. Malty sweet up front with tobacco and slight oxidation for flavors. Only slight bitterness from hops remains. Nice.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on bottle)(on bottle) Had this baby a bit too warm, so...Earthy, lightly rotten + some a snag of strawberries; cool. Very malty beer and a tad too sweet, like a heavy bock. Slightly burning finish, in all the sugarness.