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RATINGS: 3730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


plusminus' rating

1.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
plusminus (7) - thunder bay, Ontario, - AUG 4, 2013
This bear taste like a thousand rotting fruits all at once. It has a lovely smell and a great head to it. It took me a very long time just to finish the pint at the bar beside first ave in Minneapolis.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
Double bastard is better, so getting that out of the way, this beer is pretty good but not one Iíd pick up, too many other great options...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kajser27 (116) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 31, 2015
Deep ruby colored, small beige head. Aroma is of caramel, toffee and some but not too strong citrusy hops. Taste medium sweet caramel, toffee, a bit toasty malt, some dark fruits, moderately citrus hoppy. Dry, quite bitter finish. Well hidden alcohol. Medium to full bodied, syrupy.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPagan5 (76) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Awesome brew excellent hop pine citrus aroma, big hop character, nice malty, only reason didnít give t aste a perfect is a little too much caramel for me. Others may like it more...just my two pennies, other than that excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FknClownshoes (26) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2015
Pours a dark cherry red , slightly cloudy with a nice dense tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention. Reeks of hops, with some cereal grain style malts going on, smells sticky (toffee). Taste is big and bold hops balanced out by the candy/caramel malts, some underlying stone fruit flavors. The bitterness is unrelenting, which is fine by me!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (19) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle from Market Basket, Epping NH. Aroma is mostly hoppy with slight basement smell Appearance is beautiful reddish amber with large, persistent, off white, foamy head with excellent lacing. Taste is more bitter than sweet, owing to the hops, and is a hair more hoppy than I tend to like but itís not over the edge. Palate is medium bodied with light carbonation noted at the tip of the tongue. Pleasant long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroadestTom (61) - - MAR 29, 2015
Aroma caramel, basement aromas, Appearance red, clear, tan foam, Taste light sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter, Overall I would suggest this beer to a friend

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joejames (274) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear deep amber/red, quick one finger off white hear. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of smoked malt and pine. Taste is slightly sweet caramel but predominately bitter. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, resin oil mouth feel. Finishes long and bitter. Tasting notes of pine, apricot, smoked malts, caramel, burnt sugar and coffee. A very complex beer worthy of itís reputation as a bitter strong ale.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
demannu (87) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Not something i would have bought my self so was glad to review the bastard box set for the holidays. Not one who enjoys overly hoppy beers. This beer is full of aggressive hops. The level of malt in it keeps this beer tolerable for me while still focusing heavily on the hops. I can understand why these beers appeal to craft beer drinkers who like hops. Just not my thing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4261) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Poured reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet fruit and caramel malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet, increasingly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
commonmac (510) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2015 Bottle from Haskells. Consumed in Moeder Lambic glass. Forgot how dark this one pours. Copper/amber. Minimal head. Aroma has some sweet elements but pine/citrus/hops come on strong. Gives way to a blast of hops that grabs you by the taste buds and never lets go. Basically a hop filled ride with resiny aftertaste. It definitely owns its hop commitment. Mouthfeel is cloying. You donít want to drink this before other beers. It doesnít play well in the sandbox.


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