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 (364) - 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 (7820) - 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 (3460) - 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.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled in Boulder Colorado then got photo of me with Greg Koch! This did not wow me as much as the collaborative San Diego County beer did. But I will try again if I ever see it again. Hops are big as to be expected and the balance is struck with a good hit of malt.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 This is undoubtedly the greatest Basartd of them all. Perhaps the freshness of the beer can claim to be the reason for that opinion... But this is excellent. Exceedingly hop forward, yet without the abrasive and slightly astringent palate of the standard Bastard. This is, for me, what the Basartd ought to be.
TheGB (500) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber with a nice thick head. Aroma is delicious with some smooth malt and hops. Taste is medium to full bodied with a nice smooth delicious palate, maybe a bit hot though. Delicious.
andyhwcinc (1426) - 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 (1349) - 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.