Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 Pours a dark, clear deep brown color with a big, lingering off-white head. Nothing but strong hops in the aroma, so much so that it almost seems to burn my nose. Full bodied and not as bitter as the aroma leads you to believe. The flavor is magnificent, with a strong hoppiness that is countered by a wonderful malty sweetness. The finish is mostly hops with a lingering bitterness and piney aftertaste. I can"t wait to try the Double Bastard Ale.
garyp699 (9) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 23, 2002 does not count
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer teeters between extreme caramel (Crystal Malt 120L) and harsh bitterness (Chinook hops). In other words, two-dimensional. I love almost all beer, but this one did NOT have me going back for more.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 Very strong, very tasty. The label boasts about the aggressive hops and krikey is it true. Red color almost looks like cherry kool-aid, but with a great head. This beer will kick your ass but like some bazarre beer dominatrix it somehow feels so good.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a big beer. It extremely hoppy so make it the last one of the night. Intense bitterness finds reasonable balance with the pronounced maltiness. Heavily hopped.
FunkDaMan (38) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
when you pour a bottle of this, you’re in true greatness. every brewery should strive to be like Stone.
mancer99 (13) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Love the attitude, unfortunately it looks like the bastard is right. For me the bitterness ends up overwhelming the promising initial taste.
stephen (308) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap in Columbus, OH and in bottle in Columbus. Resiny hop flavor - very heavy on the Chinook. Complexity between hops and malt profile. Definitely a step up from their IPA. Good stuff!
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby color. Large head. Floral hop aroma supersceded by strong caramel malt aroma. Quite bitter. Very malty. Strong caramel flavor. Very strong floral hop flavor. Very full bodied. Nice beer! Might benefit from aging to round it a little.
joet (2263) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A temporary faux-Cascade floral nose, ebbing to pine, and then robust vine blending with candy sugar and when warm - some musk. The body is all all the rich dark color and hardy fine head suggest. It’s medium-full, creamy and hoppy to the bejeezus. It finishes very clean and soft for such a hoppy beer. The 7.2% is clearly obvious as it warms. This beer gets great scores despite my personal preference for less straight up and more Cascadian brews. Well done!
aracauna (3175) - Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<P>I really wish I could have liked this beer, not because of it’s marketing (which is pretty damn cool) but because it is a great beer in almost every aspect. It had a beautiful dark red hue that is unusual for a beer not flavored with a berry. There was a complete lack of head, but I may have been overly careful after an experience with a bottle of Guinness earlier in the weekend. The aroma was nicely hopped and hinted of a complex flavor. The flavor itself was complex and very Belgian-like with hints of fruitiness and other hard to identify flavors. The problem came in the overwhelming bittereness. It was just too strong and ended up overwhelming all of the other flavors in the beer. This however may change, (originally all beer tasted this way to me, and I may have still been recovering my taste for beer after a small hangover from late in the previous week) so I may have to come back and rerate this beer later.
<P>rerate 8-29-02: It’s only been a few months since my original rating and already the ’overwhelming bitterness’ has changed to easily palateable bitterness. Nice creamy foam pitted head this time. Too dark to be called off-white. Body is reddish brown, nice but not exceptional. Aroma is some sweet malt and a slightly pine-liek hop bite. Flavor bites first, a little interesting maltiness in the middle and some fruitiness (I could have sworn it was peach there a couple of times, but it became more vague after that) It ends with a fairly short, bitter finish.