sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2006
An excellent malty like Bonds like brother of the original. Its almost too much to handle but the boys at Stone Brewery do it right. There is a surprising malty aroma to the normal Stone metallic aroma goodness. The inital taste impressions are deep and vast with malt, hops and a heavy freaking note of citrus. the second thing to go is the malt, being 10% you had to expect is somewhere. It finishes surprisingly smooth. a great beer! smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - SEP 20, 2006
big sticky, citrusy and strong. what else do want in a beer. similar to arrogant but not as grapfruity and far more sticky sweet. excellent beer. drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2006
this is my favorite stone beer so far. i had this out of the huge three liter bottle that was about a year old. great huge beer! citrus taste but had a great maltiness to back it up. better than arrogant, easily. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 2005 finallly found one of these. Aroma was of light alcohol and a lot of breadiness. The flavor had a lot of sweetness, caramel, breadiness, and some hope bite. I was expecting this to be a lot hoppier but i guess my bottle was a year old. I will have to try a new bottle when it comes out. This was still very good, but should be listed as a barleywine i think.
Rerate: 2006 bottleAbout the same rating on a lot fresher and better stored bottle. A lot more hop presence. Not so much in the aroma but a lot of flavoring and bittering hops. Alcohol was pretty prominate in aroma. Intense beer, very good. BrewerDub (34) - USA - SEP 7, 2006
wow, this is a strong brew. Very strong malt and hop flavors. Had a somewhat fruity smell to it. very nice.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Have damn mercy. If this beer isn’t enough to satisfy your taste buds then your and alien. It has enough flavor and alcohol to make this a one beer wonder. Strong malt, hop, and alcohol flavors. One of the ultimate brews. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Bomber, 2005 release. Clear dark copper-ruby with a light tan frothy head, leaving sheets of lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt, brown sugar, a bit of chocolate even. Fruity notes as well- black cherry, plum, raisin. Very complex flavor- dark rich maltiness and alcohol, nice warmth, hops come through now and then. Some charred oak and vanilla on the finish. This would make a perfect fireside beer on a snowy night. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Bottle. Pours a dark amber/reddish-orange color with a fine, almost frothy cream colored head. Aroma is rather pungent; sweet and malty with citrusy sweetness and hints of alcohol, bourbon especially, and vanilla (with other spices that I can’t really pick out specifically). Also some nice earthy notes and pineyness. Flavor has a nice balanced bitterness with a chewy hoppiness that I didn’t expect from the aroma. Nice alcohol notes at the end that pairs nicely with the dry finish. I do wish there was some of that spice and citrus I picked up in the aroma, but still a very nice tasting beer. Palate is nice; good carbonation, but a tad syrupy. Great beer, one of Stone’s better offerings. Rerate - brewed 10/07 - boozier than I remember. I’m not sure what keeps them from calling this a barley wine. Wretchedhalo (11) - USA - AUG 3, 2006
Scary beer.. grapefruit flavor lingers and very carbonated. i got the half gallon bottle for $70.00 with the chain and lock on it Boutip (6372) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of heavy sweet malt with a strong dose of bitter hops. Taste is really sweet with a heavy dose of sweet malt plus a strong bitter hops presence. Body is above average with no discernable trace of alcohol. Very good try at bringing a lot of extreme side to a beer while conserving some balance.