DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Fine caramel topnotes--with a delicate, rich toasty finish. Hint of tawny port. Very pleasing. (22 oz bottle from the cellar) icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 Protracted trace of roasted acrimony followed by the perfume tang of intoxicating various rudiments thrown in a swirl of tastes not tasted that are unable to throw into a single category. (It’s a decent porter IMHO) In other words, its a fun experemental one time beer to try; but still lives under the shadow of its older siblings. Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
@ Immy Backyard Throwdown. It poured a dark brown. It had a strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma and taste. Beerly There (26) - Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Nice reddish brown color which extends to the decent head. Aroma is sweet, malty and caramelly. The taste is brown sugar/ toasted malt.
The alcohol really isn’t evident. The hops are mild by Stone’s standards and come on in the end. They are grapefruitish and slightly metallic. An all right beer but weak compared to their previous anniverary offerings. kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Another excellent addition to the Stone lineup. Very warming, lingering malt flavors. The vanilla/bourbon influence is pleasantly clear. Not nearly as hoppy as most of Stone’s other brews, but I like the focus on malt in this one.
vtrain (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Thin head. Nice deep red color. Nose has a big grape, some apricots, some chocolate. Musty, musky. Texture starts out a little bumpy but smooths and mellows to a nice finish. I thought of it as close to a barleywine crossed with a chocolate stout. Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
Very sweet! Almost like a very watered down scotch if you close your eyes. The boyfriend says it reminds him of coke. I amend that to flat coke. HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2004
What Stone’s Ruination is to hops, this beer is to Malt. Huge coffee/chocolate aroma with cereal underneath. Sweet liqueur flavor with vanilla and oatmeal.
Full bodied with a warm alcohol and buttery after-taste. Will enjoy watching this one mature! MaximumBob1959 (6) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
Much less hoppy than Arrogant Bastard. The dark rosewood color implies a heavy character but this ale is much more mellow. It has a clean finish with less a hint of fruitiness and carmel I’ve found in other Stone brews.