jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Pours mahogany/amber with a small creamy reddish/tan head. Dark fruit, caramel, toffee, a bit of alcohol, and of course, wonderful resiny/piney hop aromas. Flavor is even more complex. Malty sweetness with that same caramel and toffee, notes of dark fruit undertones, and very forward piny hops. Guess that’s a little redundant. Either way, another fantastic ale from Stone. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
22oz bottle, 2006 release. Pours a clear reddish amber; light tan head with attractive lacing. Huge, hoppy aroma: piney and floral hops, brown sugar. Full, chewy mouthfeel: piney hops, maple syrup, some red fruits; nicely-balanced (especially for an american strong ale); alcohol remains hidden. Remarkably balanced finished considering the amount of hops in there. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Dark mahogany pour, ruby highlights, and a small dense tan head. Smells of dark fruit, citrus, caramel malt, a hint of spice, and a little alcohol. Very complex flavor with lots of intermingling of figs, caramel and and in your face hop bitterness. Nice full body but slightly sticky. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2006
From a 22oz Bottle, 2060 Vintage. Pours a deep cherry wood color with a well sustaining layer of foamy cream head. Semi-transparent, beautiful coloring. Gripping aroma. A load of citrusy hops bites the nose instantly while drifting in for the first whiff. Creeping in more slowly gets past the somewhat harsh hops and moves on the reveal some soft white apricot fruits. Full bodied, heavy mouthfeel with a mild, soothing carbonation. A touch of caramelly sweetness starts out on the tongue before ending with the expected whallop of hop bitterness. Lots of malt, lots of body, but the complexity seems to be missing. Just a lot of crystal malt and piney spruce hop resin bitterness going on. On the plus side, the craftsmanship is excellent - great body, great head retention, and the alcohol is masked frighteningly well. Good overall, but the malt and hop characters strike me as rich, but not complex overall. For my money, I would rather simply drink the standard AB, as the flavors are practically the same, and take advantage of the lighter, less chewy body and increased drinkability. marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Lots of hops on the nose as well as a molasses sweetness, dried fruits, caramel, and toffee. Big maltiness and a thin, light carbonation on the body. Definitely some alcohol burn on the end but at 10% its still well masked.
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
I was surprised to see this on the shelf...what a nice warming treat for a cold day. This is a great big ale that has a strong hop flavor and biterness. There’s a sweet fruity charachter to this that is complimented well by the bitter aftertaste...ummmm, hop candy. The ABV is hidden well but is finding it’s way to my head quickly. Cheers. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Twenty-two-ounce bottle. Poured a redish brown with a thin quickly disolving head with some carbination bubbles visible on the glass. Strong smell of citrus (grapefruit) hops and some malt sweetness. It’s been a while since I had an original Bastard, so it is hard to compare but this beer I think it is safe to say has the best balance between malt and hops out of any of the Bastard variations. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel with a bit of alcohol in the throat as it warms but not overdone. Also it becomes more malty as it warms but still has a hoppy aftertaste that last just about the right amount of time. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Finally! I am able to get my hands on this beer! Bottle. Pours a beautiful mahogany with a nice off-white head on top that is leaving nice lacing. Aroma is fruit, malts, hops, caramel, the aroma is huge in this beer. Definitely a complex aroma. Flavor is a hard smack to the face. Lots of flavors within this beer. At first sip you get hit with tons of grapefruit/hops/pine hitting the palate. Fruit and caramel come in after to help sweeten the beer but not too much. The beer is definitely bitter but it is a very nice bitterness, one that makes the beer extremely enjoyable. You can easily tell from the first sip this is the evil big brother of Arrogant Bastard Ale. This beer is simply delicious! Zimmo (57) - Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA - NOV 11, 2006
22 oz from mail order. Description on bottle had me hesitant, but first taste blew me away. Hops aroma is very strong as is hops taste, but in a very pleasing way. Poured amber/copper with virtually no head. Strong aftertaste, but again, if the taste is good, the aftertaste is as well. This is the best beer I have ever tasted and will be the benchmark I use for future beers. nimbleprop (8452) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Smelled hoppy and fruity, but more like an Imperial IPA than a Strong Ale. Poured a copper amber with a frothy, creamy off white head. Malty flavor, floral, hoppy. Finish is far too harsh to make this beer pleasing, too much palatable alcohol. Good, but better beers are smoother.