brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly thinnish aroma for such a solid red color but the taste and mouthfeel were wonderful, creamy sweet wellrounded taste,which stays pretty consistant through whole bottle. You just start noticing alcohol at the end. Top notch brew
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red on the pour, good size head with some retention and nice lacing. Aroma is mostly hops, with some citrus fruit and a touch of malt. Flavor is hoppy, of course, but there is a nice malt backbone, and definitely some alcohol.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, ruby red color, decent head. Aroma was filled with fruity esters, some roast, and rubbing alcohol jumped out. Beautiful mouthfeel, very smooth. Malts add weight here, some roasted flavors, a bit of passion fruit, and a clear flavor of ethanol. I found the alcohol to be very up front in this beer, not necessarily a bad thing. Bitter on the finish, but not at all overly bitter. Would be very interested in trying the Double.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Deserving of it's reputation, really bitter finish. The Double Bastard is even better.
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good head and great lacing! This was a logo pint night at The Ginger Man in Austin. Nice red color, good hop flavor without overpowering the glass. I enjoyed it and found it refreshing.
beerhoto (14) - Terre haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best ales I've had. A very dark, deep red, and a nice head. A full bodied ale with a great taste, can't wait untill my local pub gets the Double Bastard.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 One of my favorites, a strong content along with an excellent taste. The aroma is hoppy and floral, roasted malts. I need to have a glass before me to rate it perfectly, but when I open my last bottle, I’ll re-rate.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
slightly hazy deep red, well retained lacy beige head. nice aroma of caramel, candied fruit and flowery hops. you can really tell there's a big ale waiting for you. smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. sweet ad roasty malt, bitter chocolate, orange hard candy and some resiny bitter hops. overall well balanced and very well crafted. the best I've tried from stone.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beautiful red-amber beer was served with a nice head that failed to ever fully subside. It left a nice lace on the glass as well. The aroma was very potent, with hops florals, citrus, and pine notes. The first taste startled me not because of the hops, but because of the excellent balance of maltiness and bitterness. Strong caramel notes were followed by an intense hop presence that left a lingering mitterness on the aftertaste. Every taste followed the same malt - citrus - bitterness trend, from beginning to end of the glass. The mouthfeel was very full, but yet somewhat refreshing with the heavy hop finish.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful beer, dark amber in color with nice head. The aroma is complicated: overly hoppy but also fruity and floral. The flavor is very bitter but appropriately so. The hoppiness is complimented by a lighter fruity flavor that is not apparent at first taste. A very full palate for a very satisfying beer. Not for the tame or weak-willed, this is truly an American Strong Ale.