DialSquare (4237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle brought down by inlaws from Andersons in Toledo. Red brown pour with a smallish off-white head and some spotty stick. Aromas of caramelized sugar, earthy roasted malts and a light bourbon vibe. Full toffee malt and dried fruit taste. Little to no carbonation on the tongue.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Hazy dark mahogany. Medium-sized thick creamy light beige head that clings to the glass. Feels thick and rich. Carbonation level is fairly low and the beer has high viscosity. Rich caramel flavours with toffee and chocolate. Thick and oily texture. Notes of paper and candy sugar. Sweet, but not really that sweet given the otherwise rich and viscous beer. Very tasty.
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
Clear medium to dark red brown orange color with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, hay, caramel, overripped fruit, burnt brown sugar, smoke - vomiting notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, and malt dusty. Body is medium full to medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 On tap. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with a thin light brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma was full of sweet grains with a bit of darkness and toffee underlying. Flavor begins with sweet grains and toffee and has some dark bread in the finish.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy dark red with a nice tan head. Aroma is nice, toffee, dried fruits, some roasted nuts and maybe some brown sugar. Flavor is full and smooth. Malty, a bit sweet (but I like that), caramel, toffee and fruit. Very good.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy mahogany colour with a small creamy off-white head. Fat and rich malt aroma of fudge, peat, burnt caramel and butter. Full-bodied with notes of burnt caramel, fudge, licorice, peat caramalized sugar and grass with touches of peppery alcohol. Long chewy and malty finish of fudge, peat, prunes, caramel and black pepper.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a small off-white head that settles fast. Minimal lacings.
The smell is malty with notes of caramel, toffee and vanilla. Quite a lot of fruity notes reminiscent of fruit candy.
The taste is very balanced. Itís not very complex, but itís rich and round in character. Malts dominate with notes of caramel and dark bread. Lots of fruit aromas. Itís fairly sweet, but nowhere near cloying. Notes of leafy hops and vanilla. The finish is somewhat bitter with notes of leafy hops, malts and subtle alcohol.
Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.
A balanced and tasty beer. Despite the sweet and malty character, itís very easy to drink. I like the subtle complementary hop notes and how they add a little something to the overall character.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy red/brown colored beer, with a thick foamy beige head. The aroma of caramel with chocolate and fruits like cherries, The taste is sweet moving over to bitter. There is chocolate. Itís dry and has some fruits. The aftertaste is dry bitter with a little sweet.
dagimp (942) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/9/9 Pours a beautiful dark ruby with little head, turning to no head quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma is of alcohol, plum and smoke. Taste is of burning, burning alcohol! Some other flavors are, dark fruit, smoke, pine (but not a hoppy pine really), slight bubblegum and dark malt. Mouthfeel is very substantial but itís a little too carbonated for my taste, just slightly so. Overall, this would be a great beer if it wasnít for the burning alcohol flavor which consumes the whole taste and turns it into cherry NyQuil. I really felt it on the way down. It isnít even that high an abv beer. Iím going to let a few of these sit for about six months and see if they mellow out.
Update 12/27/10: Indeed this Bastard has mellowed out a lot. Much less alcohol a year and a third out. Plenty of peet, smoke and scotch. Still not my favorite but at least itís drinkable now.
madmitch76 (21715) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
26th May 2008. Like an old aged ale. Lots of chocolately malt and a fair hop finish. Low carbonation and not much bitterness.