VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Pours Opaque Black with a big fluffy light brown head. Good lacing clings to the sides of my tulip glass. Huge Pine hop aroma. Hops are really huge in this beer but does end with a slight roasted malt sweetness. Full oily body. Very nice beer. jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Reminds me of double bastard. Not really a stout, more dry, not as heavy palate, but rich in malts and hops. Great, but not outstanding. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Very interesting beer. Seems that those who have kvetched "oh, another aggressively hopped Stone beer" might be missing out. Yes, it is aggressively hopped, but there a very quirky and welcome use of black malts along with the dry-hopping to give this a distinctively bitter taste and looooong, dry finish. Add that to the gorgeous creamy body and palate, and it’s a really lovely left turn from an already excellent brewer. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a creamy light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is lots of cascade hops. Taste is lots of cascade hops-raw/bitter/resiny, secondary dark malt-ash/chocolate, alcohol. A bit too much for me, comes across as an I2PA/AmSA. Sipping. Ok carbonation. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2007
The Dan Journal #134. Tasted 11/8/07. 22oz bomber. Murky brown hue. Webbed head. Spicy peppery anise celery nose. Great big nose. Big vegetal malts. Coffee acidity. Rye bitter malts. Absolutely fabulous! Mild to moderate bitterness. Peppery and bready. Totally delicious!
Radek Kliber (7363) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle 650 ml joergen (28174) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
Appearance :dark brown with tanned beige crown , detailed lace.
Nose :Rich aroma , aromatic , refreshing hops. Brown roasted chocolate ,malts. 8-
Flavour/Palate :Medium light frontal feel. Citric fresh hop profile bonded with greener hops and with dose of chocolate. Stone used old and proven formula with slight twist . No need to change that works so well for them. Tasty , solid brew.
Clear red brown coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of hops, pine needles and grape fruits.
Sweet flavour of caramel, pine needles and grape fruits.
Hoppy finish. User37895 (3042) - - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Re-rate, 11/09, bottle from SL: Quite the same as my previous experience. Rating unchanged. Black-IPA type style with some red-IPA type elements. Original Rating: Bottle from Topps in Tempe. Pour was dark brown color, generous off white to light tan in color, very nice retention, great lacing. The aroma was piney-citrus, caramel amber type malts, light roast though. The flavor was grapefruit citrus, some pine, caramel red/amber malts, dry bitter rye aspects, faint dry roast elements. Full, almost airy mouthfeel, firm carbonation. Much like a dry imperial red ale, a nice concoction, not my favorite stye, though. jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Big aroma promises a balance in flavor between sweet and bitter, but the flavor is anything but balanced. Instead, it leans heavily on the bitter side. Still, a good, tasty beer. Dark body like Coke and fizzy like Coke, too. Lots of lacing. Aroma filled with citrus — grapefruit and orange — as well as cotton cancy and strawberry. The flavor is heavily bitter and moderately sweet — like chewing on a very bitter orange peel. Medium body with lively carbonation. Texture is a bit watery and slightly sticky in the finish. walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2007
22oz bottle. Black with tan head. Nose of wet grassy hops, fruity hops, intense floral perfume (read: pretty darn hoppy), with some nice toasty caramel and brown sugar malts coming through. Flavor is sweet with toasty malt and sticky hops, with some citrus hops twang and a healthy dose of hops bitterness. Full and creamy palate, really tasty stuff. Honestly seemed like some food coloring was dumped in the Arrogant Bastard-- not a bad thing, mind you, just not what I was expecting. I didn’t get much in the way of roasted/harsh/burnt notes or twangy dark malt notes that I would have expected, and perhaps that was the point. I think it would have been a little more interesting to have some porter or stout-like malt characteristics thrown in. The black color was cool and interesting, but in almost a superficial way. All this criticizing aside, great freakin’ stuff!