MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 22oz - Original rating 01/24/2005 6,3,8,4,17=3.8 - 2004 release - Mild aroma. What is there smells of plums and malt. Dark mahogany with a small tan head and slight lacing. Taste is where this beer takes off. Strong flavor of dark fruit and malt with some hoppiness for good measure. Lingering taste begs for more. Not my favorite Stone brew, but I’ll have it again after it ages.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2005
RERATE 01/04/06 - 22oz - 2005 release - Aroma is a ton of carmel malt. Also toffee, raisin, and a big hop back. Pours deep brown with no head and decent lacing. Flavor is creamy carmel, toffee, raisin, and a strong hop back. It wasn’t until the beer approached room tempature that the hops in the aroma and flavor really stepped forward and slapped me in the face. Palate is sticky, tart, and sweet. Still a bit hot and I wonder how the 2004 in my cellar is holding up. A very tasty brew.
for me, about as over the top as it gets.
the hops with this one stick with you for minutes after each sip.
other than the intense taste and full body, there is not a huge alcohol taste to back up the 10%abv.
maltiness appears in the form of a huge body rather than sweetness, or grainy tastes. that i suppose is my only beef with it, not well balanced or pleasurable enough to warrant its price or rarity. dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2005
Bottled. It pours a rather clear ruby red colour with a big, slightly off-white head. Sweet, cookie and molasses aroma mixed with notes of nuts and dark fruits. Initially it tastes sweet, caramelly and heavily malty. Then, even more so as the beer warms up, cocoa and molasses come to the forefront, and some hints of dark fruits, especially plums. Ends pretty bitter, and the bitterness lingers, but the finish is also quite sweet. It´s between medium- and full-bodied, and has a somewhat smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is well-hidden. I actually expected something more extreme and bitter, but found the bitterness not over-whelming, working rather nicely together with the rest of the flavours and characteristics of this beer. Thanks to saarlander for this one. nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2005
This is a great big brotha beer of the Arrogan Bastard. This 100+ IBU beer is heavilty malty and excellently balanced. Fruity (dates, raisins) in taste and finishes with a mild to medium bitter hops bite.
Get this in the 3L bottle. That’s the best way to drink it. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
2003 bottle. Cloudy chocolate-copper. Lasting thin caramel head. Pervasive aroma of sharp hops and caramel/toffee malt. Flavours of hops, malt and alcohol. Very smooth and not overly thick. Enjoyable to roll around the tongue and savour. I did not find it shocking but perhaps after the Arrogant brother and 100s of beers I should not expect it to be so. Thanks to Kujo9 my 2004 Secret Santa.
mjg74 (3205) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 21, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours a lovely light burgundy color. Aroma is a little sweet and fruity. Malts, prunes and some fig. Alcohol aroma is present. Flavor is lots of hops and malts. Plum and a little roasted quality. Finish is a hoppy bitterness along with a touch of alcohol. Good stuff. Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
I was let down with this beer. 2004 vintage. Definitely has the dark frutiy flavors coming though. Like berrand rugby said, plums, raisons, malt/caramel. A great beer, but I expected more. I could taste the alchy more then I hoped for. Call me a bastard for not raving about it, but it is a good beer that I was just hoping for more out of. beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Bottle, 2004 vintage. darker amber...thin brown head, good lacing. Full ,round, and shifting in nuances...candied dark fruits; plum, raison, dates...rum cake...flavors sharing and changing in the palate. initially the malt flavor characteristics are spotlighted, but then....the bastard let’s loose the dogs of hops! going to battle to balance the malt flavors the hops give dryness, slight oilyness...piney, bitter! mmmm....It all ends with a very round very fully even slightly alcoholic end. This is a wonderful beer to drink slowly and apreciate. Really good. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2005
huge hoppy pineapple aroma. nice amber caramel color. tons of everything in this beer. huge malt, huge hops--very balanced despite all the alcohol. pretty good. mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 13, 2005
This a big beer, but damn good. The aroma is incredibly strong with a battle between citrusy and piney hops. The flavour is actually about as balanced asa beer this big could be. It starts off with some sticky sweet caramel maltiness and then a huge hop crunch with orangey/pine flavours. The mouthfeel is wonderfully resiny and oily. I wish I had more than 1 bottle.