nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark red with small creamy head that disapated quickly. Aroma of some vanilla, grape juice, and caramel.Very hoppy but with the bitterness of a stout. There is a lot going on in this beer with some citrus, caramel, hops, and other sweet malts. I would like to try the original to compare to the oak aged.
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark copper brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity with sort of a woody pine and oak scent, quite pleasant. Medium-full, somewhat viscous palate. Some malty sweetness and strong, but not overpowering, hop flavor. The oak is there, but subtle. Pretty nice, and well balanced.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Enjoy by date is 2/16/11. Pours a reddish brown with a sold inch of foam. Good lacing. Syrupy sweet malt on the nose. Notes of oak and vanilla are present as well. Very bourbon-like. Full bodied with little carbonation but not so syrupy as to detract much from the drinkability. Not much different from the original bastard until you describe the palate. The oak hits you up front and almost drowns out the nice malt that, in my opinion, makes the unoaked version so great. Not bad though. Just a different character. The hops still come through strong on the finish but not as quickly or aggressively as the original. The oak lingers with the hops through the finish so you are left with a honey sweetness with a touch of bitterness instead of a wave of palate searing hoppy resin. This gives it a cleaner feel, making it easier to drink. I like this more than I remember. Maybe as much as the original.
conlepa1 (72) - Chillicothe, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Without looking, I know I have another Stone brew in my hands. Stone has very unique hop flavor all to their own. The oak is subtle. Balances the Beer nicely. As with most stone brews, I wish there was more sweet, malt balance to this mixture. The hops combination tends to be the center piece in this and most of there brews. I am a hop head but i prefer complexity to a singular taste signature. All in all, a nice beer though there are better Strong Ales out there...
thenumber1g (72) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish color with a creamy head. It was really smooth surprisingly, considering that the ABV is 7.8%. Overall a good smooth beer.
Evocatus (72) - USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown-copper hue with a thin dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of sweet toffee, smoked oak, and a hint of citrus. The oak barrel taste is definitely there as well as some alcohol, like a weak alcohol scotch/whiskey. A good amount of thickness, and little carbonation, which I like in a thick beer. for 7.2% ABV, not too strong on the alcohol taste which makes it very drinkable. A decent anytime beer based on pure taste. However, a bit pricey at $3 a bottle at a supermarket.
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At first there is a flavor that starts out with a hint of oak and finishes with a sweet brown sugar like ending. The sight is that of a deep brown with hints of a red throughout the glass. A molasses like start hits the taste bids and finishes with a sweet subtle port like finish. One of Stone’s best beers!
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A slightly more mellow and not so harsh version of the arrogant bastard. Still bitter but the oakiness makes it easier to take. Quite tasty!
Jjg226 (71) - Staten Island, New York, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with thick eggshell head. Grapefruit and floral wafts from the glass. Pine and citrus dominate the flavor with a nice oaky finish. Smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation. It's like an IPA on steroids.
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knewell (70) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark reddish color. Has an aroma of spices and hops. Taste is crisp with hops that is not overpowering. Overall, a decent beer I would buy again.