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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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100 IBUs
Bottled Version: 107 IBUs, 10%

Prepare to walk the plank to an Ale of overwhelming proportions. More hops & more malts than any land lubber can handle. After this experience...your tongue will be buckled. The I.B.U.’s (International Bitterness Units) are off the scale on this ale. Be forewarned, those with a timid palate, this is not a wee beer! Handcrafted in small batches for those sailing the seas in search of great ales.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2003
This was a very good amber ale. I really like the stuff there making at ballast point, i just wish they would make more. Hoppy, nice color. This is a solid brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
collegebeerguy (9) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2004 does not count
This is the Bitter of Bitters. Although not a particular fan of the strong hops, I must admit...this is a great beer. Mike at Ballast Point knows his stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Aroma: medium caramel malt aroma, high citrus hop aroma low fruit raison flavor Appearance: cloudy amber to brown, medium tan head Flavor: slight sweet slight fruit heavy hop and malt little toast. Palate: Full body creamy and soft carbonation finish long Overall: Excellent Ballast Point buckles the toung in a perfect way between hops and malt, any more and it would be overdone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bomber purchased at Stone Bistro. I had this with a big new york steak and it was incredible. This beer is huge and reminds me of the Double Bastard. I had already had a Ruination and something else, so it was a risk for me to order this big 10% killer. I made it a little more than half way through, savoring every small pour, the huge aroma and the over the top killer flavor. I knew I had to drive back to our hotel a good 20 miles so I told my wife "I have to give the last half of this away" so I found a table of guys and gave it to them, they seemed stoked. I looked for this the next day at 2 different high end beer shops but didn’t find it. I would love to taste this again without the concern of driving. Ballast Point has made a killer beer here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark, yet clear amber with an impressive, dense creamy head. Aroma: Danky and sweet hops, sweet malts, and rock sugar candy. Taste: Peppery bitterness, sugary sweetness, finishes with an ultra agressive level of more hop bitterness and a sticky sweet grainy finish. Also of note, flavors that remind me of hot alcohol like Gin or Whiskey. Mouthfeel: Thin yet sticky. Overall: I have a feeling this beer grew up with Double Bastard, or atleast they went to summer camp together. Very bitter, very spicy, not too sticky, and dangerously drinkable after the first few sips, due to its sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2003) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle from Snojerk321(Thanks!). Pour was amber with plenty of carbonationand smelled of caramel and bitter hops. Flavor was pine hops, bitter tea, with some caramel and bitter citrus. Finished strong and boozy, but very well balanced. Need to get more of this! Trade for this even if remotely interested!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1159) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Pours a golden clear amber color with nice creamy head. Carbonation bubbles are apparent. Bitter hop flavor with some alcohol and caramel taste present. Very nice red.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22. oz. bottle shared with JoeTheYounger and Pat. Pours a dark ruby amber with a light brown head. Aroma is is floral and pine hoppy with a nice malt toasty sweetness. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, some honey and caramel, a touch of toast/roast, resinous piney hops. Finish is neither dry nor cloying, carbonation is moderate and body is somewhat chewy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
wow! what a bomber! pours a very nice ruby red with beige head that is creamy and dense. the aroma is great, lots of earthy notes to support the massive amount of hops. really destroys your palate for sure, the aftertaste is super bitter for quite an amount of time. this is a heavy bottle of beer and def comes through on the promise of its namesake.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2010
22oz bomber, 2010 release, fresh from beverages4less. pours brick-red with a thin, fluffy, light khaki head and a sticky ring of lace. aroma is excellent, strikingly similar to Stone 13th, with huge hop notes of resinous pine, pink grapefruit, candied oranges, a wet grass with unique notes of sweet berries, canned peaches, and light clove spice and a hint of sweet, caramel malts. flavor is wonderful as well with big, spicy, herbal pine notes, grass, grapefruit, and orange citrus up front backed by notes of peach, white pepper, and toasted, caramel malts. palate is full bodied and slightly sweet but not cloying with a massive bitter finish sporting a touch of boozy warmth. overall, a wonderful brew than conjures up sweet memories of fresh Stone 13th which makes it a sure winner in my book.


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