gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 Rerate 2003:aroma is of grapefruit pine needles and a spicy hoppyness. pours a deep redish brown almos a rust color with almost no head. flavor is sweet, tart, and sour with warming alcohol notes. the hopflavor is still there but its in the background malt dominates this one. could this be signalling a change for stone with a focus on a big malt profile? only time will tell.
Origional rating: this is a hop heads delight. very very hoppy. warming alcohol flavor. i got some that i'm aging. i'll rerate this and see if it gets better. but as it is its damn good
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ooooh. Look what we can do with hops. Standard Stone fare. At least this one has a modicum of malt to balance it in the beginning.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours a dark brown with a nice cream/tan head. The taste is very full with carmel malt and finishing with grassy hops. Very well balanced. Excellent beer.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours amber red wih a 2.5 finger beige head. Aroma is sweet with notes of spice, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is initially sweet on the lips with a strong hoppy caramel middle that leads to a warming alcohol finish. Thick, creamy, and chewy on the palate. This is truely a beer for the season.
jmcguire1969 (162) - 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.
slimweebs (162) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a much heavier version of the Arrogant Bastard ale. Double is so strong it is almost like drinking a barleywine. I felt the alcohol flavor took away from the rest of what the beer has to offer, which is a lot of complexity. Overall, I like the original bastard better, although this is a nice sipper.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Im worthy. This dank beer was a complex crazy assortment of flavors I cant even begin to understand. This beer is Awesome! --(thanks Jcalabre)
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.
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".