eaglefan538 (2920) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Re-rate, 11/09, bottle from SL: Quite the same as my previous experience. Rating unchanged. Black-IPA type style with some red-IPA type elements. Original Rating: Bottle from Topps in Tempe. Pour was dark brown color, generous off white to light tan in color, very nice retention, great lacing. The aroma was piney-citrus, caramel amber type malts, light roast though. The flavor was grapefruit citrus, some pine, caramel red/amber malts, dry bitter rye aspects, faint dry roast elements. Full, almost airy mouthfeel, firm carbonation. Much like a dry imperial red ale, a nice concoction, not my favorite stye, though.
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big aroma promises a balance in flavor between sweet and bitter, but the flavor is anything but balanced. Instead, it leans heavily on the bitter side. Still, a good, tasty beer. Dark body like Coke and fizzy like Coke, too. Lots of lacing. Aroma filled with citrus ó grapefruit and orange ó as well as cotton cancy and strawberry. The flavor is heavily bitter and moderately sweet ó like chewing on a very bitter orange peel. Medium body with lively carbonation. Texture is a bit watery and slightly sticky in the finish.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Black with tan head. Nose of wet grassy hops, fruity hops, intense floral perfume (read: pretty darn hoppy), with some nice toasty caramel and brown sugar malts coming through. Flavor is sweet with toasty malt and sticky hops, with some citrus hops twang and a healthy dose of hops bitterness. Full and creamy palate, really tasty stuff. Honestly seemed like some food coloring was dumped in the Arrogant Bastard-- not a bad thing, mind you, just not what I was expecting. I didnít get much in the way of roasted/harsh/burnt notes or twangy dark malt notes that I would have expected, and perhaps that was the point. I think it would have been a little more interesting to have some porter or stout-like malt characteristics thrown in. The black color was cool and interesting, but in almost a superficial way. All this criticizing aside, great freakiní stuff!
jhwarfield (125) - USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black a bit like flatish coke. Small pebbly brown head. moulases flavor.
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW!!!!!!!! This is heaven. Poured a rich dark brown with a light brown head. I was instantly overcome by the aroma of hops that no other IPA could recreate.The next 20 minutes were amazing! I have to get more of this! Thank you GandGKevin.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A BLACK IPA? And a great one at that! Poured as black as the Ace of Spades, with a nice head that reduced to a lice lacing throughout the experience. Wonderful mouthfeel as the hops explodes in your mouth. Very pleasent aftertaste.
thanks to Matt for going to VA and bringing me back 2 bottles. Now I have to sweat as to when to drink the second, now or later!
kramer (5329) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle, thanks to MrBendo for picking this up for me. Pours a clear dark brown body under a fizzy foamy one inch beige head with decent retention. Lots of intricate lacing. The nose is green piney hops with a nice slightly sweet malt base. A little nutty malt, coffee, and light alcohol. Quite unique really. Canít say that I really care for the flavor though. The heavy handed piney hops hops donít meld too well with the nutty roasted dry malts. Iíd like some sweetness to balance this out. Some weird spiced cola and herbal notes on the finish, almost medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little to no stickiness and moderate fizzy prickly carbonation. Gotta say, this didnít do it for me. It was just way too medicinal tasting.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant floral aroma predominates. Dark with a solid hefty tan head. Flavor is of course strongly bitter, with an interesting pine component. Roasted malt also comes through. Overall, balanced, but a little too heavy on the bittering hops.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: HOLY PISS is this one dark, nearly black, large frothy light brown head, spotty lacing.   Looks like a flippín Stout.
Typical Stone hop nose, strong yet with a subtle sweetness.   However, this one yields some rather large roasted malt qualities.
Kinda reminds me of a subtle Schwarzbier, with a HUGE hop base.   Decent amount of malts, but certainly on the hop side.
Lingering bitterness, and might I say a strange roastiness.   Odd to have a beer that is so IPA like yet has this strong roasted malt
presense.   Backside shows some citrus rind like qualities.   To be expected for a Stone, and quite welcomed.   Decent beer,
enjoyable, but a little odd.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Donít let the dark color fool you, its roasty, but not as
aggressive as you might think.   Different, but enjoyable.   Iíve got one more to sample thanks to dirty_martini!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle: Pours deep brown with a lacing inducing, tan head. Lots of bright, citrusy hops hover above a chocolate and roasted malt nose. Rindy and bitter from the start, the body is nicely balanced with hops and malts. Notes of caramel, toffee and coffee interplay with the rindy hops. Finishes bitter - almost like Ruinition bitter.