VTHopHead (1491) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a dark ruby in color with a small off-white head that faded to a thin covering over the beer. Produces some very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a heady combination of caramel malts and citrus/pine hops with just a hint of the oak/vanilla. Flavor is strong of citrus/grapefruit hops, but balanced, somewhat, by some brown sugar or caramel malts. If you hold it in your mouth for a bit, the oakiness and vanilla really shine through. Fairly bitter and lingering finish. I would drink this beer DAILY, if given the opportunity. Hopefully Stone will make this a more than one-time opportunity (hint, hint, wink wink, PLEASE!)...
usaipa (5) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pour: semi dark copper red with a thick offtan head.
smell: loads of malts and hops. orange peels. grapfruit.
taste: strong hop and malt flavor up front, some grapefruit and roasted malts, some wood flavor on the end, ends dry with some dark fruit sweetness.
overall a very good beer. iv had the other bastards and this comes close to the double with a slightly woody finish. overall nice!
brenn79 (1411) - Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark murky yet ruby red with a beautiful white creamy head, the foam reminds me of a quality Belgian brew with the small bubbles only more creamy, the aroma is sweet citrusy hops with this fresh clean smell. The flavor is candy sugar followed by a burst of hops then finishes with a woody flavor, assuming wood tastes bitter. I love double bastard and oaked arrogant, but actually haven’t rated regular old arrogant bastard ale, can you believe that. I need to do a vertical of all the bastard line, that would be interesting.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice beer. A good blend of the various bastards. Definitely worth a try if you are a fan of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, or Double Bastard.
dyetube (1153) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours a very deep amber almost black with a large tan head. The aromas are citrus, pine, dough, smoked malt. The mouthfeel is heavy with a stickiness and medium carbonation ending very dry and bitter with a little smoke. This was a great beer! One of the best beers I’ve had! Can’t wait to have another. Cheers!
bbbeer (525) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful red-brown with medium head. Aroma mostly hops with a bit of malt. Full body, alcohol not detectable. Flavor is pretty much hops with pine flavor, with some wood and malt. Mainly bitter, not much balance. Perhaps not the most distinguished member of the Bastard family but good nonetheless.
bth122 (1107) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a amber brown color, frothy full head, lacing all over the glass. The only aroma I smell is hops and lots of them. Taste is heavy bitter. Palate is med to heavy bodied. Creamy and oily texture. Long bitter finish. You taste some malt still though. This hop overload. But still good.
jsmerig (1098) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
deep amber with an off-white head. Strong hop aroma Sweet Syrupy Start quickly transforms to intense hop bitterness. finish is extremely dry with plenty of residual bitterness. Hop Heads Rejoice! A little over the top for me. Cheers!
jrob21 (2284) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A full bodied, sweet orange, and intense drink. Pours a dark orange almost brown color. Nice big frothy tan head. Mostly pine aroma with a little bit of woodiness and faint citrus. Flavor is sweet and bitter at first with a nice caramel sweetness. A little extra texture comes through which I have to attribute to the oak ageing. Finish is nicely resiny sticky pine and a little bit of grapefruit. A no nonsense full bodied and hop aggressive double west coast IPA.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark amber/brown with a rich tan head. Aroma smacks you in the face with strong malt, piney hops, fruit esters and oak. Flavor is very much the same with some strong malty sweetness and nice aggressive bitterness at the end. Mouth feel is heavy body with high carbonation. Overall, it really packs a punch. Damn Good Shit!!!!!!!