ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Tapped at Lucky Baldwins Stone party. I think age has treated this beer incredibly. It was me and my brothers favorite of the day and we tried nearly all of them. Huge creamy texture with roasted malts. It was so good, I wonder how I might have rated this upon release. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Appearance: This beauty pours a clear dark amber color with a tan head.This is a nice looking beer. 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Aroma: The nose of this arrogant brew is fruity and hoppy.
Palate: The tip of your tongue is hit by citric hops, but just as it seems like the flavors are headed toward grapefruit and over the top hops-land, the malts kick in and balance this baby out. Wow. I loved it. It goes down so smoothly
well it doesnt smell like a bag of hops, bullshit. a cool dirty clayish color with a lill head. Ya, its really light and sweet up front but follow up with a solid flow of nothing but tha bitters. I can dig it, its a different twist on the big hop flavor known to stone. Grapfruit anyone? Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 It reminds me of when I used to eat greapgruit with sweet and low on it. Leaves a film on the tongue. Nice copper color. Aftertaste is grapefruit with hoppy acidity. ReRate 040205: I detect a lot more yeastiness than before. Reminds me of the 10th Anniversary ,Wolf Dog, Flying Dog, double pale ale I had recently. This is different than I remember. Very malty and caramely. I knocked it down 0.1 points. It was much better in its prime. andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Beautiful dark amber color with a gorgeous, pillowy head of tiny bubbles. I'm getting mostly bannana in the nose, with a hint of pine trees as if I was at my old summer camp in Maine. Taste is of rich, chewy malts with a big hoppy finish, typical Stone, but not redundant of all. I wish I had tried the Stone Pale Ale as a basis of comparison. So hoppy, it's almost an IPA, but it is too malty for that style. Once again, Stone has treated us to a tremendously balanced, big brew. Enjoy this one while you can.
SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 (Re-rate 12-30-04. This one has smoothed and mellowed with some age. The malts are much more prominent, rich and sweet with hops still in evidence by not as dominant. Finishes with a strong spicyness to accompany the milder grapefruit and pine flavors.) Original Rating: Wow, another hop monster from Stone. Pours amber-orange with a small white head that diminished rapidly leaving a thin ring of bubbles and some lacing. Aroma is potent, bold toasted malts, honey, lemon grass, cloves and pepper. Flavor is in your face, rich with lots of malt and assertive hops giving way to a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, modestly carbonated and smooth drinking - especially after sitting in the glass for an hour. Like their regular pale ale mixed with equal parts of Arrogant Bastard and Ruination IPA. 5/22/04 Update. Pulled a bottle from my cellar to try at about the 9 month mark. The hops have mellowed and softened a bit. More of the rich maltiness shines through now. Still delicious. MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 22 oz. bottle. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Pours a warm, lively amber with copper edges. A puffy tan head starts out well, at a full finger thick, then fades to a thin cap. Fair amount of lacing. Well balanced aroma with a hefty dose of West Coast high alpha acid hops (lots of citrus and a touch of a floral note) on top of a sweet, slighty caramelly and bready malt base. The first thing on my palate is pine resin, then the rest of the hop flavors open up: grapefruit, lemon peel, orange zest... The malts are quite sweet, which contrast well with the hop bitterness. Faint suggestions of earth and bread. There's a small flush of alcoholic warmth that grows on the tail end. Finishes cleanly bitter, with a considerable sweet undercurrent. Medium in body, with a rich fullness that is aided by Stone's typical undercarbonation that lends a syrupy mouthfeel. My only complaint is that the malt sweetness borders on cloying once it warms up a bit. A well done, and decidedly 'Stone-tasting,' pale ale.
The pour is translucent deep amber to burnish copper color, the head gigantean in size and spumescent in texture, the color a winsome light tan and as it dematerializes the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Sweet malt dominates the nose, with an underlying hint of the hop flowers, citrus crisp and fresh, quite a treat. Start is ambrosial and thickly malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate and the finish ferine in its acidic bite, tart, hops are magnificent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer and a winner in my book. Think I will lay down a few bottles to sample over the next several years. BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Bottle: poured an dark golden/slightly redddish color with a small white head. Head didn't stay long. Had a fruity, hoppy aroma. It seems to have alot of barleywine characteristics in that it is fruity, malty, and hoppy, and all well-balanced. Has a sweet flavor to it with a crisp dry finish. Hides the alcohol well and still warms you up as you drink it. Some caramel in there and almost seems slightly spicy too. Humm???? Terminus (3721) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Has that Stone signature hop characteristic from what I assume is Chinook hops. But not the quite the bitterness of Ruination or Arrogant Bastard.
Yes, another winner from Stone.
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!