GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Pours a dark amber color w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth. Decent head retention that reduces to a few spattered islands and a full ring of lace. Aromas of citrus rind hops and caramel malts. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Thid brew is very hoppy w/ a perfectly balanced use of mildly sweet malts. Big citrus rind overtones. Not a complex brew flavor wise but exmpliphying an American Strong Ale style very well. This is thee American Strong Ale, California style. The finish is long and enduring w/ ample citrus rind bittering and a lasting malt sweetness. mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 This is my first ever experience with the Bastard. It is anything but subdued. Both malt and hops figure prominently. Overall, the hop bitterness vastly overpowers the malt, making this one dry and acutely bitter. The hops also provide a fruity character, mostly citrus and pineapple, but reminiscent of all sorts of tropical fruits. As it warms up, the malt gains strength and holds off the bitterness, but also the other hop character, making it actually a bit less enjoyable. Also, I found a bit of a sawdust flavor. This beer is a mixed bag. Some definite strengths, but overall just doesn’t round out into as great of a beer as I was expecting from Stone. Now let’s see how I feel about the Double Bastard.... SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
On Tap, Bar Ugly, Pgh, PAthornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Poured dark amber. Nice big creamy white head, that nicely laced the glass. Aroma citrusy and malty, with hoppy notes. Flavor starts with caramel notes, sweet, fruity, flavor and ends with grapefruit and hops. Nice mouthfeel. Agressive flavors!
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Pours a deep burgandy. Very sweet, malty aroma. Very well balanced with caramel malts and hops. Long bitter finish. amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Draft at Eulogy in Philadelphia. Pretty dark brownish/red. Sweet and fruity aroma. Delicious sweet and fruity flavor with a bitter hoppy finish. Hints of blackberry and grapefruit? I loved this beer! Would definitely drink more of this.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2006
Deep amber beer with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with a faint caramel note along some hoppy fruityness. Sweet malty flavor with some dry and citric hoppyness. Thanx to Luke for bringing this one to Denmark. chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Oh but I do like it Stone and I am sophisticated. Anyways great caramel roast flavor. Ver aggressive but balanced with its hoppy and malty backbone. Knda sweet finish which I enjoyed jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Aroma of yeast and fresh-baked bread with notes of citrus and grass. The aggressive flavor is filled with bitter hops with firm, sweet malts behind them. Long, bitter and dry finish. Medium body. Solid, tasty beer. OldMrCrow (2435) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
On tap at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Santa Fe.
Pours a dark and robust brown with amber highlight and an adequate head. This beer is almost a caricature of a Stone Brewing beer - not that this is a bad thing.The aroma is a brash and in-your-face combination of strong PacNW hops and conspicuous toasted malts; the taste follows as expected, avoiding the heavy hop + too-dark roasted malt mistake of many American strong ales (particularly the winter seasonals). No war between hops and malt here, both hold up their end of the bargain. The palate is pleasing, and beer is very satisfying to drink. A good in-your-face session beer, this one.
Bottle Compairing this to the oaked bastard that I had last night, it just doesn’t hold up. All of the stuff I wrote above is more or less true, but the hops are too ruinition-esque to bring out the best in the rest of the beer. Mellow the whole thing out with oak, and it really comes into its own.
UPDATED: APR 2, 2006 Great taste, dark ruddy color. Agressive taste is a good description. The flavor is so strong that it stayed with me into my next beer which I wasn’t a fan of. The packaging is borderline obnoxious - funny at first, got old fast - I’m just as worthy as the next guy, a’thank you.