thetmaxx (893) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a Arrogant Bastard 12oz. Glass from a 22oz. bottle. Color is a nice dark red/brown and very clear. Head is off white and lasts throughout the beer. Very mild hop aroma can be detected. The beer goes down smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation, and a medium full body feel. The flavor is high in bitterness and hops. I cannot detect any oak flavor like that of their Oaked Arrogant Bastard. This beer finishes very mellow. Overall a great beer that I hope to enjoy more during it’s limited engagement.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, as fresh as I could get it. Pours the familiar dark, dusky, clear rusty-red amber color. A tall, pretty head of beige-khaki foam leaves gobs of sticky, feathered wall lacing on the glass as it slowly settles to a modest, lasting, patchwork cap. On the nose, the dry hopping is immediately apparent, reaching up from the glass to infiltrate the nose with sticky pine resins, bright orange, and grapefruit at levels beyond that which I am accustomed to within any other variant of the Bastard series. Of course, there is an ample malt base of caramel and toasty toffee, along with rich bread at varying stages in the baking process. Fruits such as grilled plum and cooked dates also emerge, while the oak imparts a soft kiss of clean woodiness. Flavors largely follow suit, packing the hop wallop of a hefty Imperial Red, yet amply balanced by a lush blend of toasted toffee, caramelized plums, and various other grilled stone fruits. Pine and grapefruit linger on well after the swallow, bathing the tongue in bitter resins, distributed evenly by a big but relatively silky body that sports active, fine carbonation and a sticky-dry, slightly tacky finish. I’m trying my damnedest to hate this beer, but I can’t. It’s pretty solid, and I’m really digging the dripping, resinous hop profile over the caramelized fruit backdrop. Get it fresh, without a doubt, as this will be a shadow of its former self in a few short months.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark reddish brown with red highlights and a good sized beige head that fades to a nice ring. Aroma of big grapefruit and pine, orange juice, caramel, wood, brown sugar, cinnamon, and char. Flavors of caramel and brown sugar at first, followed by wood, dirt, big citrus and pine bitterness, ash, and tobacco. Finishes bitter as expected with pine, grapefruit, and burned toast winning out (while caramel sticks to the tongue for a while). Chewy mouthfeel, but it’s not too heavy, and the mouthfeel is nice and creamy with only small hints of heat. You don’t blend the Bastards and suddenly get a BAD beer...thus I like this.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Dark copper pour, small lacey off-white head. Big bastardy brown sugar and citrus and pine hop aroma. Slightly boozey tasting with more brown sugar, toffee, lots of resinous hops, moderate oakiness. Nice and biting, with a full mouthfeel. Not particularly distinct from the other Bastards, but very good nontheless.
daleharshman (1024) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Stone brewery store ($5.75). Pours into Stone IRS snifter a deep dark garnet hue (red-purple-brown) with one finger of dark beige foam. Aroma is surprisingly fresh with hops (sharp citrus, sticky grapefruit) right off the bat...more so than regular AB or DB. Other aroma notes include tropical fruit, pine, cat piss, and a muted maltiness. The flavor also is big on some sharp hop tones (citrus, pine) but is excellently balanced with a lightly sweet but strong malt presence. Finishes with a slight lingering bitterness and absolutely concealed alcohol content. I am surprised by both the freshness and strength of the hops in this blend relative to its constituent Bastard cousins. Somehow the sum is greater than the parts. (265, 441)
radagast83 (6678) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Poured a reddish-amber color with a medium sized head. Aroma was hoppy, crisp, oaked malts. This one was highly drinkable as it went down like it was a typical 5% ABV beer. Extremely smooth, creamy. Flavor was similar to the Oaked version, and probably the closest I could compare this one to.
OldGrowth (3102) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Armsby Abbey Worcester. Great aroma, Sweet. Hoppy, Caramel, pine, evergreen, oak, vanilla. Dark orangy brown color, Good head, faded to a ring, Good lace. Bitter sweet flavors. Medium body, Smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet bitter finish. Very tasty, great mix of the various bastards.
frankenkitty (1990) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking beer, hazy red-tinted amber body under a large & lasting sand colored head. (Would have given it a 5, but I sometimes take packaging into consideration and the miexd up letternig on teh bottel was annoiyng as fukc.) Harsh, resiny pine aroma with a healthy splash of grapefruit and a shock of alcoholic esters. Mild caramel malt notes creep out late with some pie spices, but the aroma is dominated by PNW. Flavor is similarly acrid and harshly hopped but the malt balance is more defined than it was in the nose and adds some drinkability to what would be a ham-handed hop bomb. Thick with a long-lasting, sharp/sour/bitter/acrid aftertaste. I appreciate Stone’s "manifesto" or whatever it is, but there’s a point you reach (in brewing, cooking, etc.) where "extreme" can become "too much". ~~~~~~ 22oz. Bomber from Archer Liquors, Chicago, IL.
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brick red with a large tan head. Powerful citrus, roasty malts, and grapefruit in the aroma. Has an intense grapefruit, citrus flavor with a light amount of roasted malts and full caramel malt. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. It’s a solid beer.
ChainGangGuy (4691) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber-brown body with a goodly-sized, foaming, off-white head.
Smell: This Stone bastard saturnalia smells of sliced, oily citrus fruits, rigid Colorado Blue spruce planks, and a firm, unapologetic grassiness marked by sweet-scented, cooked sugar notes and a subtler hint of toasted malt.
Taste: Sweetish affront upfront with chewy toffee and moderately toasted barley enveloped in caramelized sugars. Staunchly grassy, with bold hoppy flavors of pithy grapefruit peelings, concentrated resins, shredded mint leaves, and segmented tangerines, producing acidic, raunchy hop-burps. Cutting, caustic bitterness. Small surge of yeastiness midway. Very faint trace of the ’Oaked’ variety. Warming, clear cut alcohol on the citrusy, earthy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: The bitterness and alcohol certainly keeps me at a slow, tenuous pace. A nice, bitter, one-bottle diversion to while away the hours being trapped under a blanket of rare Atlanta snow.