cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/22/03. On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA 11/22/03. Clear, dark amber body with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin whisp and excellent lacing. Solid hop and malt aroma, very mildly sweet, surprisingly mellow and delicate compared to what comes next. Incredibly strong, bold hop and medium malt flavors, almost overwhelming but deliciously mouth-watering. Touch of alcohol power, but the finish is somewhat milder, definitely strong but easy and elegant enough to give you a break from the onslaught. Surprisingly smooth finish, very long and mostly of mature malt and subtly drying hops. Very serious assault on the senses-- not to be taken lightly-- but not to be taken too heavily either! Just an excellent beer.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate? Masochist I must be. Especially since I've managed to get in on more than one of the BIG bottles and a bomber as well. I was really expecting to be assaulted, even have he bottle waltz over and whack me. As much as I enjoyed this for all it's worth I didn't find it THAT far removed from it's "lesser" counterpart the other Bastard. Like 'em both I do.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa, big aroma. Lots of malt, alcohol and hops. Color is a gorgeous reddish amber. Mild carbonation. Decent head forms that is off white and has a slight green tint to it (from the hops maybe?) Not a noticeable green mind you, just a very, very subtle hue that's barely noticeable. Well, considering the copywriting on the bottle, I'm prepared for one helluva big beer here. Taste is definitely big. Lots of malt. Lots of hops. A medicinal taste in the finish that I think is the combination of the alcohol and hops. Very strong beer. Mouthfeel and body are very warm and coating. Finish is long, with the hops outlasting the alcohol. Very impressive beer. 22 ounces of this stuff will take me a while. Maybe they should put this in 7 oz. nip bottles and call it "Little Bastard".
Nuffield (3692) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellowing edges, great multicolored swirl in my glass. Hops aroma, silky palate, warming. Big but controlled hops in the finish--a slow burn with acidity.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours a dark brown with a nice cream/tan head. The taste is very full with carmel malt and finishing with grassy hops. Very well balanced. Excellent beer.
sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too much of everything. They got it right on the Arrogant Bastard, but they just went too far with this. It's the equivalent of pouring an entire bottle of A1 on a steak, and trying to pass it off as delicious. Too much malty, too much hop, too much caramel.
This is a perfect example of the idea that just because you have the ability to do something doesn't necessaraly mean you should.
auto (163) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
one of the strongest beers i've ever tasted. a flurry of flavours coming out of every last drop.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After drinking this i felt like someone punched me in the mouth. Aroma filled with hops and a thick caramel. Tasted nicely bitter with caramel and toffee after notes, leaving a wonderful bitterness on your palate. Amazing.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy amber color with a thin head. Strong hop aroma & taste that leaves you with a slight bitterness. God bless Stone Brewery.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Powerful. Crisp fresh hop aroma, sweet pine, strong green hop taste, some caramel malts. thick and chewy, the alcohol provides a silkiness that does not quite offset the green hops. I need to get another bottle and cellar for 6 months.