neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 mL bottle from AJ’s in Tucson, served in a tulip. Pours clear mahogany with a medium dense head. The head fades slowly to a thin cover and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has big aromas of resin and pine, flowers and caramel, along with some fruit and a touch of oak. The flavour starts out with a touch of caramel malt sweetness but is soon eclipsed by a huge piney, resinous bitterness that persists to the finish. The finish is long and resinous hoppy bitter. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a smooth, oily texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent, well-constructed hop bomb. The malts are overpowered, but they are not neglected; everything about this brew says quality. This is not anyone’s session ale, but a fine choice for a blast of hops. 2010-12-27
jcos (1665) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a darker brown haze. Aroma is mostly resin, floral and slight citrus. Slick palate similar to other Basterds.Oak very present in the finish. One nice basartd.
nearbeer (4063) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Clear ruby-chestnut with a lasting disc of cream. Big nose of papaya, grapefruit, mango, pine straw, and light molasses. Flavor is the same huge blend, with resin and grapefruit coming to the fore more than in the aroma. A detracting menthol tone develops quite soon also. A nice touch of oak shows later. Heavy body is mostly smooth; sticky, but well dried.
jcwattsrugger (11365) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle Tampa Weekly Gathering @kiefdogs- thanks to Blazer06- pours a light brown head that laces and copper color. Aroma is sweet citrus/resin, some light/medium malt. Taste is sweet citrus/resin hops with some bite, secondary light/medium malt. Nice. OK/soft carbonation.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought a bottle of this cuvee de bastard and decided to crack it open tonight.
Pours a deep, dark ruby red, almost mahogany/chestnut brown color with dark golden ruby orange hues when held to a light source. 1.5 finger frothy yellowish tan head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with circles and large splotches of soapy lacing. Looks great!
Complex aroma with a prominent sweet citrus hop presence up front as well as some earthy pine, sweet caramel malt, oak and vanilla. I’m actually picking up notes from each individual beer used in the blend. Slightly toasted underneath with a slight biscuit character in the nose.
Chewy body that’s on the fuller end with a very complex flavor profile. A blast of bitter earthy and sweet citrus hops up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry warm finish. Lots of earthy pine up front as well as some citrus peel and grapefruit. I’m actually surprised how bitter this is up front even for Stone. This is countered nicely mid-palate by a sweet caramel malt character that is nice and toasty with hints of biscuit, oak and vanilla. The hops are still the prominent flavor but the malt and oak notes provide decent balance. The high ABV is well masked with only slight warmth in the finish making this beast very quaffable. This might be too bitter/hoppy for some but once again Stone has impressed me.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Stone and in bottle. Really is a meeting of all three bastards. Has the body and alcohol of the DB and the oak is a nice accompliment - perhaps held back by the enigma that is Arrogant Bastard. Loses the impact of Db whilst the vanilla from the barrel does it give it a nice roundness. Very solid.
marcus (7311) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pours caramel with a thin beige head and a pine aroma. There is an intense caramel malt flavor with a sharply bitter hop finish Very piney.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler from whole foods.
aroma is bursting with spicy hops and caramel. very rich and amazing.
pours clear ruby brown with small fluffy tan head.
flavor has a bit of sweetness in front but is pretty heavy on the blunt bitter hoppiness.
medium body, nice fuzzy carbonation, bitter finish that lasts all day.
50belair (2877) - Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Burnt orange pour. Aromas of pine and citrus. Slightly bitter taste which is someone bland and nondescript. I expected a little more from Stone for the 13th anniversary of Arrogant Bastard...
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle) pours mahogany with giant off-white head. Aroma of pine, citrus and green mango. Taste is bitter with a nice malt backbone. Oily texture with a bitter finish. Nice beer.