ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly sweet and quite awesome aroma, loads of grapefruit, pineapple, and buttery caramel scents; doughy cookie and toffee maltiness followed by piney and earthy hops and raucous bitterness that lingers ítil morning; medicinal notes over a viscous body, alcohol dominates the finish; bitter as bitter can be, though some semblance of balance; wild beer, too wild.
2Row (11) - USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Minimal head, dark amber color. Well balanced with an intial malty sweetness capped by a mild hoppy bite. The alchohol is well concealed. For all the boasting on itís bottle it actually sets rather mildly on the palate. In fairness though the last beers I had were Samael and The Beast, so I may be a bit biased.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mildly hazy light garnet pour supporting a long lasting khaki head with tons of lacing. Powerful aroma of hops, citrus, caramel, some alcohol and a whiff of smoke. Impressive and surprisingly sweet malty flavor jumps out and is quickly surrounded by citrus, toffey, vanilla, toasted biscuits and port-like fruits all backed up by a solid hoppy bite. Very creamy mouthfeel and a long, flavorful and sweet finish. This isnít available locally so Iím glad I took advantage of a recent California vacation to sample it.
Micro13Brew (12) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had Arrogant Bastard and Enjoyed it so I figure Double Bastard should bring a little extra to the table unfortunately I was not overly impressed. It was good but not quite what I expected. The color was reddish brown which gave it a nice hue but I was expecting more unforgiving assault on my palate that didnít happen.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely a double bastard! Very much a mouthful. Strong alcohol content is much prevalent. Ruddy brackish brown in color. A touch of hop balance is ever so present. Taste of a bit of citrus / fruit, mostly heavy peat, grains of wood and malts. BE in the mood. Iíve enjoyed on a great sampling sipping day and Iíve choked it down when I didnít ... "stay far, far away!"
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red, creamy thin head. Very fruity aroma with some pineapple, melanoidin malt. Sweet, bitter and alcoholic but smooth and tasty. Reminds me of a bitter dopplebock.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep reddish brown. Thin light brown head. Good lacing. Good looking beer. Very strong aroma, very complex, lots of dark fruits and a little wood. I even sense a little smoke. Flavor is really intense, fruity and figs. Very bitter and the alcohol is really apparent. Really warms as it goes down. Medium body, I wouldíve thought it wouldíve been a little thicker or oily. Bitter and fruity finish. Great brew.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost no head. Reddish brown hue. Figgy caramel nose. Cheesey grapefruit hops mix with a lot of caramel malt. I like it except the finish is a little bitter for my taste.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Thanks to kramer17801 for this 2004 bottle. The brew pours to a think khaki head that leaves lots of lacing. The body is a red garnet color. The aroma is very strong. Lots of dark fruits, oaken barrels, English walnuts, some sorta fruit jam. Almost like a really over the top brown ale thatís been barrel aged. The flavor seems to carry some Amarillo hops with lots of sweet components. Again, I detect lots of things that remind me of a brown ale, but a really over the top brown ale. Oaked walnuts, maple syrup, strong "strange" hops, sweetness. Itís like they made jam out of hops and walnuts. Perhaps a chutney? Anyway, this is pretty intense and still quite enjoyable. The palate well masks the 10% alcohol. I donít "taste" it, but there is definitely a warming effect. Medium bodied yet really smooth and not very lingering. I liked the "regular" bastard a little better. Both are good brews.
Thanks to Chuck for sharing his 2004 bottle. I arrived at the final total of 4.2 of my previous rating without realizing I already rated this.
2003 vintage consumed on 4/15/2007. The beer pours to a very clean red-hued body with a bubbly tan head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is English toffee and nougat. Sweet sherry and nicely aged malt. The hops are still apparent. The flavor is much like the aroma and is full of nicely aged barley, sherry, nougat, and toffee. The palate is creamy, moderately full bodied, lightly bitter peanuts. 8, 4, 8, 4, 17
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to egajdzis. Pours a translucent red amber small off white lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is nice and creamy, roasted malts and nicely balanced by some great bitter hops.