asmithbeer (69) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Medium amber pour with good fizzy head. Aroma is a little sweet and sour, very hoppy. Flavor is hoppy but very smooth, the oak is a nice mellow addition. Slighly watered down on the finish.
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a chocolaty brown with a small light brown head. It has a malty fruit aroma with pleasant spices. It tastes of sweet raisins, spices and caramel with moderate carbonation. Oaked is something I feel like I’d drink next to the fireplace in winter- it’s very good.
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A. Dark red hue, off-white head, 1 finger thick head.
S. Tons of sweet pine, citrus, slight oak
T. Lots of citrus, lots of oak, lots of pine
M. Medium body, slightly coarse, dry finish.
O. An okay beer. A ton of oak and pine. A little too much. Nothing really special about this beer. Try it if it’s handed to you, but I wouldn’t pay $7 at a bar.
poolboy (66) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Usually I don’t find that oaking improves a beer. This one is not exception. Copper color with large head. Oak and some other flavor, perhaps vanilla, cool off the hops. Too smooth for this type of brew.
Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried non-oaked before this version of the AB. Hoppiness is still definitely present, but the oak adds a creamy flavor and texture that mellows out the hops. Adds some dark color and lots of complexity. Great brew, not hesitate to buy it again!
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Stone beer, and very happy to try it. This beer was a lot darker than I expected with a dark red/amber color. Tastes is very good, almost like an IPA with the hops very present. I did not taste much of a "wood" flavor, but there was a heavy vanilla flavor present to me. It was really nice. The only thing I felt held it back a little was that it was overly bitter for my taste (not a surprise at all) but still put me off a bit. Nice beer.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - DEC 27, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Just picked up 2 12 oz sixers of this stuff in Pojoaque NM. Man is this an idea whose time has come - and just in time for the holidays too! Same surly undertones as the original Bastard, but the oak complements and smooths it oh so well, not unlike a fine bourbon whiskey. Rough and unrefined below the surface, but smooth as a baby’s ass on the finish. Imagine the ill-tempered original dressed and sobered up for proper Sunday company - until he gets caught in the upstairs bedroom shagging the preacher’s wife!. Delicious! Let me add, I’ll give this one a 5 especially because its not over the top in alcohol content. 8%+ alcohol is simply too much for anything called beer or ale in my opinion, no matter what the "conoisseurs" might say. I wanna drink - not sip - a good brew. Taste and quality-wise, there’s nothing lacking in this brew.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a nice complex aroma, smells classic. The appearance is perfect, nice and dark with a nice fluffy white head. Taste, wow!, the oak really comes through, very malty, has a nice leather taste to it, very rich.
edward_violet (63) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A balance of complex elements.
Wonderful deep red-brown liquid, khaki head.
Sweet, some caramel, hops are definitely there, but balanced with the rest. A bit of sourness.
Slightly piney aftertase.
Will buy again. Recommending to a friend.
iggynelix (63) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice rich color. Light hoppiness and a thin head. The oak is over powered by slight bitter.