coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
very bold and mellow flavor with bits of alcohol. tried a few, liked it, went back and bought 3 cases. GREAT beer. too bad it only comes out once a year.
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting brew. Good color, very nice, dark red. Taste is complex and very good.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from clarkvv. Pours a dark red color with a white head. Nose is very malty and caramelly, a bit of toffee and light hops. Taste is huge malt and caramel, ligh thops, nice and sweet but with a bite to it.Palate is light film and finishes with a slight bitterness.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral and fruit are the major tones in this beer’s aroma. Dark red body with a yellowish head. High levels of hops are present in the body, slightly sweet but when combined with the high alcohol levels makes for a very nice balance. Not a beer for those who don’t like the American Strong Ale category. This year’s release is another strong showing from Stone.
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, via trade w/Dickinsonbeer. Pours a clear mahogany color with a firm and creamy off-white head. Torrents of very fine carbonation rise from the bottom of my glass. Awesome malty nose, toffee and candi sugar sweetness. Huge resinous hops, tobacco, and some alcohol fumes. Flavor is balanced somehow between huge malt and huge hops. Toffee and resiny bitterness. Long syrupy bitter finish with tons of alcohol warmth. Very full bodied with a thick creamy mouthfeel transitioning to a syrupy and chewy finish. This beer really has it all, I don’t have anything negative to say about it. Knowing Stone though, this may have been helped by being a 2004 vintage and having some of the hops mellow. Now I need to try a fresh one!
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange pour with a thick white head. Head subsides after time. Smell of pine hops and florals as well as molasses and something else sweet. Taste is powerful hoppy and malty with a complex taste at the end of malty sugar giving way to piney hops.
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Bottle. After reading the bottle and several ratings of this, I half expected the cap to shoot off and lodge itself in my eye... alas no such damage occurred. Poured an eerie clear, medium ruby/amber with a great initial beige head (my wife says it looks like a "Double Bastardy sunset"... receded almost completely after a minute or so. A few rings of lacing remained in the aftermath. Very powerful nose of sticky caramel and molasses, heavy grapefruit, earth, and peppery spices... alcohol showed up in greater and greater force as this warmed. The brew attacks the tastebuds as promised on the bottle... there was a grapefruit onslaught upfront, backed by a very heavy caramel and biscuity base. Alcohol is present as a tingly sensation and becomes more apparent in flavor and warming effect on the finish. Oily and slightly soapy feel from the tremendous hop presence, and a sweet, sticky feel from the huge amount of caramel and fruity malts... clashed a bit at the finish, but worked with some nice synergy at all other points. This was quite taxing on the senses, but a very rewarding and enjoyable experience!
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Double Bastard pours with a tawny head that vanishes quickly. A glorious glorious taste, definately one of my favourites.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sugary aroma with some light bitterness present. Cherry color with a thick caramel head. Fairly sweet taste with heavy bitterness in the background.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Thanks to alaskanwarren for bringing this one over. Color is a deep reddish copper. Aroma is malt, mild hops (C-hops) and Apricots. The taste is malty sweetness, bitterness, and roastiness with hints of apricots and plums that are very well balanced. Lingering aftertaste is roasty, a little metallic and bitter, reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine. Alcohol is warming, but not present in the flavor. Awesome. The first of Stone’s beers that have impressed me in a big way.