redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Haven’t had this for several years or so, back then i wasn’t quite so enamored with it. Not that i didn’t like it, i guess i felt if it was double then i was expecting to be blown away with over powering intensive flavors, and if i remember right, i was surprised that it seem mellow in comparison to single bastard.
Fast forward to today...
2006 release. [after several years of double IPA, and other massive ales, I’ve learned that double doesn’t mean approaching painful, in fact many double IPA’s are in some ways more mellow that regular IPA’s, the extra malt seems to smooth out some of the edges... same for this]
Pours a similar color to single bastard. dark brown amber, more dense, if not exactly cloudy, nice thick creamy head. sticky lace all the way down.
Aroma nice but not intense, some sweet maltiness, with some spices.
Taste, a full flavored beer, when you let the flavors swirl around in your mouth the complexity of many flavors is what attracts me to these bigger ales. an earthy like flavor [a totally good way]
hops complex malts good stuff!
[ serving type: bottle ]
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a murky copper color with a thin off white head. Smells of malt and bitte hoppyness. It tastes similar to how it smells and is well balanced.
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy ice tea like color with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, some bitter hops, and a little bit of alcohol. Taste is strong. Sweet malts, spice, alcohol that lingers in the aftertaste, but not unpleasantly. Interesting, strong definitive beer. You need to be ready to drink this one.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. i drank a bunch of em. i bought the store out of it and then im keeping one to age. its really freaking good stuff.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmm.. Gorgeous color, deep mahogony/red. Head did not stick around long. Seemed to lack the hop assault of the regular Bastard. Maybe I’m just turning into a hophead. Overall a very decent brew. Recommend.
Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber, slightly cloudy. Small fluffy head that fades to lace quickly. Aroma of caramel, malt, hop, floral, spruce. Bubbly mouth feel. Lower carbonation. Taste of hops, caramel, spruce, resin, dark candied fruit. Full bodied. Bitter and sweet hop caramel finish. This is a very good brew. Smoother and a bit sweeter than the Viscosity’s,(to me, that is a good thing).
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
auto (163) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
one of the strongest beers i've ever tasted. a flurry of flavours coming out of every last drop.
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)
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.