JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Lacerative is about right. I picked up several 2006 bottles, which was not surprisingly hot while fresh. After almost a year I decided it was time to crack another. Still hot! What’s here so far is AB on steroids, with the same aggressive profile but with less depth than the original. At times it even seemed to border on the one-dimensional, since the alcohol was in danger of occluding the beer’s other characteristics. Obviously from my rating, I still rate this as enjoyable. But we’ll see what some more time does to this one.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle from AJ’s Glendale, AZ-2007 release): Pours a reddish brown color body, clearish. Big tan head, lasting. Sweet caramel aroma, not as hoppy as the original. Somewhat grapey, effervescent. Caramel taste, not as hoppy. Sweet & malty. Caustic taste, some hops. Dry.
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. This one pours amber with an off-white head. The aroma is earthy, malty, and of course somewhat hoppy. The flavor is big, as expected with huge hop flavor citrus and resin, although there is some toffee/nutty maltiness in this one.Medium body that hides the alcohal fairly well. Big bitter hop finish. A strong bitter beer that is not for the faint of heart. A fun hoppy beer that is not quite balanced enough to be considered outstanding. Still very good.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown amber color. Caramel malty aroma and super strong hoppy smell. Big hop bomb taste, to asaualting of a beer. Made to be offensive to your palate just to be offensive and say they are cool, not my style. Good notes would be it hides the alc completey, drinking a whole bottle will most likely get you a buzz.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eh, pretty good beer. This is not really my style of beer so I may rerate eventually.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark ruby red that is impenetrable to light, thin light tan head. Aroma is woody, vanilla, fruity and mild notes of alcohol. Flavor is much of the same. Palate is sweet then bitter...wow so not impressed with this, hoping for better. Arrogant Bastard is much much much better. This lacks hop flavor and aroma...damn...but i gotta rerate, as much as i was hoping for better, its still good...
pilsnerrogge (2398) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2007 Bottle] Pours dark amber with a small head. Aroma is hops, caramel and marzipan. Sticky, oily mouthfeel. Flavour is really intense, really bitter hops. No refinement at all, its all straight in the face, but I liked it somehow.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Brown and clear.Sweetness dominates making it a single dimension beer.Powerful alcohol presence but nothing else going for it.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, reddish caramel colored pour with some slight foam, aromas of piney sugarcane, flavors of sweet grapefruit, caramelized sugars, some alcohol with a metallic bitter finish
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22 oz. bottle (2008) from Rum Runner)...Pours dark reddish amber with one finger of lightly amberish biege head that recedes to a thin lasting layer. Aroma of sweaty hops and pine. Some traces of caramel and vanilla underneath. Mouthfeel smooth, lightly sticky. Flavor is just big over-the-top hops - sweat and pine resin with a little bit of malt that is really buried. Just like regular Bastard, except the hops are even bigger and harsher. Big bitter finish with lingering pine and sweat. I’m a Stone fan on most things but not these Bastards.