tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
22 oz bottle: the pour is a nice copper color. the aroma is really roasty an malty. oak. sweet this is a great beer. this ia a very balanced beer. toasted caramel flavors with hints of coffee, oaky, fruity flavors thatt change to a more bitter, whisky vanilla characted with a nice smooth warming alcohol effect. Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Pours a nice mahogony with a thin, light tan head. Nose is hoppy with a little malt. Strong in taste, with hops, prune, wood, roasted malt and a coffee finish. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Quite good overall. jb (3211) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Ohh this is good. Reddish color with a tan head. I smell some spice tones, pumpkin, along with the floral hops. Nice malty taste includes hops in the palate, a powerful yet not quite overdone quantity of hops. Highly recommended for lovers of Strong Ales, IPAs, etc. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Stone Brewing makes some serious beers. Pours a very nice amber color which looks like an English Barley Wine. This beer reminds me more of that then an American Strong Ale. It is a very nice example of it. If this an the Arrogant Bastard are both American Strongs then they are very different from one another. This one has a nice complexity with an aroma of fruits, vanilla, hops and oak. The taste is quite similar to the Ale Smith Old Numskull. The taste here is weaked but still quite effective. The aftertaste has a nice fruitiness to it. Stone Brewing has done it again. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Bottle. Color is a dark amber with hints of red. Big frothy tan head. Aroma is very strong with alcohol malt and dark fruits, raison, fig. Taste has roast caramel malts with raison. Finish is smooth and a little oaky. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, which keeps it from being truely great. Even so, it’s very good.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2005
First thing I noticed when the top came off was some nice carmel notes. once poured, I could detect a bit of floral hops. Looks nice, with a darker colour and thin but lasting white head. Malty caramel taste with a nice finish of hops. not bad at’ll mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
original style. sort of a mix btween a stout and barleywine or something. roasty nose, coffee color, and a pretty nice head too. woody, choclatey, mildly hoppy and very malty and roasty. i drank this with some prime rib medium rare with creamed spinach and mashed pototoes. and it was darn near perfect. um, man, ill scwill this all night. cant wait for the ninth edish. Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Nice roasty aroma which was very pleasing. Nice hop bitterness upfront which settled into a nice roasty bourbonish flavor at finish. The balance is pretty good, it is roasty like a darker brew but maintains a good refreshing quality like an IPA. Not the best i’ve had but still very tasty. The applaud the interesting mix in this brew. BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Big bottle. Very enjoyable! Wish I had taken much better notes. Shared with wonderful company form Ireland and England...Kairos! Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2005
The beer after its disinterment from the 22-ounce brown bottle lies ever so inviting in the glass a translucent burnished copper with a persistent light tan and somewhat frothy head, after its demise the residual lace is an encircling sheet of fine lace. Nose is sweet with malt, hints of caramel and the mouth-watering aroma of the hop flower, start is delectable in its grain presence, lightly sweet with the top moderate in its feel. Finish is annoying in its acidity with the hops determined and the aftertaste desert dry, ah what a treat to the palate and the other senses.