schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ahh...I feel satisfied by the Bastard. Beautiful amber appearance, strong head and a powerful aroma filled with maltiness, hops, and yeast. Flavor is very hoppy, the spiciness of them lasting long after the beer has gone down the throat. This is a strong beer that demands respect. The flavor changes as it warms in your mouth. A well hopped yet well balanced recipe. I might buy another bottle and let it age for a few years. There are definite possibilities... Just try it and you won’t be let down.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 2001 edition sampled 7/5/02: Fruity/alcohol aroma, flat transparent brown which was sort of metallic, fruity esters jump out at first followed by overpowering alcohol and a mellow tartness...alcohol kicks your ass but hoppy fruitiness keeps the alcohol in check till the end where it comes back and sucker punches you in the back of the head..the alcohol is too strong and I couldn’t finish the whole bottle..as the beer warmed a more subtle burnt sugar/carmel flavor came out... 2002 edition: hoppy necatarines injected with alcoholic heroin..creamy hops and solid backbone malts ride along on this magnificant rollercoaster ride from hell..either my tastes have changed or this batch is a few steps up from last years...gOodie goodies. rerate 2006- 2008 Not as good as it used to be, i dont think.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appealing fruity, lightly berryish malty aroma, along with a whiff of alcohol and citric hop. Clear, bright red color with a rather slight head and little visible effervescence. Flavor has a nice balance of sweetly fruity malt, piney, lightly citrusy hop and warming alcohol. The malt is present in enough quantity to render the lip of the glass sticky with sweetness, while the generous hop addition provides an omnipresent yet pleasant bitterness, both in flavor and palate. Aftertaste is alcoholic and spicy, and finish is long, drawn out and hoppy. I would drink this on a regular basis if I could find it here. Hits the spot!
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2003 2002 edition - deep orange, big head and excellent lacing. Taste is thick and smooth. From begining til end, the strong assertive flavors battle it out in my mouth. Sweeter than expected malts and a nice huge bitterness.
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ok...first off, I was really drunk when I was able to drink this one, First was:Chimay Bleu,Sierra Nevada Celebration ale,ayinger,some kinda lambic style beer, trois pistoles, then the double bastard, I have another big bottle so I’ll probabley rerate this beer. From what I remember it had a nice head, and smelled like alcohol, it seemed to taste very good, but Im gonna drink again just to get a good rating out of it.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 2002:Dark,oarnge with a decent,short-lived,head.Huge fruity,sweet,aroma.Alcohol is also evident in aroma but not as much as I expected.Palate is soft and smooth and silky.Well balanced sweet malt and juicy hop flavors explode in the mouth.Malts in the front and a hoppy,spicy-alcohol finish. Finishing a bottle is a challenge. One well made dirty,evil bastard.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Smells, looks and tastes like the Arrogant Bastard! Good thing I like that beer hugh! Tastes identical except for a more pronounced abv. (4.0) re-rate 1/13/04: 2003 bottling. While I can't say that this is unenjoyable, I don't know if I've ever had a brew that hides it's alcohol so poorly. This is only 10% but it tastes higher in abv than the 120 min. IPA from DFH. A good beer but I wish they had maybe fermented it at a lower temp. or conditioned it longer in the secondary. I would bet thei has a really low F.G. Oh well, I've got a 2002 sitting in my cellar and I'll probably open it next year and report back. (3.5) re-rate(1/25/04) I couldn't wait to try the 2002 and man what a difference a year makes. This beer mellows out so nicely that it would be hard to call it the same beer. Hop oils have retired a bit and the flavors have melded together very nicely. This was a good brew,... age it for a year and it is downright phenominal.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2004 17 Nov 2004: drinking a 2003 DB: Still excellent, great sweet flavor w/ a hop finish, nice aroma. A world class brew.
2002 Rating: beautiful red color, almost a fruity nose, malt up front, hoppy finish, beautifully balanced. A masterpiece
20001 Rating:If you like bitter, this is the beer. It’s a bit too bitter for me.
However, surprisingly, it finishes rather smoothly. Definitely woth trying.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Release 2003:
On the pour a translucent deep garnet color and the head portly in size and spumescent in texture, the color a toothsome light tan with the resultant lace a satiny veil to obscure the glass. The aroma of the hop flowers quite evident along with the fusel alcohol, malt sweet at the back, fresh and a portent of things to come this nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top a full in its feel. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops omnipotent and the 10 percent ABV instantly warms the tummy, droughty aftertaste that maintains the bitterness alcohol and hops to the very last. One of the beers I wait for each year, a six pack for the fridge, and a case for the cellar.
On the pour a crystal clear deep Sanguineous color with the head majestic in size and frothy in texture with the lace a thick glutinous sheet. Nose is malt; hop floral, caramel, hints of butter and light fusel alcohol tones. Front is ambrosial, the top middling, the finish is devastatingly hopped, peacefully acidic, the aftertaste is beastly alcohol bitter, a major league “Belly Warmer to boot". Oh God, how I love this magisterial brew, it’s a Jekyll and Hyde beer, good at the start, brutal at the finish.
Pours a deep ruby color, reddish-beige head, and tons of lace. Nose is buttery, sweet, hints of brown sugar, and traces of hops. Begins malt sweet, the top is full, the carbonation moderate, slightly acidic, the finish loaded with hops, dry and bitter, and the 10 percent ABV warms the tummy. Another great beer from this most magnificent brewery, but as they say "Not Meant For Everyone", so beware!
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
ODDB- Old Double Dirty Bastard, as soon as I poured it in the glass it challenged me to a fight, daring me to take that first sip, its ODDB Vs. Me. It looks Dark, deep and thick,a hint of Burgandy color. This is one evil Ale. WHAM I just swallowed some of it and the battle is on ,complex flavours of citrus,hops, spice, plums, raisins, brown sugar and malt are an awesome display of a brewing masterpiece. This one knocked me down but I recovered and finished the fight, Highly Recommended !