grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very cloudy amber with moderate head formation. Aroma is strong yet nondeScript citrus, caramel and moderate simplistic oakiness. A weird combination. A somewhat unctuous oakiness dominates on the sweetish beginning of the sip, followed by some perfumey hops and the expected strong bitterness. I like bits and pieces here, but itís an odd combination. Iím a bastard fan as well, but I donít see the point of this beer. It doesnít work. At all. Hops in large quantity and oak simply do not mix.
piscator34 (2261) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky amber in colour with strong aromas of dark caramel, pine, white grapefruit, vanilla, almond, and a hint of raisin. Very woody in the mouth (both fresh cut wood and bark), red grape skins, a bit of port (probably the combination of the caramel and grape elements), with a cookie like malt character coming through near the finish. Thereís a citrus fruit + woody astringency that balances out the malt in a very interesting way.
Beerdedone (3156) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish amber with a nice off white head. Aroma of fruit, citrusy hops, oak and some mild spices. Flavor of rich malts, bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. Very well balanced. Finishes crisp and dry. excellent american strong.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There is a nice, dark malty aroma with significant grapefruit notes. The taste is of AB with a slightly harsh oak taste. I think that aged in a barrel without chips it would be a little more subdued and better.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours like the typical ab. aroma is mostly grapefruit with hints of raisin and oak. taste is grapefruit and sweet raisiny malt with lots of toasty oak throughout. finish is a little tanniny with typical grapefruit bitterness. pretty tasty treat but i enjoy regular bastard more.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a tarnished copper color with an off-white head. Nose is hoppy with dried apricots. Flavors are initially wonderful, full bodied and nicely balanced between the hops and malt. The fruit remains in the background but I could not discern any wood. As the beer warmed, the hop profile intensified becoming more bitter and overall more prominent. The oak never surfaced and this was a boldly flavored brew. Thanks to ogglethorp for the bottle.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 On draft - remember thinking, "i probably wonít order this again" - . Def not my favorite offering from Stone.
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Well, it is "oaked". One should definitely be able to distinguish this brew from the "normal" Bastard. The "oaking" adds slightly to the aroma and flavor, as compared to Arrogant Bastard. Therefore, I rate it slightly higher.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 2, 2007
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I could have sworn that I took my glass held it up to my ass and unloaded some foul diarrhea into it. Perhaps it just looked like muddy creek water at best. Aroma was trees and wood which I can only assume is the Oak from the barrels. I also noticed some sweet grapefruit hops in the aroma. Thank god it didnít smell like it looked. Flavor was initially bitter, then changed to a sweet citrus/oak mix, followed by a dry bitter herbal tea finish. Seemed a bit watery too.
DYCSoccer17 (3581) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis, CA Food Co-Op. Aroma is very faintly sweet and slight vanilla-like. Donít get me wrong, there is some definite booziness present in the aroma, too. Piney, grapefruity PNW hops also shine through. Mildly hazy muddy orange-copper color with a light yellowish head and small lacing. Start is very bitter and harsh, with some light oaky, woody barrel notes located in the middle. Somewhat puckering and astringent. FInishes with a ton of grapefruity and piney hop tannins that are crazy dry and bitter. I just donít get how people can like this one-dimensional beer. Definitely lacks body and could use a lot more in the way of malts to balance the stupid amount of hops that are used.