GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of grassy citrusy hops. Flavors of serious hops which overwhelms any flavor from the malts. Not that that is a bad thing as I love hoppy beer. Finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall a very very good beer. Happy Anniversary Mr. Arrogant Bastard!
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I didn’t get to have this on draft, but I heard some pretty mixed things about the draft version... which almost made me not buy the bottle, but for the price I couldn’t pass it up.. and I’m glad that I didn’t. Pours a dirty amber caramel color with a nice frothy fizzy light tan head. Aroma is awesome, super fresh piney hops, the dry hoping on this is spot on, bit of alcohol, hint of banana, caramelized brown sugar, but dominated by the dry hopping, so piney. Flavor leads with tons of dry piney sharp hops, quite an edge, then some of that mellowed oaked bastard comes in, typical arrogant charred oak/malt flavor, sweetness is kept in check, I am starting to pick up on that very light banana note now that someone mentioned it towards the finish, overall maybe my favorite of the group. Job well done. Nice body, not really sticky, great active fine carbonation, easy to drink.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Poured a copper reddish brown with beautiful off white head. Aroma tons of fresh hops caramel and pine. Taste was extremely bitter with a hint of oak, caramel, burnt toast, and biscuits. Nice body. Overall a great beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t even feel like wasting my time with this rating... This year’s Double Bastard I have tried on three separate occasions from three different locations and each time I find an off putting band-aid note that just kills what is one of my favorite beers. Sure enough, I find the same notes in this blending of the Bastards. Great idea by Stone but something is just off with the DBA. Call it a Mulligan from an incredible brewery.
tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Same as the ordinary Bastard in every sense, except that the dry hopping leads to a earthy, resiny aroma. This is in evidence in the flavor also, caramel, pine, earth, flowers. The finish is an enormous hop bittering, hanging in there quite a bit, metal, earth, citrus. Good beer, but you must like hops to enjoy it.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, San Ramon, CA. Pours a deep, mahogany color with a decent off white head. Strong presence. Molasses, dry hops, and a hint of brown sugar in the aroma. Nice, potent taste. Strong hops. Alcohol is masked. Much like the arrogant...but more chewy and more of a personality. Great beer!
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours burnt amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of peach, pear, pine, with a sweet floral hop presence. Flavor shows the same with additiona notes of oak and raisin. Overall body is moderate to full with moderate sweetness and finishes moderately bitter. Pretty well balanced.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark garnet brown with a huge off white froth. Huge resinous pine and spruce in the nose with backnotes of mango, mandarin orange, grapefruit, and perfume. The flavor is a massive malty hop bomb. Huge evergreen resin, grapefruit juice, and orange with grass and floral notes in the back. Caramel and bread make up a nice balancing malt profile. The palate is thick, aggressive, and rich. Medium to high carbonation with a resinous sticky finish.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thsi beer kikcs aaaasss! Porued itno my Sotne galss and hueg aroma wtih fthroy head. Dakr dark bowrn. Grtea taest wtih the dry hpo. I wlli byu moer wehn I see it.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Phenomenal stuff. Pours a dark copper with a sizable, frothy off-white head. Aroma is absolutely packed full of hops, with notes of pine, mango, guava, and clementine-- gorgeous smell. Flavor is much of the same, with more of the nectar fruit mixing beautifully with evergreen hop and a touch of caramel and toffee malt for balance. Palate is actually quite thin and frighteningly drinkable. Love this stuff.