Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. Poured a fiery red-orange, with a light tan head dissipating to an off-white ring of carbonation around the rim of my St. Bernardus glass. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and some citrusy hops. Flavor leaned towards the malt sideline, with strong caramel, breadiness, and dark, sweet fruits dominating the flavor. Grapefruit hops with a touch of bitterness were also present. Alcohol was nicely masked. This is one sticky beer. In comparison to Bells Batch 6000, this is definitely smoother around the edges, also having a fuller mouthfeel and malt rather than hop dominance. The caramely aroma contrasted the sweeter, soylike aroma of Batch 6000. At this point in time, I can say that Stone produces the most consistently smooth, delicious beverages in the nation. Still, I can't help but think I've tasted most of the Double Bastard before in their other beers...
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Poured a clear ruby color with a medium sized off white head. Interesting aroma included hints of fruit (pineapples, strong pineapples), spicy hops, and peanut butter, very strange. Very bitter hops are dominant, followed by caramel malt, finished with more hops. Very full, very good.
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle Mmmm. Fragrant, fruity aroma, much like the venerable Arrogant Bastard, but sweeter. Head is minimal, and slightly yellow, lacing nicely. This beer grows on you, not as bitter as it's little brother, but with more complexity, dark honey malts fading into red-tinged bitterness. Lovely, and you won't even notice the alcohol, until halfway through the beer...
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 Fantastic. This beer made me dance ridiculous capers in the kitchen. I like it better than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Like a barley wine crossed with a very bitter India pale ale. A wonderful meeting of malt and hops. I love the dark red color. You can smell the mash in the glass, sweet malty caramel aroma behind all that hoppy goodness. Drinks stronger than 10%, I thought. Nice big assed beer.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily looking, orange amber hue, clear and bright in appearance; earthy, resinous aroma, not overly large on the hop aroma, balanced. Sweet at first, with an all most immediate hit of hop acid, evergreen and orange juice, not so much grapefruit, with a wisp of smoky dryness and carbonics on the finish, with the standard caramel/brandy interplay in this sort of beer. Well done, sets a pretty high standard for over-the-top yet balanced American barleywine.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. The beer had literally only been in Ohio for an hour before I got my grubby little beer geek hands on it. Nice tan head, dark amber/red color. I smell hops, malt, fruit, more hops, and some more hops--oh, and some alcohol. Good googly moogly! Taste malty, sweet, grapefruit, but not as bitter of a finish as I had expected (feared). Actually, the finish is devine. Amazing how such a big beer can finish so tender and loving. I AM worthy, albeit just barely. I expected a jacked-up arrogant bastard, but what I got was a delicious, balanced brew. This is tasty but not for the faint of heart. I wonder what this 2003 vintage would taste like in a year or so. Gotta love Stone.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 bottle. Large lasting tan head. Beautiful, clear ruby brew.Malty, fruity, somewhat piney and some alcohol notes in the nose. Full body, creamy, chewy mouthfeel. The massive malt and hop flavors are well balanced and make for a highly drinkable brew. Alot going on here, fruity, Caramel malt, hops, more malt and more hops in large doses leads to one spicey dry finished killer beer.Friggin lovely!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have had this many times but just now getting the chance to rate this wonderful beer. Poured a nice dark red/amber color with a medium very even head. Aroma is very, very hoppy with strong malt and alcohol notes. Taste is like an Imperial or Double Arrogant Bastard. Everything jacked up a notch. The malt, hop and alcohol is even more intense. Big bodied. Yet another great beer from the Stone gang.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wowm this was some powerful stuff. I think I like the arrogant bastard better. This was alot like the 120min IPA, resembling IMO a barleywine. Very tasty and extremely complex, this is something to really be admired.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Split a 3 Litre bottle with some friends. One beer everyone should try. Seems more like a barleywine...