dhunter151 (566) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good balance between malts and hops. Tastes of bread, malt and citrus. I liked it better than the Double Bastard.
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timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle with enjoy by date of Jan 31, 2013. Pours a reddish copper, mostly clear with a little sediment floating. Nice tan white fluffy head with good retention. A nice cap stayed throughout the glass. Aroma is light but it does have a nice citrus, piney smell. Taste is a great balance of malts and hops. Grapefruit citrus flavor in the beginning with a caramel/toffee middle and a piney resin finish. Get a bit of sweetness but then the finish is nice and dry. Mouth feel is good with a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I really liked this hybrid of the Bastard series, found it very well balanced and flavorful.
cards04 (1813) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogony with nice bubbly off-white head and lacing. Very dank and resinous aromas. Very green and vegetal smelling. Touches of sweet citrus aromas. Flavours are very bready and malty at first. Sweet caramel, then nice bitter piney hops. The palate is perfect...thick and full, with a bit of carbonation. Excellent stuff.
rxeight (1377) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby pour. Has a decent hop presence. Hoppy malty taste. Definately from the bastard family. Havent had the regular arrogant bastard lately but this seemed like the same thing. Much lighter than the double bastard which i just had.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 This poured dark with a ruby hue. Some yeast like speckles on the initial pour but settles down clear. Ample off white head that dwindled slowly to a nice ring and cap. Excellent retention and good legs. Nose is inviting bitter hops, grapefruit with sweet malt underneath. Oaked presence off the nose and a little pine. Hops are softer on the nose than on the palate. Slick, resiny, long finish but slightly wet with a bitter aftertaste. Body is medium heavy, a touch imbalanced, and favors the sweet aspect of the malt and citrus despite the abundance of bitterness. It’s an agreeable contradiction though at 8.5 ABV.
SPDickerman (982) - Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours rich burnished copper with a large light beige head. Smells of bold hops, larger than life malts, and a touch of oak. Taste is bitter, grapefruit, and some caramel and toffee sweetness. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale finishes with a bitter tingle.
Braudog (5841) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Celebrating an incredible Ravens win in 2OT! Rich, deep brown hue, a beautiful even head -- classic looks. Interesting aroma, hinting at chocolate, varnish, dark fruit. This drinks with an equally complex character ... rich and malty, but piled with all kinds of subtexts -- honey, caramel, tree sap, and grapefruit in the very finish. Nice. (#4897, 1/12/2013)
superspak (2712) - Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/31/2013. Pours slightly hazy red amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, floral, grass, orange rind, toast, caramel, oak, pine, bread, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop/malt notes. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, toast, tangerine, citrus rind, caramel, pine, floral, grass, bread, oak, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of citrus piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, pine, caramel, toast, grass, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent flavor complexity of hop flavors with a nice malt balance; and minimal cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with and fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent American strong ale. Great hop complexity and balance of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz dark red pour with a white head of cream. Aroma is rich malt and spicy and bitter hops. The flavor is dominated by bitter hops. The malt backbone is deep in the background; not the star of the show. Body is full and well rounded. The hops seem a bit raw and rough, but definitely a powerful statement.
2cruzy (3) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is one complex brew. Hoppy, malty and sweet at the same time. Gotta love anything that come from the taps of Stone Brewing. ... we are still not worthy of this beer!