craven5000 (103) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An easy off white head. Sweetish citrus hints in aroma. A slightly sweet butter and light citrus. Apricot? Full and smooth in mouth like a thin syrup. A little lingering bitterness in the long after taste. As the bottle progressed, the bitterness became stronger throughout the experience. It quickly lost the minor butterish taste and gained more of a caramel flavor with a harshness. Left a warm feeling, yet very very little alcohol was tasted.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Draft) This beer is worth driving to the USA for. Like the other Stone beers I have sampled this beer was no multinational lager drinkers swill. The people at stone have an agressive eye for the unusual. A touch more hops and it would be even better i think.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Thanks to alaskanwarren for bringing this one over. Color is a deep reddish copper. Aroma is malt, mild hops (C-hops) and Apricots. The taste is malty sweetness, bitterness, and roastiness with hints of apricots and plums that are very well balanced. Lingering aftertaste is roasty, a little metallic and bitter, reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine. Alcohol is warming, but not present in the flavor. Awesome. The first of Stone’s beers that have impressed me in a big way.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
After recovering from the insults on the back of the bottle, i poured a 22oz into two pint glasses. It has a rich brown color with a healthy two finger off white head that laces nicely. I smell very strong pineapple and grapefruit aromas. This beer is heavily hopped and that is the primary flavor, but there is malt to attempt to balance the piney and pineapplely flavor of the hops. This is a strong beer and it has a full body to accompany the 10% alcohol. Perhaps I’m unworthy, but the drinkability on this isn’t too high for me.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nose is very soft and elegant,vanilla,and mild tamarind. It pours a dark hazy copper with a nice head. Taste is Mild vanilla,caramel,great body and very mild hops.06 vintage very nice!
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
All the goodness of bastard...just more of it. Dark reddish pour, thin tan head...lots of citrus, malty sweetness, but nicley balanced by hop bitterness
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a darkish opaque brown with a small tan head that lingers a bit. Very big smell and bigger taste to this beer. Starts out malty with a pretty hoppy finish.
Krausen (102) - USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2006 bottling) This is unique but I am not sure what differentiates this beer from a Barleywine. Very deep fruit flavors, caramel and bittersweet finish. Malt, chocolate, currants, sherry and alcohol dominate the flavor. Very nice considering the 10% ABV. Not a bad beer, but probably not a repeat buy.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is great.. It will get you fucked up very quick..
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 WOW! Great strong ale that makes a distinct impression. Aroma is complex with distinct hop and toffe overtones and a mildly sweet and hoppy after taste. Appearance is deep rich with a strong tawny head and good lacing. Flavor...what words can I use...? rich complex fruity, hickory with a nice hop bite that hides the alcohol very well. Brings remnants of a fine barley wine combined with a well seasoned IPA. Palate was very rich, filling and lasting. Overall this is Stone's best beer! They should consider making this one year round, I know I will be drinking this one again! I can not recommend this one enough!...Double my Bastard!