mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[3481-20101120] Tap. Super hoppy aroma has lots of citrus wood. Clear, dark red amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and some thick lacing. Very citrus peel hops flavour has wood resin notes and an almost overwhelmingly hoppiness and long aftertaste. Bitter medium-full body. Too much at first but was nice to sample.
Overheard: "That’s a lovely, welcoming, embracive kick in the teeth."
(@ Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY)
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a thick brown red, with a finger or so of white fluffy foam. Aroma all sticky pine resin. Taste is bitter hops and malt, with a smooth sweet character through the mid-palate, to a mild, creamy pine and roast nuts finish, with just a touch of caramel apples in the post palate. Excellent. So pleased to see Stone nail one like this.
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Malt and Vine. This beer was quite pungent. I didn’t get a lot of the oak as others did; however, it did have a very nice pine hop aroma that was quite pungent. Also, there was a nice subtle malt sweetness coming through. A little boozy on the nose, I believe this is from the Double Bastard, considering that is the strongest. A tad thinner than the Arrogant, because of the increase in the ABV, I think this runs a little "thin". Still, this has an excellent texture. I was told this is a fairly fresh keg, so hops weren’t a problem. This beer had a nice clean pine hop flavor. Nice lasting bitterness, and a slight boozy quality kicks in as well. Could do without the booze, but this is still pretty good. Not getting any oak as suggested -- maybe the hop flavor has to die down a bit before this happens. While I was trying this I was reminded of the 13th Anniversary, and then I read the description, and quite frankly, I don’t think the blending of all the beers was necessary, but it surely is interesting. Pretty good, but considering I’ve had all the elements that make up this beer, it’s nothing ground-breaking.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, i think it was $7?
pretty good brew, not exceptional. drinkable, but memorable. see below rating/s.
arone12 (906) - Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown color with deep reddish hues. Has a nice brown head that seems to last for awhile. Smells of some hops, sugar, and some flowers. Taste is more bitter than I was expecting. Still pretty tasty with a sugary taste before the bitterness.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wish I remembered who brought this, I will update the rating once I find out, but until then thank you!
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is hops, malt, oak, caramel. Flavor is much the same as the 3 bastards combined but with a bit of a fresh oily hop presence somewhat similar to hop stoopid. Really nice beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle purchased at Total Wine, Tustin
This pours a beautiful dark amber/reddish color with an off-white frothy head. I really like the look of this beer. The flavor is a very nice balance of hops, malt, stickiness, smoothness, etc. It’s a really nicely crafted sipping beer. I’ll definitely stash away a few of these.
jethrodium (357) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark amber with a small white head that leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is oak, floral and spicy hops, and faint caramel. Initial taste is oak and some floral and citrus hops going onto spicy hops. Finish is malty, light caramel with good bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a lasting tan head over a hazy brown-amber body. Good lace. Aroma are fruity, caramel, light oak and raisins. Flavors are hoppy, fruity (cantaloupe?), caramel and a bit of alcohol. Lively bubbles with a dry finish. Not as hoppy as the regular bastard, not as rich as the double.
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep bold clear reddish-brown pour with a clingy light tan head and excellent lacing. Huge intense piney and orangey hop aroma, along with caramel and roast. Big hop flavor of orange, grapefruit, pine and resin. Nice bitterness to this one. To balance though, there’s sweet and slightly syrupy malt. Caramel and roast. Not too much sweetness. Full bodied with slight thick syrupiness on the palate. Soft carbonation and loads of lasting hop resins. A really enjoyable beer overall, as good as any of its parts.