VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As is typical for Stone; this has the big malt, big hops combination. Bold toasty malt flavor similar to ’regular’ Bastard. Big citrus and grassy hop aroma, flavor and accompanying bitterness. Biggest difference from Bastard is the alcohol, which is noticable in flavor. Same color and head as Bastard. Good.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A huge, yawling beer, expansive and complex. I think that this is good beer, but I’m afraid that this impression arose because there’s so much of everything, not necessarily because of inherent quality. The alcohol is certainly not well hidden in the aroma or flavor. Strong caramel and toffee flavors present. Big and brutish; almost punishing. What a bastard. I like it!
document (36) - USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not my favorite from this brewery, which cranks out the best IPAs of all time, IMO. The "commercial description" is, unfortunately, dead on. Harsh alcohol smell, and lots of alcohol in the mouth. Good old Stone stand bys of huge hop and malt, but it's somehow unbalanced for me, particularly a kind of off bitterness from the hopping. Not sure what's going on there ('cause I love the hops, in general). What I like best in this beer is its aftertaste, which is comparatively mellow, honeyed, and full. In the glass it's a beautiful ruby with a short lived beige head.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Take Arrogant Bastard Ale, hold everything else constant, and double the malt. No aroma to speak of. Chocolate-caramel malt flavor, very noticeable alcohol. Very stong beer.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown fire red color. Smells like the regular bastard, but taste, good god. Concentrated hop syrup, so thick, very bitter, with some apricot. Borderline drinkable (like the ruination). Another ridiculous Stone brew that is good but I just didn't enjoy.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a dark clouded ruby color with little carbonation and some lacing. Smell is roasted/malt. Taste is thick/sweet/very malty/slight alcohol and finishes dry/medium bitterness. Overall this is not that bad of a beer, something to have during the winter for sure.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the syrupy sibling of Arrogant Bastard. Lots of sweetness that serves to hide the large alcohol presence pretty well. Floral hops rampant throughout. If you can't taste the hops in this beer, you'll know your taste buds are 100% dead. I'd guess the IBUs here are pretty off the charts, but thankfully Stone added gobs of malt to balance things, which is more to my liking. Put it in a snifter and contemplate it a little. I enjoyed the malty sweetness of Stone's 03/03/03 Epic a little more, but to each his own. A touch harsh in the finish and as you work through the bottle, the alcohol burn becomes more noticeable. Enjoyable.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Am I worthy? Is this ale? 2004 bottling. Clear reddish body, sparse rising carbonation, small light-tan head receding quickly, sweet nose. Lots of brown sugar, bitter but not excessively so. The bitterness lingers for a while. Alcohol well-hidden. Not worthy of the high price I paid for one bomber ($6.99).
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was let down with this beer. 2004 vintage. Definitely has the dark frutiy flavors coming though. Like berrand rugby said, plums, raisons, malt/caramel. A great beer, but I expected more. I could taste the alchy more then I hoped for. Call me a bastard for not raving about it, but it is a good beer that I was just hoping for more out of.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
for me, about as over the top as it gets.
the hops with this one stick with you for minutes after each sip.
other than the intense taste and full body, there is not a huge alcohol taste to back up the 10%abv.
maltiness appears in the form of a huge body rather than sweetness, or grainy tastes. that i suppose is my only beef with it, not well balanced or pleasurable enough to warrant its price or rarity.