Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle thanks to Noah. 2005 vintage. Pours a great mahogany red color, one of the best from a strong ale Iíve seen in awhile. Notes of brown sugar and hops on the nose lead into caramel and toffee on the front of the palate. Finishes with a bracing hop note, which should fade in time, but I found a bit too over-the-top. Need to age a few to rerate down the road.
GonZoBeeR (3042) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the EBF...
Appearance:Amber,good tan head..
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 Pours a hazy dark amber with big white head. Packs in tons of caramel malt, some brown sugar, tobacco, and dark fruit. Carries a moderate sweetness and is a bit rough throughout. Finishes with a sneaky balancing bitterness. Alcohol presence is there, but not overwhelming. As advertised, this is one huge beer. It was tough for even Jeanne and I to split this one together. A year old bottle of this with less bitterness might be fantastic, and great for a meal.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Bottled in 2003. Poured a nice brown/orange color. Head lasted very well. Aroma was of citrus. Flavor was perfect Carmel malts and grapfruits, no pine. Great Great beer."
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
who can resist! taste and understand. smooth taste and incredibly strong but this soon dissipates and becomes quite an enjoyable sip.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lots of malt. Lots of hops. Lots of alcohol. This is a great American Strong Ale, and what I like to call a hop coctail. Pours to a deep amber to red color with a white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is excellent with lots of good piney and citrus hop aroma paired with some estery fruit. The palate is firm with good sweet and caramel malt flavor, and a nice back drop of estery fruit. Double Bastard finishes with good malt and fruit notes up front, the ends with some good piney hop bitterness, and a soothing alcohol bite. Really nice before or after dinner drink, and makes for a great sipping brew.
Lowe1983 (1474) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an amber color with a medium tan head. The aroma is very strong of fruits, caramel, hops, and a little alcohol but not overpowering. The aroma alone was enough for me to just dive in right away. Very strong hoppy flavor, just how I like it. Leaves a hoppy flavor with some alcohol warming on the finish. Very delicious brew. Drink this only if you like a very hoppy brew, otherwise donít even bother.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a deep reddish brown w/ a thin light brown head. Bold complex aroma w/ lots of dark fruits smoky woods. Strong bittering hops flavor w/ hints of fruits and figs. Bitter aftertaste, definitely tastes like a 10% alcohol brew. I like it better than the regular AB, but I think I like the oaked AB better than this.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Ah, let me clear my sinuses. Wew, just took my first sip. Did someone crank up the stereo ? I hear Judas Priest, Rob Holford and the guyís whailing and I got front row seats. A brutal assult on my olfactory sensors. The Bordeaux of all brews, The Bully, The Dragon, The, The......all names that front themselves in my mind when confronted with such a massive, explosive combination of malts-hops-yeast-and water. Big, bold, earthy, citrus, chewy, off dry, very complex. The finish, who said finish, itís been three months since my last sip and i can still taste it. No finish here. the flavor has to die to have a finish. It just keeps going, more like the Terminator. Alcohol is well hidden. I saved a bottle and will open winter 2006 to see how bottle age effects this gargantuous ale. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended to those willing to try. ****REVISION 4-8-06**** this just in. I opened that bottle. Couldnít wait til winter. So itís been six month in my closet and itís much more mellow. Drank it ice cold and the caramel character was front row. Kind of barely wine-ish at this point. The hops are still kicking though. Prolly go a while longer. Still fantastic.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep copper pour under a thin tan head that does a pretty quick vanishing act. Complex aromas of molasses, dark fruits, yeast, alcohol, and some floral hops. Oily, resinous, medium full mouthfeel supports flavors of sweet caramel, raisins, prunes, and roasted malt. As the hops begin to show themselves, notes of grapefruit and orange peel start drying things out for a nice balanced bitter finish. As things warm up, this bad boy really begins to shine. Stone rarely disappoints, and this is no exception.