joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Red Bloomington
Oaked Bastard poured dark amber into my snifter. When held to the light I can see the clarity of this beer along with the glowing hot ruby highlights. There was a 2 finger antique white creamy head that dropped slowly to a sparse coating, thicker around the edges. Leaves moderate sticky lacing.
The smell is very unique. The first thing that comes through is the oak. It shows itself with a soft creaminess. It almost reminds me of melted vanilla ice cream. This mixes somewhat strangely with the citrus hops. Smells like a creamsicle. After some deeper smells I pull out some caramel maltiness deep inside. The oak and hops take the cake though. Sometimes I really enjoy this smell and sometimes it turns me off. Tonight I enjoy it.
The taste gets better with warmth. The oak makes things very smooth and creamy tasting. The hops have a citrus bitterness that comes through mid-palate and stays bitter after the swallow. There is a mild raw alcohol note on the swallow as well. Again, very unique.
Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It’s medium bodied and very creamy. The mouthfeel really compliments the flavors. If it wasn’t for the mouthfeel having a hand in things the flavor would have gotten a lower rating.
I can only drink one of these at a time and slowly. Too many big flavors to drink more than one.
This is a strange and interesting beer. When I first tried a bottle I didn’t like it at all. I drank it too cold as well. Making my way through more bottles it gets more and more enjoyable. The flavors are hard to take in at first. They werent really expected. Definately worth a try if you see it.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to HogTownHarry. Pours dark amber with a tall creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet oaky vanilla, caramel, and the usual Stone hops. While the hops in the flavor are not lacking, they just seem boring.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is mostly sweet malt, some citrus hops, dark fruit, and oaky undertones. The flavor is very malty, piney and woody, with a bitter finish. It’s actually too bitter; the malt has bite, the hops do also, and even the wood flavor is bitter.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy Boutip. Dark brown amber colour with a mostly lasting creamy and frothy off-white head. Piny, grapefruit, pungent, woody, and toffee aroma with oaky notes. Roasty malts with a piny, pithy, and oaky bitter finish. Medium bodied, fizzy, lightly creamy mouthfeel but a rough finish. The oak doesn’t really do anything for this - if anything it drowns out the pungent hops that I loved in the unoaked Bastard.
Headbanger (3541) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-Medium to dark amber body with a nice off white head. Has an aroma of hops, malt, and definitely a pine or spruce aroma. Taste of oak and hops with a big dryness in the finish. I was expecting more. Not bad.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at the Stone Brewery in San Marcos. This is one fine beer altough not as good as I would have hoped. But on tap, its pretty good.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Thanks WeeheavySD). Pours a nice solid amber color with a fair sized head. Lots of piney hops in the aroma, with a little citrus and some maltiness. Lots of hops in the flavor, with a bit of the oakiness coming through every so slighly. Definitely on the bitter side, but quite enjoyable. This is one I will look for again!
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur brune rouge et légèrement voilée. Nez de houblon résineux, moyennement terreux et citrique (pamplemousse), malté de caramel toffee sucré et aux notes rôties et terreuses, boisé (fût de chêne), légèrement fruité (agrumes, léger d’abricots) et avec des notes de chocolat noir, d’alcool doux et des traces de fume de cigarette. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture crémeuse et moyennement résineuse. Goût assez amer de houblon résineux, citrique (pamplemousse) et légèrement terreux aux notes florales (qui dure toute la gorgée) avec un goût fruité (agrumes, léger d’abricots) ainsi que des notes de fumée de cigarette et de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel toffee sucré, légèrement rôti et terreux ainsi que des notes de chocolat noir et de pain parallèlement à un léger goût d’alcool doux puis en finale l’on assiste à un léger regain d’amertume de houblon plus sec, légèrement plus terreux et aux notes herbeuses. Post-goût long et sec, amer de houblon citrique, résineux, légèrement terreux et herbeux, léger de rôti et d’alcool doux-moyen avec des notes de chocolat, boisé et légèrement fruité (zest d’agrumes, pelures d’abricots).
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from a BA trade with b0ldfacelies, 12oz. bottle poured into an Imperial Pint
A: Pours a bold, striking, vibrant reddish color featuring a huge, rocky off-white head. Like everything else about this beer, it makes a statement with its appearance.
S: Smells more like the best DIPAs on the planet, loads of fresh-baked cookie goodness, and a gorgeous roasted nutty quality makes this aroma a serious winner.
T/M: Again, bold is the word here. A blast of massively bitter grapefruit splashes your taste buds before giving way to the dark, roasted malt center. The grapefruit bitterness is joined by a long, aggressive piney finish. This beer doesn’t so much get drank as it does ASSAULT your taste buds. Perfectly balanced carbonation makes it easy to wrestle with large gulps of this monster at a time.
D: If this beer wasn’t so dang expensive, I’d buy it more often. It’s ridiculously fun to drink, if not outright drinkable.
EithCubes (5247) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Woody hop aroma with citrus and a little funk. Pine more than grapefruit. Ruby body with a creamy, rich tanned head. Bit of dark malt and fruitiness in with medium-strong hoppy bitterness. Pineapple more than pine. Medium body is dry, has a light tingle from carbonation, and finishes much the same. A drop from regular AB: hops don’t quite agree with me here, and the main draw of the original (its punishing, extreme bitterness) is lacking.