pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12iz snifter at barley house, Algonquin... Pours a dark reddish caramel brown pour, mostly non-trasparent with a fluffy light beige head... Aroma is a mostly standard piney citrusy hop forwardness with, to a much lesser degree, a biscuity maltiness to goalong with it. I might be imagining it but there might be a trace if vanilla and oak on the backend but I may be reaching... Flavors are of citrus and herbal tea notes, an earthy bitterness through the middle, and finishes off with an oaky soft vanilla presence while still maintaining an adequate bitterness. Decent beer really, well made, without anything unique that really jumps out to grab you.
swoopjones (4962) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ Blue Monk, Buffalo. Mahoghany colored pour with fresh piney hops aroma. hops smell & taste very fresh.not as strong & agressive as I thought it would be.slightly astringent but somewhat balanced. Pretty good & I’m glad I got a keg
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry red with a large, frothy and active off-white head with plenty of lace. Nose is green hops, solvent, vanilla, brown sugar, roast, light citrus. I like this a little bit more than I want to. I really don’t like any of the three bastards much anymore on their own, but somehow blended together with some fresh hops it tastes a bit more mellow and balanced. Astringency comes through in the finish as you drink a little more. Maybe I don’t like this much after all. I know I won’t be buying a bottle. thanks for hooking it up, taylor.
HonkeyBra (2883) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour with off white head that dissipates to nothingness. Aroma of pine, herbal, and other generically bitter hops. A touch of vanilla and oak sweetness, light cherry cola syrup. Strong bitter flavor, dry, herbal and pine. Sweetness is subtle and kept in check by the strong hops. The bitterness is fairly generic though, which detracts from the overall flavor. It’s not bad, it’s just not impressive. Finishes with wet oak. Cola like carbonation. This beer feels like an Old Navy commercial.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber, fresh from grape & gourmet, poured into my double bastard glass. pours a gorgeous, clear copper with glints of ruby and a short, creamy, off-white head leaving tight rings of lace. aroma is awesome with huge, fresh, massively piney, resinous hops, orange peel, and light tropical notes backed by herbal spice, sweet caramel malts, and just a hint of oaked vanilla. flavor is fantastic as well with those trademark arrogant, aggressive, stone hops coming to the forefront with big pine resin, citrus peel, and wet grass balanced by a light sweetness of toffee-dipped cherries, peach syrup, and graham crackery malts with the slightest touch of nutty oak on the finish. palate is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a smooth bitterness. unmistakably stone and maybe my favorite bottled version of the bastard.
RickTStiles (632) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours deep dark amber with a thin off white head and some lacing. aroma is dark malt, hops and overripe fruit. taste is hops, licorice, citrus, wood and cherries... but mostly hops... all against a dark malt background. finish has a subtle sweetness with almost red wine characteristics but ultimately the hops win.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper red with a creamy off white head. Good strong citrus hops and caramel aroma and taste with a decent bitter bite and a hoppy finish.
zizzybalubba (1259) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham, NC. Copper colored pour with a creamy off-white head. Fresh hop aroma of pine with a bit of spiciness and Earth. The taste is incredible; big grapefruit rind, pine, spruce, and grass with an assertive malt backbone to provide sweetness and balance. Quite excellent.
cmc619 (353) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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BOLTZ7555 (2603) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice mahogany pour with a crimson hue and pillowy eggshell head that left a significant amount of lacing. Aroma is dominated by rich caramel malt and pine resin. Aggressive but balanced. Toffee, brown sugar, and honey followed by and incredible bitterness from the mountain of hops. Definitely get some tart grapefruit and lemon zest. Not sure what percentages are used but this one definitely steers more toward regular AB versus Double and I don’t really find much oak in this one. The alcohol is fairly well hidden...especially given it’s age. Pretty damn good.