OldGrowth (2595) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Good nose, nutty, carmel. Great clear reddish brown color. A quick bitter hop jab, followed by a big malt uppercut. Rich creamy coffee/molasses with a bitter linguring finish. I love this ale. Just the fact that it's called an ale, you know like " oh yeah heres our regular beer". Hops were more present when cold, but as it warmed up malts really took over. Much praise. Saved this one for 100.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a little disappointed with the Bastard. I have been pysching myself up for this beer for a long time, but when I finally got it, I felt that the flavor could've been prominent against the hops. The best thing about this beer is its appearance; it looks fantastic! given the choice, I would just stick with Stone's IPA.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great looking beer with a complex mixture of intense flavor. Hops, malt and a nutty finish. Beautiful Brown/Red beer with a light foamy head. Only drawback is the aroma reaks of cheep beer. Better luke warm. Second glass had twice the flavor.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brewery has a unique marketing approach, definitely read the bottle as you drink this one. This beer for all of the hype is quite balanced between the hops and the malt. Definitely hop flavor, aroma and bitterness crawling all over the place in this one, but a nice strong maltiness & sweetness that carries the hop brigade quite well. This is a great beer that is a nice amber color.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Right away you can tell this is a strong ale. Thick and dark and syrupy in the pour with almost no head and a little creamy lacing around the surface. The taste is very hoppy with a nice full fell in the mouth. Winey and slightly syrupy in the aftertaste, with hints of dates and figs, wuth otherwise not overly fruity, and very little aroma. Brilliant lacing and incredible to drink...Highly recommended!!!
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I keep wanting to dislike this beer. I want to take them up on their arrogance. But it's sooooo good, dammit! Big head, almost opaque (muddy) amber. Lots of hoppiness, bitter on the finish. Truly a nice ale. Even if I want to hate it.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deeply emerged in the arrogance, I detect aromas of fruit and hops. A yeasty malt character with nice barleywineish qualities in the finish. Super good but I prefer the double bastard over this one.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love big beers and this one is big in all respects. The hoppy malty aroma just about knocks you over. Then aggressive hop bitterness and flavor hits you, but its not over the top as there's plenty of caramel malt flavor for balance. The bitter/malt finish lasts and lasts.
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Had this one on draft and then later from bottle. Both are awesome. Immediately noticable seriously intense hoppy aroma. Can also smell molasses/caramel and maybe some citrus or pine. Head is small and tan, mostly dimishing. Deep, reddish amber in color. Incredibly hoppy flavor, and initial sweetness balanced by a long (really long) bitter finish. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine. Has a pretty serious alcohol kick as well. Definitely a favorite anywhere you can find it.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice ruby/burgundy color with a nice small head that stays put. Fruity hops that have an aroma like their IPA, but more subdued. Taste of molasses, caramel, bitter citrus (grapefruit?) and an enticing bitterness that stays solid through a nice sweet malt middle to the bitter end. I like this beer. Makes me hoppy, uh, happy.