ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours medium brown malty aroma. Huge bitter beer, I found myself craving cheese about 1/2 way through to help balance it. For such a big beer I was expecting more complexity. Thick mouth feel and very one dimensional, finishes with bitter hops. Not bad, but not impressed.
beeratarian (86) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at fatheads. Pours a medium copper amber with thin light tan head. Smell is hoppy, with a little caramel. Taste is a lot more hoppy than I thought it would be, some sweet malts on finish. Really drinkable for 11%. On tap is definitely better than bottle. A great hoppy strong ale to judge others by.
coachd (85) - Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a unique reddish brown color with some sediment. Has more head than I was expecting for 11.2% ABV, but it recedes quickly. Great looking beer. Smells strongly of alcohol, more of a sweet stout or barleywine smell than an ale. The aroma and appearance are near opposites of one another. Taste is hops up front, alcohol in the finish - that’s it. Not much of a malt presence that I could detect. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth for such a strong beer, but the aftertaste is way too boozy. You couldn’t eat anything with this beer; it would dominate the taste of any food. I was hoping for something more complex. I’m a big Stone fan, but I would recommend just about any of their IPA’s or stouts over this one. This beer is good for getting drunk (which does have it’s place), not for savoring.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy orange brown with a 1/2 finger. Aroma is a carmely sweetness. Taste is very sweet but very balanced with a nice bitterness. Damn smooth.
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BvilleBronc (85) - Biglerville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Bottle pour. Strong hoppiness that quickly gives way to sweet almost creamy maltiness. Finishes with another blast of hops with alcohol traces mingled in. Kinda makes the tongue tingle. Still developing palate so basic reviews for now. 2 thumbs up. Will be getting another to cellar.
rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
220z bottle, pours a small to average light brown head, body is light cloudy amber orange. Aromas of floral, pine, pear and pineapple. Body is full with soft carbination; slight bitter on the finish ties it together.
rlpeeler (84) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark amber with small head. At first taste it is sharp hops which then smooths out across with an earthy malt flavor that also carries a taste of alcohol. A pleasant albeit complex sipper.
jongo (82) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Red brown color. Smell of caramel, resin, alcohol, vanilla. , Medium bitterness, heavy sweetness. Taste of alcohol, candy and resinous bitterness hops. Some butterscotch and vanilla. Good but not that good.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours much like regular Bastard. Aroma is noticeably maltier. Damn does this smell good. Huge aromas of dark fruit and sugar malts with a lot of citrusy hops to boot. Flavor is much he same with a big hit of malt followed by lots of bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Medium bodied and very drinkable.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
what the arrogance should have been. the higher alcohol works so much better than the lower levels in AB. beautiful nose, rich caramel color and outstanding flavor