Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Re-rate 1/1/11: 2004 from the same case the original reviewed beer came out of. Pours ruby red with a lingering, tan head. Smells of burned licorice, cognac, chocolate, figs, molasses, some smoky malt undertones. Tastes of toffee, caramel, chocolate, some underlying hoppy bitterness, spicy, peppery. As the beer warms, some dark fruity undertones give way to more intense, layered chocolate. Mouthfeel is velvety, thick, and unwavering. Carbonation is slightly understated vs. this same beer fresh. Ages well and my original impressions still hold up after all these years. Truly a work of art of a beer.
Original Review:Poured out of a 220z 2004 vintage bottle into a double bastard glass purchased from the brewery. Pours out amber with a creamy 1/4 finger head that is off-white and dissipating. Smell is of grass, pepper, yogurt, lemon, and brown sugar. Taste is of sugar, pepper, caramel, and rose hips. Bitter astringent metallic finish. Excellent mouthfeel with lively carbonation that tickles the tongue and lasts after that taste for some time. Light lacing was present throughout the tasting. Overall one of the better American Strong Ales I’ve had.
Burninhell (2) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
beer that can do no wrong, drink this beer in the czech manner: pour into a snifer, inhale deeply, sip, have beautiful, loving woman nearby, then inhale deeply from her hair,,, will add to the experience,,,,,,
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear ruby red color with a medium white head that shrinks to a small ring around the glass. Aroma is sweet malt, spice, orange and alcohol. flavor follows suit with heavy sweetness and a bit of nutty flavor.. The orange and alcohol finish it up nicely. Medium to thick mouthfeel..
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty, chewy, hoppy, balanced, relatively unfruity, thick mouthfeel, sippin’ or gulpin’, big-headed, dark red, smooth, typical, tasty, big barleywine. What else is there to say?
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you sir, may I have another?
Actually had DB before ever try regular Bastard, which would be about the only thing to make AB seem a let down. Marketing aside, very aggressive, almost mouth numbingly so.
Stew41 (1907) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of those rare ’whooaaaa f$%%$’ beers that seduces upon the first sip. Styled in the strong ale mould. Packaging and etched label is A1. Ultra clear toffee brown in the glass. Powerful malt nose, a sweet liquored feel and a little alcohol lift. Massive palate with big malty alcohol sweetness driving a big palate. Does an about-turn on the finish with sharp hops...very interesting. This beer might not please the technocrats but quite obviously extreme beers have their place. The DB reminds me a lot of of the ultra ripe and equally powerful shiraz from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale in South Australia. These wines are alos heaps of fun, possibly challenging yet many question their varietal character. I wonder if the traditionalists feel this way about Stones? (buggered if I know the answer to this ? being in Oz).
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 22oz - I’m tired of crappy little beers tonight.. time to get a big boy out of the cellar - Pours cherry red with a beautiful tan head that almost overblew the trappist glass then settled back to about an eighth of an inch. The nose is of plums and raisins and a touch of smoke over big malts. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, plums, raisins, sweet malts, and a distant smoke flavor all come to the forefront. Very complex and tasty and the alcohol is covered quite well in this beer. On the palate this is medium bodied and quite sticky with a fine bitter dry alcoholic finish that warms you right up. This is really a terrific beer and quite worth it’s rating. Seems an aweful lot like a barley wine to me though. Delicious!
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur rougeâtre tirant vers le brun, abritée d’une faible mousse beige et partiellement diminuante. Arômes très puissants et concentrés en houblon affichant aussi des raisins secs, des dattes des figues et des grains de café dans un bain d’alcool. D’une part très florale; pétales de fleurs mouillées et de l’autre part, amérisant rappelant le zeste d’orange et une foret de conifères recouverte d’un tapis de résine. Résine de houblon, encre bleu, malt caramel et toffee en bouche. La quantité d‘alcool semble nettement supérieure au pourcentage indiqué sur la bouteille, avec le temps, elle devient de plus en plus présente en arômes et nous brûle sur son passage. Texture sirupeuse et résineuse, corps d’une épaisseur remarquable, niveau de carbonatation actif et adéquat au breuvage. Un justifiable abus de houblon. Bouteille, Charlie’s street Liquor, Boston Janvier 2005.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle obtained in Phoenix roughly six months ago. I love the stories silkscreened on the bottles! fluffy white bread-like head. murky copper/cherry colour. Aroma consisted of a boatload of hops, funky cheese, yeast, and perhaps a little bit of citrus. Huge body, hoppy as hell...alcohol is quite evident. very long lingering bitter finish. well crafted, which is no surprise coming from Stone, but I prefer the Arrogant Bastard.
Dave420 (55) - O.C, California, USA - MAY 20, 2005
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
eww. One of the nastiest beers ive ever drank. My friends brother gave it to my buddy, then he gave it to me becuase it was too gross to finish. Tasted way too much like laundry detergent and battery acid for me to gut. It also gave me pretty bad heartburn Disgusting.