jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was surprised to see this on the shelf...what a nice warming treat for a cold day. This is a great big ale that has a strong hop flavor and biterness. There’s a sweet fruity charachter to this that is complimented well by the bitter aftertaste...ummmm, hop candy. The ABV is hidden well but is finding it’s way to my head quickly. Cheers.
codfishh (161) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy copper creamy white head, aroma is toasted bread and some caramel, low hop aroma. Taste has lots of rich breast malty some pumpernickel and some caramel, medium to low bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Reminds me a lot of a doppelbock. Medium body medium carbonation.
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours an amber red with a thin quickly disappearing head. The nose is a thick mix of sweet malts (dark fruit and berries) with a dry hop. The flavor is big but simple. It is defiantly hoppy but with a good balance from the sweet malts. The finish is a sweet hop that last for days.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a gorgeous red-orange color with a thick bubbly off-white head. Sweet aroma, fresh citrus and resiny pine hops. Yum. Taste is extremely hoppy and bitter. Kind of sticky mouthfeel, with an unexpectedly dry finish. This is good, but a little strong for my tastes. Definitely not something to drink everyday, but worth a try.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. I wish I could find the Oaked big bottle ... Hoppy, strong alcohol. A truely arrogant beer. One of my favorites. But yeah, Id probably not recommend it to many people..
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".
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 This beer has less of a hop aftertaste than it’s little brother and is really thick on the palate. Pours a deep red/brown with a tan head and good retention. Some fruit flavor really sets it apart from AB, like black cherries and raspberries. Some maple syrup with a spicy kick to the finish. I had killed a few bottles of this a few months back, but tasting it on draft with 6 or 7 months age seemed to smooth it out and really made me appreciate it 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 Lee’s 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!
jwdevalue (158) - Neptune, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is part of a beer club. Had only one bottle but was decent for the price. Poured great and had a nice finish. Would do again.
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance-great dark amber appearance with a wonderful head.
Aroma-very good. Slight alcohol smell with plenty of hops.
Flavor-Very complex taste with alcohol finish. Not for the weak.
Palate-Smooth. Leaves the bitter taste but not like Runination.
Overall-Good. I don’t know if I could drink this all nite. I think after one bomber, I would be done.
Overall a very good beer. I like the Ruination IPA better but this is good.