nowise (17) - USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 This is impressive. Very nice, almost citrus smell. Dark reddish brown really looks nice. The flavor is somewhat hard to describe, although it is somewhat bitter. Slight chocolate, caramel, and hops. Poured from a bottle it has a diminishing head and kinda lost its fizz pretty quickly at least for me, but overall very good!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Am I worthy? Swirling carbonation and a reddish brown color. Defininte malt AND hops in the nose. Followed by an alcohol burn in the nostrils. Rich caramel, dark coffee, woody taste. Roasted malt flavor and aroma dominate. Tingling bitterness stays with you for awhile. Drying! Survey says? Itís complex and deep and delicious.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok I can now imagine what melted caramel and an IPA would taste like all mixed up together. I had a 22 oz bottle of the Bastard, and though I *thought* Iíd tried it before, apparently not. The aroma is sweet, not floral but that of sugar and candy. I think itís one of the best smelling brews Iíve tried, to be honest. Color is a nice dark copper/red/amber hue with a medium-thick, creamy head upon pouring. And the taste...very bitter at first, but after 3 or 4 sips it just turns sweet...and more sweet...with a hoppy, lingering finish. The alcohol is there, but not too much so. I love bittersweet chocolate, and I will use the word bittersweet to describe this one, but itís not even close to the same animal. Itís bitter, damned sweet, and good! The only detraction to me is the almost syrupy, slightly cloying mouthfeel. I expected it, Iím just not crazy about it. Overall, though, this brew rocks and is a great change of pace from what I usually drink! Anyone have any Double Bastard???
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
iíve had arrogant bastard a few times on tap, but this time was different. Color was deeper than usual (more of a deep rust than copper), strong caramel and coffee overtones with superb hoppyness, though not overpowering. Had it on tap at pizzaport san clemente.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy, bitter, floral taste. Hoppy aroma, well balanced, and very quaffable. A very enjoyable brew.
Dick1984LS (29) - 29 Palms, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
by far the best beer i have drunk thus far made me feel stupid for like the next three days but the taste was so worth it.
urbanmm (4) - USA - AUG 27, 2005 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is the worst beer I have ever had. Bitter, lingering aftertaste, just vile.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The label says "you probably wonít like this beer." They were correct. Only kidding. Iíll admit, that the first couple of sips were HARSH, but then it became more appealing as it warmed. It has great deep red-brown color and a thick caramel head. The flavors convey a strong bite of scorpion venom, demon bile and alcohol. Very hoppy and a little different in its complexity. Interesting selection.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a great shade of red with a perfect head, with a pleasant malt aroma. The first drink blew me away with a very strong body and only got better as I got deeper into the glass. I cannot say enough about how good this beer was. Despite what the label said, I felt worthy of this beer.
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Hands down one of the prettiest looking beers Iíve had in a real long time, a undisputable 5 in appearance. Poured into a pint glass with a perfect frothy off-white 1" head, the color is amazing. At the narrow base of my glass it appears ruby and turns a deeper tawny color as it nears the wider upper part of the glass. Aroma is great, balanced wonderfully between malt and hops, some toffee, some resin, some floral tones. On the palate it feels oily and full bodied, with some distinct alcohol warmth. Only downside for me was the finish, a bit to harsh and rather medicine like. Not that it was too bitter per se, but just a little harsh. I picked up a case of this today and Iíll be very interested to see if the finish changes over time. This is one you should seek out.