TroyNYC (31) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler DeCeicco’s food market. First I get the huge hoppy noise, but on the second sniff I get the alcohol and a pungent fruit. Really nice. I don’t get a lot of oak, only as a back note and very faint. Very drinkable as most of the stone beers, but it will hit you fast. Nice really dark amber color.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name rather too cutesy-poo. Draught. Poured woody brown red with medium white head. Aroma: hop and citrus, rather more than their other basters. Full flavour, large bodied, lots of malt, caramel and raisin with a hop edge. Hop finish, but with some alcohol warmth, Sip this.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stone and I have a lot in common...we are annoying, we recycle the same fucking joke over and over again, and we pretty much just plain suck. We’re also both from san diego...well not me originally, but what the hey, its where I call home these days, so fuck it. The beer seems to have been filtered through a solid piece of glass though the deep woody color is sort of nice looking. The head too, stays fairly dolid..maybe a bit too wet to lace, but still a nice complimenting light tan covering to the crystal clear wood stained beer. Nose-wise its got the classic bastard smell though tamer on the hop notes...its got that fruity essence of nectarine and pear with a caramel note here and there...nothing offensive other than it being very
Flavorwise...this is actually a lot more refined and classy than regular arrogant bastard as well as lighter on the palate than both double bastard and arrogant bastard...I like this better than both of those others...this is what regular bastard should have been all along. The palate does seem a bit watery though but the flavors are there and their refined enough not to come across as a sloppy slap in the face. A drinkable beer and actually a pretty damn successful blend of beers for stone, especially with regular bastard being one of the beers...or is it the oaked one or both, I still don’t understand. I won’t be buying this again because its still steaming with stone house character, as it should since its just a blend, but I don’t have too many bad things to say about it all things considered.
SOCALBEERGUY (1) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2010 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the greatest beers I have ever had the pleasure of trying. I can only hope that they will continue to brew this beer. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just awesome. Filled with that signature Stone hop profile plus the pineapple of the Double Bastard PLUS a hint of chocolate. And by the way: it tastes great paired with chocolate. Taste is on par with aroma with a solid bitter finish. I am drinking this way faster than I should! One of Stone’s best showings, in my opinion.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours a dark clear dark red with tall dense creamy off-white head that hold long and leaves beautiful lace. The aroma is very fresh hops--citrus, resiny and almost minty! Very delicious, and with a malt profile that does provide a pretty unique balance. The flavor is the same. Its like the other Arrogant Bastard interpretations: very hoppy, but without a specific direction. Its citric, herbal, and resinous, but is somehow not complexly hoppy, just sort of muddled with all of these qualities at once. Regardless, this is a damn delicious beer! The alcohol is hidden pretty well too. Its medium to full bodied with medium to light carbonation. Overall: I will probably be trying this one again!
mabel (5805) - 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 (624) - 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 (1312) - 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 (879) - 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.