irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much like its bastard brother but with a sweeter finish. Head the warning as worthiness does not come cheap.
UCLABruin (34) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep red-brown with a thick lasting cream head. Aroma is sweet, and malty with a strong peach scent. It tastes sweet and slightly fruity which gives way to a grapefruit citrus bitterness from the hops at the finish. Delicious.
BrewerDub (34) - USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow, this is a strong brew. Very strong malt and hop flavors. Had a somewhat fruity smell to it. very nice.
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 2004 bottle over a year old. This has mellowed so well, the alcohol bite is gone and itís so pleasant to drink.
tykechandler (33) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
even better than the wonderful arrogant bastard! itís like they took that recipe and just kicked everything up a notch. a wonderful brew.
mixmaster (33) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense long ride. Initially a strong kit of barley, chocolate, citrus, hazelnut, slight cherry and floral notes then as it passes the back of your tongue a high gravity hop mist creeps up and eventually double bastards your mouth. Just take sips. Hilarious speech on the back of the bottle. World class brew strictly for the gangsters.
jnate24 (33) - Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My two cents. aroma is licorice and dark molasses. lightly carbonated syrupy mouthfeel. taste is sweet followed by bitter hops and malt. Not the easiest brew to drink but worth a shot every now and then.
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you sir, may I have another?
Actually had DB before ever try regular Bastard, which would be about the only thing to make AB seem a let down. Marketing aside, very aggressive, almost mouth numbingly so.
twcguy (32) - USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red color, extremely complex flavor of hops and malt. Almost syrupy sweet. Definitely not session beer.
thegreat78 (32) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a deep ruby red that in spite of showing itís color, is surprisingly opaque, only letting light through on the extreme edges. The aroma is brutally dominated by burnt caramel with just a hint of hops lingering in the background. The taste is an almost indescribable balance of abundant sticky caramel malts and delicious sticky pine hops with just enough citrus to mellow the whole thing out into almost complete perfection. The beer is certainly medium to heavy bodied, but the absolutely wonderful taste fully compensates for any heaviness. I am ready to say without any hesitation that this is now hands down my absolute favorite beer. I have reviewed 400 beers now and this is my first perfect 5. This one is now doubt a sipper, but each sip is so spectacular, the taste compensates for any and all of the factors of a beer of this strength that usually gets in the way of drinkability.