OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle 22oz - I’m tired of crappy little beers tonight.. time to get a big boy out of the cellar - Pours cherry red with a beautiful tan head that almost overblew the trappist glass then settled back to about an eighth of an inch. The nose is of plums and raisins and a touch of smoke over big malts. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, plums, raisins, sweet malts, and a distant smoke flavor all come to the forefront. Very complex and tasty and the alcohol is covered quite well in this beer. On the palate this is medium bodied and quite sticky with a fine bitter dry alcoholic finish that warms you right up. This is really a terrific beer and quite worth it’s rating. Seems an aweful lot like a barley wine to me though. Delicious! OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Couleur rougeâtre tirant vers le brun, abritée d’une faible mousse beige et partiellement diminuante. Arômes très puissants et concentrés en houblon affichant aussi des raisins secs, des dattes des figues et des grains de café dans un bain d’alcool. D’une part très florale; pétales de fleurs mouillées et de l’autre part, amérisant rappelant le zeste d’orange et une foret de conifères recouverte d’un tapis de résine. Résine de houblon, encre bleu, malt caramel et toffee en bouche. La quantité d‘alcool semble nettement supérieure au pourcentage indiqué sur la bouteille, avec le temps, elle devient de plus en plus présente en arômes et nous brûle sur son passage. Texture sirupeuse et résineuse, corps d’une épaisseur remarquable, niveau de carbonatation actif et adéquat au breuvage. Un justifiable abus de houblon. Bouteille, Charlie’s street Liquor, Boston Janvier 2005. mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
bottle obtained in Phoenix roughly six months ago. I love the stories silkscreened on the bottles! fluffy white bread-like head. murky copper/cherry colour. Aroma consisted of a boatload of hops, funky cheese, yeast, and perhaps a little bit of citrus. Huge body, hoppy as hell...alcohol is quite evident. very long lingering bitter finish. well crafted, which is no surprise coming from Stone, but I prefer the Arrogant Bastard. Dave420 (55) - O.C, California, USA - MAY 20, 2005
eww. One of the nastiest beers ive ever drank. My friends brother gave it to my buddy, then he gave it to me becuase it was too gross to finish. Tasted way too much like laundry detergent and battery acid for me to gut. It also gave me pretty bad heartburn Disgusting. HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Murky dark copper with a nice tan head and great lacing. Big plum/raisin malt nose. Malt up front with a great bitter back ground. Lots of lingering bitterness. Very smooth and silky texture. Good beer.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Had this one straight from the bottle. Malty aroma with a strong, bitter hoppy flavor that kicks you in the mouth. Lingering hop flavor that lasts and lasts. Good beer if you are ready for a smack in the head. Zeswaft (1786) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Rerate. There’s just too much noticeable alcohol in this beer. Arrogant Bastard is better.
I came across this at a tiny wine store in Roanoke Virginia and couldn’t believe my eyes. Never had anything quite like it. Pours reddish brown and offwhite head. Malt dominates but a strong hop bitterness is present. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada bigfoot barleywine. Alcohol present in after taste. Outstanding
Tmoney99 (15133) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle. Good brew. Dark brown hazy hue with a average frothy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt and smoky tone. Flavor is heavy with a long bitter finish. Medium to full body with a moderate alcohol finish. TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Deep, Amber, Ruby Red. Tan, off-white head. Malt aroma with an alcohol-nut profile, somewhat brandy-like. Sweet malt blended nicely with a nice alcohol kick. Hops kick in afterwards, bitterness mixing nicely. OOps, well, my gums are numb now, and i am having trouble typing. This is delicious, potent stuff. Very alcoholic, and it shows in the taste and aroma. I think masochists will love, and serious strong ale lovers too. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a very bubbly tan head. Caramelly malty aroma. Strong malt flavor with a sweet hoppy finish. You can definately taste the alcohol, but it’s much smoother than I expected for something so potent. Great stuff!