QuezXLV (408) - Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love the description of this beer, based on the theory that people only see the first and last letter of a word and their brain knows what the word is. This beer has an awesome sweet and hoppy aroma ... Almost perfect. And the taste matches the aroma; very complex. I describe it as a fruity IPA. The other good thing about this beer is that you can have a few without getting too full, like a stout. I feel lukcy to have been able to sample this one. Thanks TheHopster for finding this.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong piney and sweet orange/lemon aroma with some definite caramle malt flavors in there as well appearance is a deep amber color first taste starts with hop bitterness, and finishes with a sweet malty flavor the hops are a hint of sweet orange hop flavor, a great beer, and to be completely honest i have had all four of the bastard ales and I could not pick a favorite, everyone of them are great complex, yet diverse beers and the writing on the back of the arrogant bastard ale, when stone starts talking about the macro breweries is hilarious
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber in an English pint glass. The beer pours a medium to deep amber color, with a smallish and quickly disappearing off-white head. The nose is initially slight, showing a slight tea-like note, a very slight wood note, and some somewhat muddled background character malt notes. As the beer warms, the latter notes sharpen, showing some high crystal/special B raisony notes. The palate is fairly malt-forward, again showing a rather muddy character initially, along with a fairly prevalent alcohol note, and some interesting fruit notes that appear toward the finish. The finish itself leaves a lingering note of alcohol, and the aforesaid tea-like note. Overall, certainly an enjoyable and interesting beer, but questionable as to whether it actually bests any of the original three blended beers in any facet.
smith4498 (3224) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium reddish brown color with tan head. Strong citrus and pine aromas with some caramel. Citrus, pine and caramel flavors with some oak and vanilla. A little boozy. Medium body with average carbonation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather nice nose with lots of citrus and pine, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, moderately bitter, lots of citrus, some pine and spruce, lots of caramel, some fruity yeast, and some minerals. Much better than I thought it would be.
Vir4030 (560) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Hoppy caramel aroma from a brown pour with a thin off-white head. Hops aren’t bad, but the caramel / toffee flavor is not good. I just don’t like this kind of beer. Sorry, folks. I’ll keep putting in these really low reviews in order to offset the seemly stout-biased crowd here.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma- brown sugar, dark fruit, sweet malt, wood, bread. pours dark ruby brown with lingering head. taste is caramel malt, brown sugar, wood, smoke, dry bitter finish, hints of bitter chocolate, spruce. palate is thick, full bodied, and carbonated.
sloth (2607) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized offwhite head, good retention and sticky lacing. nose is hoppy with pine and juicey citrus, little earthy, malts are a hint sweet, caramelly along with some woody notes. Body is almost full, slick and oily on the palate, nice carbonation, sorta prickly. Big malts and big hops, medium sweet malts balanced (kinda sorta) with a nice hop punch, citrus, pine, earth and then just a hint of wood creepin in. Toasty, caramelly malts lend to a dry finish, nicely bittered, maybe even a bit agressive? Need to do some more. Bomber from statelineliquors.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is mahogony brown with a relatively large off white head. Aroma is malty and distinct brown sugar and caramel notes. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, however some of the oak does shine through. Considering the abv it is very light on the tongue, and a relatively easy drinker.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Better than expected. Vibrant amber in color with a thick white head. The dry hopping adds a big hoppy/citrus aroma which leads to flavors of caramel, malts, brown sugar, and oak... all of which are packed together with a big dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Basically this beer kicks ass. Each of the three base beers can be identified, but as a whole, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts. Super smooth with soft carbonation and a medium body. An excellent blend.