Sully (1379) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
OK, no real milestone for a 650th beer but still good to be able to try one of these bastards. In Australia there is an order of the old bastard which requires every member to greet one another as one, or buy a shout. No one is arrogant here, just bastards. Anyway this bastard decided to wait until the very last beer of the night to present his credentials. Arrogant indeed given that this was the 23rd of the night. Lucky he isn't a subtle bastard as we would have thought the finesse had been bastardised by numbers 1 to 22. Looks fabulous in the glass and so it scores very well for that. It has a pine needle type of hop resin nose with a hint of caramel. The taste is quite an experience, yep sure is bitter but for my palate seems to be a little unbalanced. Slighty OTT, as is expected of one so sure of himself.
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great pour. Nice deep copper hue. Hint of hops in the smell, but a stronger taste of hops in the drink. Great aftertaste which stays long and a solid alcoholic punch. Knocked me on my ass.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can't get too far in beer life without rating the bastard eh? I really like this beer... I pretty much always have a bottle or 3 in my fridge. It pours a deep red color with an off white head of medium size. Head dissipated too quickly, and seems to leave little lacing. Pfeh, who cares, let's get to the good stuff. Aroma is pretty hoppy but strong alcohol and sweet crystal malts. Taste is much the same! The malt complexity is pretty impressive and hits right away, but with plenty of hop bitterness to keep things in line. Mouthfeel may be a touch too carbonated, but the effervensance does serve to move the flavor around quite a bit. Finishes dry and clean with a good alcohol taste and burn lingering. Great beer Greg, thanks :) (note, I've been drinking this at ~55 degrees lately, really brings out the malt tastes more, give it a shot if you're getting nothing but hops from the bastard!)
beerbrewer737 (2) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice beer. I love to drink and brew hoppy beers and this is that and more.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Pours a clear reddish brown, nice ligh brown head. A lot of hops on my first whiff, a little alcohol. Amazingly intense flavor! Hops, hops, and some alcohol. Bitterness is prevalent, but fits in with the whole picture quite well. Very strong and intense experience.
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like most Stones, prevalent hoppy taste. Mouth feel is thinner than one would imagine given aroma and appearance. Nice fruit taste to offset a good bitter experience.
mortimer (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The ale’s appearance was clear and dark crimson brown with a thin head. It had a hoppy, but sweet scent to it. The taste was overwhelmed by hops. To me it was very bitter and all of the hops overpowered some of the other less prevalent sweet flavors. The mouthfeel wasn’t anything special, but it was fine. This wouldn’t be my first choice for this style of beer. Although drinkable, I wouldn’t drink much of this at one time. Overall I was a little disappointed; I didn’t feel it lived up to its arrogant label.
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Fantastic burgundy colour. Brownish dense head. Hops, malt, alcahol and light cocoa notes in the aroma. Hops, swetness, fruit in the flavour. Complex and balanced. Nice long bitter finish. Intense beer. Thanks again to raindog.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 A bastard? No, this beer is quite true. Though the taste has the whip-tail of the devil on the bottle. A really great beer, hopsy as anything, purges away all other flavors in your mouth. A great, flavor-loaded round.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Bottle. Poured a deep red-brown and clear. Tannish head that fades moderately quickly to a ring/layer and leaves great lacing. Malty aroma with a bit of raisin and chocolate. Moderately malty for just a brief instance and then a long hop bitterness. Well balanced, just on the bitter side of things without being overtly a hop bomb. Medium bodied, a bit thinnish with mouthfeel. A decent beer but after re-rating this clocks in a bit lower than my original rating.