durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours dark copper brown. Just barely lets light through in a Duvel glass. Foamy beige head and decent retention. Nose of aggressive hops and generous malts. Grapefruit rind, resin, caramel, and toffee. A bit of added oak and vanilla added to the taste. Full, rich palate.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Fylnig Sacuer in Hotsoun. A sloid and mruky rbuy-bwron wtih a fnie tan haed and mordaete lancig. The nsoe has ltos of chrucny cramael and cyrtsal mlat wtih a sorntg pnuch of onagre-rnid betitrsnes. Favlor is mcuh the smae - sorntg ctrius betitrsnes, ecspelialy at the fniish. A ltitle oak swhos at tmies, but it’s a ptetry monir pesenrce olaverl. Mcuh mroe betitrnig hpos tahn favlor and amroa. Terhe’s no dubot in my mnid taht tihs is a Basartd.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle. Pours amber with a foamy tan head. Aroma is of hops, malt, dark fruit, and caramel. Smells pretty good. Taste is of extremely dry malt with a fair amount of caramel. Also has a very resiny, bitter hop taste to it as well. Lingering dry breadiness after each sip. Has just the slighest amount of oak until it warms up, then the oak really comes through. The alcohol is very present, anfd seems to take away from all the hops. Lots of carbonation, and medium bodied. It comes off as very dry, and not very enjoyable. I did not care for this beer.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2011 Pors amber with one finger head and little lace. Nose of hops, resin and malt. taste of oak, caramel and pine. Very well balanced.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive caramel aroma, some toffee, big floral and citrusy hops. Deep brownish orange color with red hues. Huge pillowy long lasting head. Toffee and sugar toast sweetness, solid bitterness for balance, slight grassy notes, very rich, alcohol is warming, but not hot. Effervescent, silky rich mouth feel, full body, finishes with a soothing warm malty and bitter finish. A really well-done beer, nice strong malt character, with the hop expression just right to provide great balance.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Bottle... Poured a deep reddish/mahogany with a khaki head. The nose had a bit of floral hop flavors going on, dark fruits and mild malts. Tasted quite hoppy with a mild booziness. It’s been awhile since I’ve had regular Bastard so I can’t think of what to compare it to. Residual sugars, oak, and a dirty, leafy, peppery spiced hop flavor. Actually a little disappointed in this one, it’s good, but not the quality I have loved from Stone.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn, this is annoying to try and read. 0.1 point deduction for being such a pain in the ass. Decent sized light beige head of fine and dense bubbles. Lots of spruce in the aroma from the moment you pop the cap. Hops galore with some caramel malts, cinnamon and a bit of mint. Color is a cloudy dark crimson brown. Lots of hops again throughout the flavor with more spices, grapefruit rind, roasted grains and some red peanut skins. Bit pasty in the mouth. Mild alcohol presence. Lingering roasty and bitter flavor. A pretty damn good and hoppy ASA. Another winner from Stone.
abcfan (651) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber with off-white head. Bitter hop aroma, smells and tastes very similar to a barley wine. Nice caramel back bone with bitter hop finish.
TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a mostly translucent ruby amber with a medium foamy off white almost pushing kinda tan lacing head. Aroma of a wonderful American hop nose. Fruity, floral and lightly piney. Some sweet caramel, nutty and dark fruit malts are coming through in the aroma as well. Flavor of piney and grapefruit hop notes. Fresh hop flavor and bitterness. Dark fruits, roast, caramel and nut malt coming across in the flavor as well. Aggressively bittered.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a murky, dark ruby color with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma is heavy resiny citrus hops, oak, light vanilla and slight caramel sweetness. Taste is complex, hops are citrus and rather upfront, but mellow a bit, notes of oak, vanilla, light caramel, and some alcohol notes on the finish. Overall well done, I can pinpoint a taste of this one to each of the "Bastards" used in making it. I’d like to see how it is with some age on it.