andyhwcinc (1311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this on tap at Fountainhead in Chicago, IL. I actually went specifically to Fountainhead to try this seemingly rare brew, and I can’t say the juice was worth the squeeze. Appearance is a very dark ruby red with a creamy, prominent head. Aroma was rather faint, not too much other than a bit of skunky hops. Taste was honestly like a cough syrup. It’s very much an "earthy" brew, so much in the sense that it overwhelms the tastebuds to the point where it lingers in the back of your throat and you feel like you’ve been sick for a week. Very strange, so much that I almost didn’t finish the glass I ordered. I’m a huge Stone fan and disappointed by this one...maybe I’ll try it in bottle form to see if I get different results.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good beer, but the idea is stronger than the execution. I’m a big fan of blending and hope that more brewers explore the process, but every blended beer isn’t a masterpiece. This beer has a bit too much of the raw and rough flavors of fresh DB for my tastes. There’s a relatively strong booze-acetone note in the aroma that drowns out some of the complexity. There are also some very nice notes of caramel and aggressive pine/grapefruit rind hops. Taste-wise, it’s quite successful. There’s a wonderfully bitter pine resin/citrus pith tone on top of layers of caramel malt sweetness. The finish is a bit astringent at first, but that’s more of a palate issue. Some very nice flavors coat the mouth and linger. Also, the beer is quite pretty - darkened reddish amber with a thick ecru head. Lucky Bastard is a wonderful expression of Stone’s influential viewpoint in American craft beer.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a very nice deep, dark amber red with a two fingers tan head. Aroma of oak, berries, and citrusy hops. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Initial flavor of caramel that is quickly countered by a spicy and biting hoppiness. Dry and bitter finish has a nagging green flavor, and is a tad boozy. Oak has a strong presences as well, and leaves a lingering pepper note. On paper, this sounds phenomenal. In reality, it’s rather underwhelming. I think this will improve with a little more time in the bottle, as I think Stone releases stuff when it’s a little young.
RedSox2004 (1100) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany red with a frothy two-finger beige head and excellent lacing. Explosion of hops aromas that seem to cover it all - grapefruit, pine, resin, floral - as well as generous caramel, toast, vanilla, and alcohol. The flavor is similar, and features the pine and resinous hops, and the caramel sweetness is prominent. Grapefruit, toast, vanilla and oak round out a very complex profile. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, lively carbonation, warming alcohol and toasted sweetness in the finish.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured an auburn brown color with not much head. Aroma of earth, BBQ, sweet malt, caramel and alcohol. Very earthy and alcohol. Flavor was typical from them, really unrefined. Ok
Taverner (1068) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. I can’t read the label that well, and everything is misspelled. Woo hoo! I would make this myself with OAB and DB in a perfect blend. Here it is, dry hopped and smelling like fresh ganja. YUM!
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out dark brownish red, with a pretty medium sized tan head, lots of sticky lacing. Smell is incredible! Im getting sweet grapefruit, pine+citrus+grass hops, some wood, and some burnt honey. Not sure if my words could do it justice, but it smells great, and if you like Stone, you’ll be blown away by the aroma alone. The taste is just as incredible. Disclaimer: I never had Oaked or Double Bastard, just regular Arrogant Bastard before this. I wish I had so I can have some reference, but for whatever its worth, I like this much much better than Arrogant Bastard. Its more mellowed out in many ways and more balanced and more complex. Tastes that come through are sweet grapefruit, brown sugar, pine and flowery hops, a backbone of burnt caramel malt, and bitter herb (without making it too bitter). The end is as bitter as you would expect from an Arrogant or a ASA, but I’m finding it somewhat delightful, even as a stout lover. What a beer! Superbly made, delicious, dare I say, approachable? Stone, keep making this brew. It’s your best yet.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Fountainhead. I guess people like this one, huh? Pours a deep red brown with tan head. Nose is grainy and fruity. Standard Bastard nose of cherries and some faint pine. This smells and tastes old. I get a ton of oxidation and husky grain notes. It is definitely less than the sum of its parts and needs work. A shame, really...
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a deep, mostly clear copper color with a one finger thick beige head, some spotty lacing. Strange nose, combo of citrus and herbal hops. Flavor held light oak and some dark fruits. Finish was bitter and boozy.
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great addition to the "Bastard" legacy. Pours deep red with a creamy off-white head. Strong bright carbonation which delivers a beautiful hop aroma. I appreciate that the malt characteristics are present, but the hops hold the court here. It has a pleasant, delicate malt sweetness in the aroma as well. Delivers a strong bitterness both from hops as well as a delicate alcohol bite. The bitterness is sustained on the palate, but gives way to hop flavor over just bitterness. The only thing I felt detracted from the beer was that it was "a bit" & I mean "a bit" muddled in the blending of flavors. The hops overshadowed the oak, but no to a degree that I found it a flaw. Just wanted to mention it for good measure.