BassMonkey83 (16) - USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one is unbelievable. Incredibly hopped, with wonderful citrus, candy,fruit, bread/toast and pine notes. Flavors are much similar with a glorious bitter bite on the finish. While the alcohol content is high, I found it incredibly balanced and less noticeable than in the Stone IPA. The Bastard and the IPA are my first experiences with Stone and Iím now a convert and disciple. I for one welcome my new beer overlord.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yaíll canít f*** with my bastard of a 200th rating... Can I hear a Whoís Your Daddy??? I have to say that Iím in love with the Bastard family -- and this one doubly so. Reddish brown appearance, and very much like a barley wine...god love it. Such a strong brew -- powerful malty flavor, balanced with Stoneís generous hops. Also present is caramel, molasses, brandy, dark fruits, and alcohol...This is why I love America! Hell yes, Greg! LONG LIVE STONE!!!
gerbache (8) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one hits hard! From the first smell, the alcohol is pretty noticeable, but once I started drinking, it really seemed well balanced. Almost strikes me as more of a brandy than beer, but still this one is very satisfying. Just be careful with how much you drink; 22 ounces of this stuff is a lot!
jercraigs (9507) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Release, Rated Jan 2005. Ruby body, with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma is similarly hoppy to the Arrogant Bastard, bit maltier. Massive hoppy bitterness barges across the tongue, pulling a rough malty alcoholic fury behind it. Surprisingly balanced with the alcohol and malt providing a backbone for the overreaching hop assault nicely. Medium to full bodied, surprisingly smooth. Please sir, can I have some more?
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Double the bastard double the fun, they just got this in at Leeís for the year along with the 8th anniversary. Careful how much you drink though, after sharing half a bottle between me and my friend we were definitely feeling the burn. Great stuff!
jesse (1) - USA - JAN 27, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been out of beer circles for a while till my brother showed up with this intense elixer! OMFG - PWNED - This is so intense I love it. I cant ddescribe it like some of the great reviewers here bUT I REALLY LOVE IT AND I GUESS THAT what matters.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004: Poured ruby amber brown with a nice tan head...smell is hops; resin...taste is up front a little sweet and fruity...definate dark fruits; cherries, plums, prunes...then more hops...the mouth turns bitter and the bitterness grows quickly followed by the sweet burn of alcohol...while good and complex, this is over-rated...we rate extreme qualities highly but I feel they need to atleast blend or balance somehow...kinda like a pile of salt, sugar, black pepper, cayenne, and MSG all in a row...and put a little on each finger...they just donít segue into each other...
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Thank you Liquorama for making this tasting possible. Iíve only sampled this so far. The pour is very similar to the Victory Old Horizontal. It is dark brown with an even creamier head. The aroma is awesome with hops, oak, pine, pineapple, graitfruit and plum. The malts are very noticeable. The taste is a 10 plus. It was so much smoother then I was expecting it to be. There was citrus, pineapple, graitfruit, bread, hops and more hops, pine, plum, malt, cherry, and I think some Kiwi as well. This is really awesome. One of the best beers I have ever tasted. Arrogant Bastard is wonderful, but now I am spoiled. Correction this beer appears similar to Arrogant Bastard, but is very different. I see it as an American Strong Ale and a Barley Wine at the same time. The beer turns into a Barley Wine as it warms because there is more Brandy in the taste as it goes down. This is what makes it a classic.
Re-rate-This is as great as ever. However as a friend pointed out there might be something better out there. That is why I donít give it a perfect score.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 This isnít merely a lacerative muther of a beer, itís [CENSORED -- the Admin considered my very apt, very over-the-top review too much even for this site]
Okay, by unpopular demand, a clean(er) version: Because he is hard, you will not like him, but the more you hate him, the more you will learn, amateurs. After succumbing to oral invasion by this nasty mutha, this repulsive swine, this domineering SOB, this offense to all common decency, motherhood and apple pie, after a long train of usurpations, abuses and tyranny against my palate, after he expectorated in my eyes, bent me over a table and Double Gang Banged me in the posterior region to the point of intolerably ecstacy, I forever became his dirty little hop-whore begging to be smacked some more a la Tuesday Weld (that naughtier, more prurient version of Jessica Lange) in an epic Sergio Leone masterpiece -- and I ainít shariní my horde. How you like that, beeeeyatch?
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 22oz - Original rating 01/24/2005 6,3,8,4,17=3.8 - 2004 release - Mild aroma. What is there smells of plums and malt. Dark mahogany with a small tan head and slight lacing. Taste is where this beer takes off. Strong flavor of dark fruit and malt with some hoppiness for good measure. Lingering taste begs for more. Not my favorite Stone brew, but Iíll have it again after it ages.
RERATE 01/04/06 - 22oz - 2005 release - Aroma is a ton of carmel malt. Also toffee, raisin, and a big hop back. Pours deep brown with no head and decent lacing. Flavor is creamy carmel, toffee, raisin, and a strong hop back. It wasnít until the beer approached room tempature that the hops in the aroma and flavor really stepped forward and slapped me in the face. Palate is sticky, tart, and sweet. Still a bit hot and I wonder how the 2004 in my cellar is holding up. A very tasty brew.