Ericular (793) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer looks nearly perfect in the glass, with a nice deep brown appearance and lasting khaki head. I wasn’t in love with the aroma, which was malty with hints of pine. Taste is a little more woody with a nice hop presence. Combine this with the well-hidden alcohol, and this one’s a winner.
beersammich (71) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear chestnut color with a nice frothy head. Tastes malty and hoppy with just alittle of the oakness coming through. They seem to battle for taste. Really nice over all I enjoyed quite a bit.
Had from a bottle
Handypaul (316) - - JAN 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a medium frothy to creamy beige head that diminishes quickly to a ring and leaves some lace. Aroma of caramel, a box of new matches and soft ripened cheese. Oily malt medium sweet, medium bitter in a medium to heavy body, average carbo with fine bubbles and a extraordinarily long medium bitter finish.
DiarmaidBHK (3688) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fireworks Leesburg. Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Decent pine notes on the nose. More of the oak and malt on the tongue although the pine is still fairly big. Finishes clean. Hides it’s booze fairly well. Solid.
GnarlyGnome (773) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer! This is probably my favorite of the "bastards". Huge sweet malt body with some fresh biting hops that just sit right on top. I wouldn’t call it balance...and I love it. It’s like they are battling each other with each sip. Truly a work of art. Delicious.
Dal9000 (270) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark caramel with a Guinness like growing tan head. Soft malty not sweet caramel with a lingering but growing pine hop taste. The taste gradually changes from a malty taste to a hoppy taste !
---Rated via Beer Buddy
vandc01 (172) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle dated 10/24/2014 with a drink by date of 1/1/2015 (which is today).
Aroma - very nice tropical aroma. Dry hopped indeed!
Appearance - Dark red color, 1 finger of creamy head - very nice.
Taste - True strong ale - very good malt backbone with a great hop presence.
Palate - Nice coating in the tongue, nice after taste.
Overall - another great beer from Stone!
mikedR (1553) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice! Here’s the short review. Think Arrogant Bastard, with a wee bit less malt, and substituted with hops.
MadIndian (2586) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Isaacs, with Bobby Clark. Nice notes of wood and hop. Nice alcohol presence. Well done.
chinchill (2903) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Yardhouse.
Dark red-brown with a durable head that left nice patterns of lacing on the glass.
Both the aroma and the flavor have depth and the flavor has admirable complexity. The aroma has pronounced caramel and vanilla notes and seems to hint that the flavor might disappoint but it does not. There are suggestions of oak, toffee, vanilla and dark fruits, but nothing to mask the solid malt base.