zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [22 oz. bottle] Poured a creamy amber color with a thin but lasting white head. Strong sweet and caramel aroma with a hint of hops and earth notes. Good initial malt taste that gives way quickly to a surprisingly sweet hoppy backbone with citrus notes and a smooth, sweet malt finish. Very nicely blended with a slightly bitter finish. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
22oz bottle shared at DLD 08 by bbb63. thanks mike! pours amber with white head. nose and the flavor is a bit oxidized and the hops have really faded but they are still hanging on and its not bad at all. glad i got to try this. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Clear caramel color body with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, some light hops. Sweet caramel flavor. Thanks to Numenor for his generous pour of this beer. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Thanks to Numenor for sharing this at the "2nd Richmond Gathering," and to CaptainCougar for sending this bottle out! Never thought I would have a chance to try this one. Medium orange, still quite a decent head. Big aroma of caramel and toffee. Flavor matched, with some slight notes of oxidation playing alongside strong hop bitterness. Hops were still a significant presence here, but have lost some of their flavor punch over time. Rich and tasty overall. I’m sure I would have gone bonkers over this one on its initial release. RERATE as part of the 2008 VRBT. Notes almost identical, aroma has lost 1 point. Past prime, but good. DYCSoccer17 (3697) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Cellared bottle. Sweet, sweet candy sugar aroma with orangey hop hints. A bit of earthiness and spiciness. Mellow aroma. Mostly transparent red-amber color with a smallish off-white head. Mellow caramelly, very caramelly and a bit of roasted maltiness to start off. A small amount of spiciness and hoppinness to finish with a touch of ethanol as well. Orange flavors are also sprinkled in there. The hops have probably faded and this is probably a touch past its prime, but it is still damn tasty.
Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 Bomber bottle-thanks to everybody on the ratebeer forum for their kind words of wisdom-this one was for you!!!
Aroma full of sugar coated hops-similar to a barleywine. Appearance was a nice garnet color(quite a bit lighter than the Arrogant bastard). Flavor when first detected was huge malt that tingled the tongue followed by that dose of amarillo, athanum and whatever hop they used in this. As this warmed, the balance became more evident-the hops became more apparent and the alcohol was less detected. Definately another great accomplishment by Stone! Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
SpringsLicker (3638) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2005
buffalohead brought along this which we tasted side by side with the recent 13th Anniversary. This has held up suprisingly well for six years; I was expecting a total mess by now instead of a beer that simply is almost hopless.
Aroma / Appearance - The malts have taken over leaving very little of what must have been hops at the start. The age was evident by the slight flatness and the way that everything mixed together.
Flavor / Palate - Drinking like a barleywine or old ale that has lost all hops it was smooth for the most part with an orangy malt aftertaste. Not totally flat there was a trace amount of carbonation even after all this time. If you have one I would not wait any longer; if you happen across it I would probably pass unless you like beer that is past its prime. Either way thanks Jeff!
I propose a toast with glass number 1000.
To all members and contributors of this site who have taught me so much about beer! You took in a newcomer some 20 months ago and taught me about beer. Then you let me taste them with you! You traded your local specialties with me, you poured out your rarities for me to taste at gatherings, and some of you just sent me tasty treats to try for no reason at all! You’ve taught me about beer in your forums, your ratings and magazine articles. My homebrew has benefited from what you’ve taught me.
Here’s to all of the RateBeer community!
I have before me another beer, one amongst thousands, but one which seems completely appropriate for this occasion. Sent to me by ClarkVV so long ago. Thanks Clark and it was great to meet you in Montreal!
This pours out with a huge head of off-white supported by a cloudy body of deep orange/amber. The head sticks to the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes, leaving the room perfumed with rich caramel malts and piney hop aromas. Some vanilla meets the nose up close. The tongue is greeted by a wave of bitterness which is quickly balanced out by the underlying caramel malt flavors. The finish is long and smooth and nicely bitter. This is maltier than the average IIPA, yet hoppier than the average American Strong Ale. Definitely Stone all the way. This was probably somewhat Arrogant in it’s youth, but I can’t imagine it ever having been better than it is at present. Nice rounded edges aged to perfection. The alcohol is well hidden but I can sense that it’s there. I wish this one was still sitting around on the shelves here, I’d grab a few more! aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2004
This one is starting to show its age. In other words, if you have it, drink it. It’s a deep amber with a dense, small head. There’s a slight haze to the beer that gradually clears as it warms. There’s a distinct cookie-like aspect to the malt in the aroma and the flavor and maybe some slight oxidation. The hops are mainly present in the bitterness in the back of the flavor. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm. Orangeish color with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, must and spice. Flavor of flowers, yeast, spice, earth, fruit. A bit strange and couldn’t get a good read on alot of it. That being said, it was still an interesting and nuanced beer.