OldGrowth (2730) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Armsby Abbey Worcester. Great aroma, Sweet. Hoppy, Caramel, pine, evergreen, oak, vanilla. Dark orangy brown color, Good head, faded to a ring, Good lace. Bitter sweet flavors. Medium body, Smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet bitter finish. Very tasty, great mix of the various bastards.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking beer, hazy red-tinted amber body under a large & lasting sand colored head. (Would have given it a 5, but I sometimes take packaging into consideration and the miexd up letternig on teh bottel was annoiyng as fukc.) Harsh, resiny pine aroma with a healthy splash of grapefruit and a shock of alcoholic esters. Mild caramel malt notes creep out late with some pie spices, but the aroma is dominated by PNW. Flavor is similarly acrid and harshly hopped but the malt balance is more defined than it was in the nose and adds some drinkability to what would be a ham-handed hop bomb. Thick with a long-lasting, sharp/sour/bitter/acrid aftertaste. I appreciate Stone’s "manifesto" or whatever it is, but there’s a point you reach (in brewing, cooking, etc.) where "extreme" can become "too much". ~~~~~~ 22oz. Bomber from Archer Liquors, Chicago, IL.
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brick red with a large tan head. Powerful citrus, roasty malts, and grapefruit in the aroma. Has an intense grapefruit, citrus flavor with a light amount of roasted malts and full caramel malt. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. It’s a solid beer.
ChainGangGuy (4400) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber-brown body with a goodly-sized, foaming, off-white head.
Smell: This Stone bastard saturnalia smells of sliced, oily citrus fruits, rigid Colorado Blue spruce planks, and a firm, unapologetic grassiness marked by sweet-scented, cooked sugar notes and a subtler hint of toasted malt.
Taste: Sweetish affront upfront with chewy toffee and moderately toasted barley enveloped in caramelized sugars. Staunchly grassy, with bold hoppy flavors of pithy grapefruit peelings, concentrated resins, shredded mint leaves, and segmented tangerines, producing acidic, raunchy hop-burps. Cutting, caustic bitterness. Small surge of yeastiness midway. Very faint trace of the ’Oaked’ variety. Warming, clear cut alcohol on the citrusy, earthy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: The bitterness and alcohol certainly keeps me at a slow, tenuous pace. A nice, bitter, one-bottle diversion to while away the hours being trapped under a blanket of rare Atlanta snow.
hapjydeuce (950) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Small Bar in University Heights. Deep red hue with a medium sized vanilla-colored head. Aroma is crisp, pungent hops in front with the spicy malt underneath. Typical of the Bastard. Bitterness seems a bit stronger than the regular, but still balanced throughout. I couldn’t pick up traces of the oaked version. For some reason I still find either of the two better in their own right. Good stuff, hope they keep making it.
hombrepalo (1841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber from Archer liquors. Poured a ruby type color with not much head. Aroma of caramel, earth, fruit, alcohol and a bit of flowers. Strong earthy and fruity flavor. A bit of sugary sweetness. Not superb flavor but very nice.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from WInooski.
Appearance : Shiny deep amber with a small head.
Aroma : Awesome grapefruit and pine. Great white sugar wityh light overcooked caramel. Light wood. Quite complex.
Taste : Nice hop presence. Not as good as the nice. Notes of passion fruits. Finish is a bit woody with sugar and caramel. Carbonation is soft but fizzy. Quite bitter.
Overall : .Very nice beer. Awesome nose. Nice taste. Great complexity and well balanced.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a nice ruby mahogany color with a nice creamy head. The nose is fresh and full of sugars and chinooks. The flavor is nice and balanced, tons of malts and the rich sharp sugary notes of the caramel malts and the big aggressive chinook hop. Finishes balanced. Yum. Good blend, I like the enhanced flavor with the milder edge.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Dark pour. Malty barley-wine aroma with evergreen resiny hops. More hops in flavor with balanced hoppy but also malty and sweet finish (leaning more towards maltiness than expected). Overall, very good.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle and served in Bells snifter: Deep caramel hue with a fading frothy off-white head which left spotty lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, roast, bready malts and hint of vanilla and oak vapours. Plenty of grapefruit, pineapple, resiny and leafy hop vapours as well along with a dash of metallic and minerally esters. The taste is well balanced for the most part between the hop bitters and sweet malt base. Twangy and citric fruitiness, resiny hop flowers, caramel and toffee leading towards a slight oaky and vanilla finish. The mouth feel is not as aggressive as the normal Arrogant Bastard and leans more towards the Double Bastard and Oaked versions, lush and sticky with moderate alcohol, a slight metallic finish. Overall a solid American Strong Ale which showcases many of the strengths of the blended brews and a few of the weaknesses too. I would drink this again.