Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a two-finger, creamy, beige head; nice lacing. Huge aromas of raisin, wine, and caramelization. Flavor is a delicate balance between malts and piney, resinous hops and a hint of alcohol; the hops become more assertive as the beer exits the palate. The oak presence is there, but extremely subtle at lower temps, serving primarily to round out the primary flavors and add a smoothness to the mouthfeel. As the beer warms into the 50s that familiar vanilla quality becomes apparent. Medium to full body and a long, hoppy finish. Excellent beer.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got in bottle from Bev Mo of of Tustin Ave in Orange. It was too cold as I pulled it from the fridge. So it was a cross between a double bastard and a regular arogant bastard. But as it came to room tempurature the oak came through nicely and the hopss went from big to huge. Cloudy as they say but does not affect anything except appearance rating. Great balance between caramel, hops and oak. Great beer
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Brewery... it was a little darker than the standed ABA, and had a nice and subtle sweet taste on the tounge. The oak seemed to take away the slight alcohol burn that the regular ABA has... very good brew
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nut brown, moderate carbonation, thin head, lingering lacing. Fruity, mango aroma, matched with a strong spicy hops backbone, and lingering bitter, even tannic aftertaste. Unusual, but very enjoyable.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby w/ dim tan head. Wood and cherry in nose. Fruit and oak flavor.
oddaroma (139) - Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Improve on the original bastard? They probably can’t. I most likely wouldn’t like it anyway. Throw some wood in it. Done.
v8powered (139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is so much like the original AB but just a little more balanced. The piney hop flavor and alcohol tones are dialed down a bit with the oak chips. Very nice flavor. I enjoy anything from Stone. They do it right!!
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - DEC 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper/amber colour. Small fizzy head that dissapates. Smells like grass (alfalfa) and a hair salon or barn-hay (HOPS!!!!). Strong hay flavor with lots of bite. Really slams into the back of your tongue. Marketing is cute but aims to make up for the lack of drinkability.
MrStitch (138) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark stained wooden color with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is wood, hops, and malt. Flavor is excellent! Smooth and warm with hints of oak, hops, and malt all playing off of one another and leading to a clean finish. A great beer that I will most certainly be drinking regularly.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Small off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Pours a clear amber. Mild citrus, hop, and woody aroma. The initial flavor is dominated by hops. The oak aged taste comes on the back end, kind of spicy. Medium body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation with spicy, hoppy finish. Complex beer yet drinkable. Other than the price tag, would have no problem drinking this every day of the week.