WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I brought a HUGE bottle to a board meeting to celebrate the launch of a startup; I brought it to make the point that a truly unique product can sell at a premium price and does not need to competet with commodities like Budweiser solely on retail price. Appearance is good ... a striking copper gold, crystal clear, with a frothy tan head. Nose is sweet toffee, sweet fruits, and alcohol. Taste is sweet toffee, dried fruit, cherries, and an alcohol burn; the strong bitterness is not quite sufficien t to compensate for the alcohol. Mouth is syruppy. The pieces are all ok, the total package is a little better than ok, but with a bit more carbonation to cut the syrup and less of an alcohol presence this would be much better. I strongly prefer Arrogant Bastard, Ruination, Smoked Porter, and a few others from Stone.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 A well timed trip to Seattle allowed me to score one precious bottle of this stuff. I checked 7 places that had some, at least at some point, and one bottle is all I could I find. Not bad considering I live in helplessly Stone-less Florida. Very good beer. The beer poured out of the 22oz bottle with little head. There wasn’t much in the way of aroma. Being a Double Bastard I was anticipating double everything you’ll find in a single Bastard. Not the case. Still I found it a very smooth and balanced beer. The only fault I find in this beer, other than its availability, is that it was a little too smooth and subdued. Not a bad thing at all. Just not what I had expected after waiting so long to finally get a bottle. I thought I’d get run over by the “In your face” taste I was expecting. Great beer. I’d love another.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 release. Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Sweet aromas of dark fruits and caramel. Dark fruits also found in the flavor but I felt the flavor was more overpowered by the alcohol and bitterness. Full, thick, warming, sticky, and bitter. Double bastard because you see double or because you should share it? Oh, you bastard but I needed that!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 2005 Bottle courtesy of Droopy49, you da man. I say this one is a Barleywine, hands down. Pours clear brown with a nice reddish hue. Nice color! Aroma not quite as aggressive as I was expecting, but still pleasant and very heavy on the caramel and brown sugar, with a hint of citrusy hops, and some port like aromas. Rich thick caramel malty flavor, nicely balanced by a huge hop bitterness. As it warmed, I picked up some fruitiness, almost grape like. Going down, this kicks you in the balls with the warming and hop bitterness, almost like a whisky. This is not for the inexperienced palate, so newbies beware. This should cellar nicely. I’d love to see this in 12 oz bottles, because a bomber is a little too much. I can barely type. Good night everybody!
2005 bottle opened on 11-5-09, stored at room tremp: Same appearance, but aroma is of your typical barleywine. Flavor is dominated by rich malty caramel with some vanilla as well. Finish is dry and spicy, with perhaps a very very faint hint of sherry like oxidation. Surprisingly drinkable, but probably at the start of it’s decline.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 I enjoyed this much more than the arrogant bastard. Still incredibly hoppy, but it had a nice balance of some sweetness. I felt the arrogant was a little too one-sided.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rather enjoyable, but this definitely not a brew you can drink too many of in one day. Hops, hops and more hops. A sweetness of caramel is definitely present, but not distracting. Nice head.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours a deep copper with not very much head. I found this to be an abundance of hops with something missing. Some sweetness, but basically hoppy. Not as good as the well behaved arrogant bastard.
myfriendbubba (40) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stay far???? Hardly....... this one is like those little caramel cubes with a hop cone inside....well maybe not....what I am trying to say is tons of caramel and sweet malty with very spicy hop tatses. Yes an assault on the palate. Only could have 2 bombers then my tounge is dead
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap. I actually dont think so highly of this its like the bastard just hopped up a bunch it was enjoyable enough though
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. 2005 release. After the ADR Grand Cru I dont’ know if i can say much let alone type. Oddly first pour worked a nice head but second pour yielded almost none. Sort of a Belgian IPA in taste. Sweet malts yields quickly to the bitter hops. Medium light body. Very good but needs a re-rate.