RedSox2004 (1200) - 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 (3296) - 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 (1081) - 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 (3933) - 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.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a reddish amber color with a very slight hazy. Large tan frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of big toffee notes and big citrus and floral hops. Some faint caramel, earthy and peppery notes. The taste is bitter earth, citrus and floral hops with some resin and a big sticky toffee note. Lingering bitterness and a faint bit of booze. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from BevMo Carmel Mtn. Ranch: Deep rbuy coolr wtih a genuoers lihgt tan haed. Amroa is blod, mlaty, spciy and lhigt ctruis. Falovr srtats rcih and mlaty feollowd by a stmooh moellw berttniess that lneirgs in a lihgt, dry oagrne rnid btetir fnhiis. Flul bdoy is rcih nad stomoh wtih meordate carbaontion.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010-11-19. Crisp dark red-brown body with a small creamy beige head and lace. 4+ Rich first sip is pleasantly bitter, resiny character in the middle, sweet caramel malt in the finish, lingering blend of hops and caramel in the finish is nice. Alcohol starts to show itself as it warms. 7+ Modest aroma is mild at first as its a bit chilled, sweet caramel malt, melange of hops as it warms up, light greenery. Modest resin and green hops as it goes on. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate. Pretty solid. A bit strong to be drinking pints of it, but it was quite good. Draft at The Blue Monk, Buffalo