DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Deep copper pour under a thin tan head that does a pretty quick vanishing act. Complex aromas of molasses, dark fruits, yeast, alcohol, and some floral hops. Oily, resinous, medium full mouthfeel supports flavors of sweet caramel, raisins, prunes, and roasted malt. As the hops begin to show themselves, notes of grapefruit and orange peel start drying things out for a nice balanced bitter finish. As things warm up, this bad boy really begins to shine. Stone rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. jrob21 (3760) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Aw hell yeah. This one has been one of my favorites so far. See arrogant bastard rating for the history. Big caramel flavors. Lots of sugar and a great malty mouth coating. Full bodied but still drinkable. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Bomber. Pours a copper color with a quickly dissapating tan head, giving off a floral-citrusy aroma. Flavor is strong...grapefruit, carmely malts quicky give way to an attack of strong hoppy flavor. Very bitter on the back and aftertaste with a slight warming alcohol tied at the very end. A tad unbalanced but really, I expected the hops to be a bit overpowering (though not as overpowering as some, nor as floral). Very good, it’s a fairly easy to drink beer despite the desciption, though I don’t think more than one of thses bombers in a night would be such a good idea. hayduke (5599) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2008 22 oz Bottle. Poured dark copper-amber with nice medium tan head. Tastes just like Arrogant Bastard to me except on steroids. Strong hops and malts give give this a lot of flavor One sip of this and you know you have a eal ale on your hands. Again, this is everything a craft beer should be. Stone does not have a lot of offerings, but each and every one is superb. This is another winner.
Update. Picked up some 2007 bottles...drank one...yep, still good as every. Put a couple in the cellar to age. Will try one again next Christmas to see what a year does for it. Ratman197 (15094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear, dark copper with a small amber head. Aromas of plum, vanilla and brown sugar. Palate was light bodied and slightly syrupy. Flavors of sweet dark fruit with a warming bitter finish.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Reddish brown, with a creamy tan head. Aroma is full of hops, malt and alcohol. You can tell this one will bite you. Flavor si bitter with hops, roasty malt. Metallic aftertaste and lots of apricot. Body is thick and cloying. Respect this beer. I’m glad I had Segfault to share it with. It’s mighty and it’s might good. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2006
From the bottle, pours an opaque medium brown with a thin off-white head. Very interesting aroma....very malty, roasted barley, some caramel. Tastes like it smells, plus a fair amount of bitter hops at the end. There’s a hint of chocolate in there too. This is a good one, but I’m not sure I’d rank it in the 100th percentile. blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a clear bubbly ruby with an average size lasting off-white head. Aroma of funky hops with a nice amount of caramel malt and some dark fruit. Flavour -- holy shit, that’s almost like a Barley Wine. LOTS of hops with some dark fruit, malt, wood and alcohol. Full bodied and fairly well balanced but still one of the harder Stone beers to drink -- perhaps I am not fully worthy. Still, it’s one fine Ale and I will attempt to prove my worthyness again and again. jefcon (1906) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Mostly amber with a ruby hint and a tight, dissipating head. Aromas are light, some clove/citrus, some whisky barrel. Extremely aggressive on the hops, no effort to hide the alcohol. Long, musky finish. Lots of bravado throughout, but to limited effect. It lacks the balance and depth that malts give an ale. In spite of this, the beer is pretty clean. I’m probably being a bit harsh with it (it’s still quite good), but I probably expected a bit more. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2006
A little dissappointing... hops were extremely aggresive, way too bitter and acidic, rather than highlighting aroma. Very malty nose and flavor, strong alcohol presence. A good beer, but a little "too much," though I guess that’s the point. Tastes mostly like a hopped-up english barley wine.