TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Gorgeous Munich malt, pineapple, and alcohol aromas. Softly carbonated. From beginning to end the flavors are absolutely immense - chock full of pineapple and bready malts to accompany whispers of chocolate and leather before finishing with drops of banana and rubbery textured alcohol. The alcoholic finish is borderline astringent and thus my only complaint. Otherwise a brilliant example. Re-rate: What was once a shining example of brutishness and finesse, is now a flabby alcoholic underattenuated joke of a beer. Last good batch was 2004 which is when it was lusciously malty with bright and juicy hops. Undrinkable anymore.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I finally got a hold of the double. There’s no secret here, this one will fuck you up. I want to get one of those big ass gallon size giant bottles.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tropical fruit,coconut hoppy aroma.Sweet fruity pinapple, mango peach flavors balanced by medium hops.Hid the alcohol very well. It was actually smoother to drink than regular bastard.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/2/02: very nice color. not much head. pleasant, sweet nose. sweet to the taste and lighter tasting than i expected.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep red color with a diminshing, tan head. Minimal lacing.
Lots of sweetness in the nose with tiny hint of hops.
Malt and syrup in the flavor. Could have used a few more IBU to balance all of the malt.
High alcohol is masked well.
I’m sure a higher rating would be warranted if I had this on tap. AB is better on tap too.
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks.
The aroma is very malty with huge notes of pineapple, evergreen, earth and alcohol.
A beautiful beer!!!
Sparkling clear ruby hue. Large, beige, frothy head with decent lacing. Mostly diminishing.
The flavor is very malty and syrupy-sweet up front. Moderately bitter and lightly pungent on the backside. Strong hop presence and warm alcohol throughout. There’s not as much actual flavor as I expected from a highly rated Stone beer, especially since I was taunted on the back of the bottle.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Long, bitter, dry finish.
Hey, this is a good, not great beer. Not as good as many beers rated far below it... I guess you would call that the Stone Factor. I was a little disappointed. Hey, the score I gave it ain’t bad even though this bottle was one of Stone’s weaker offerings. This actually says a lot about Stone Brewing as a leader within the craft-brewing industry.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful red, flashy and delicious beer. I drank it out of a large wine type glass which complemented it nicely. Fine lined lace around the rim of glass. This is a slap in the face beer and beautiful to look at. The only that soured my rating was a little stuffed up nose which led to a satisfactory aroma rating. Maybe I’ll re-rate it on a better day. Definitely a worthy beer for a worthy drinker.
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 (2662) - 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!