jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2006
2006 Bottle: Pours a deep reddish copper with a bountiful head. Aroma is purely hops - citrus and florals. Taste is packed with... gee, let me think - HOPS! However, the dominating hops are backed with fruity wine tones and some sweet malt. Has a silky and rich feel througout the entire glass and will remain one of my favorites from Stone. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Bottle via trade with cbkschubert. Beautiful ruby color. Floral hop aroma. The flavor was out of this world. Complex malt/hop taste. Sweet but not too sweet,Hoppy but not too hoppy(is that possible??) This is a great beer. Big, aggressive, rich, sticky, AND with a smooth warming alcohol finish. Thanks, Craig LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2006 bottle. Color is a nice gleaming dark red. Pretty nice looking with a little creamy toffee colored head. The aroma is of course similar to arrogant bastard...but on steroids. Aroma of sweet syrupy candied apples, sweet malts, and not much hop aroma to speak of at all. The taste i very smooth upfront with malty sweetness coming through, followed by an almost over the top bitterness for a strong ale...but it works well for this beer. I wouldnt mind trying an older bottle to see if the malt shines through over the bitterness after a couple years. Good stuff!!! jblendy (521) - 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 (3208) - 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 (1310) - 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 (163) - 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.