crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Courtesy of Degarth.
Pours deep ruby red. Malty, not too hoppy at all, grapefruit hops, slight chocolate, alcohol isn’t noticeable, and pretty sweet. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
From a bottle thanks to Noah. 2005 vintage. Pours a great mahogany red color, one of the best from a strong ale I’ve seen in awhile. Notes of brown sugar and hops on the nose lead into caramel and toffee on the front of the palate. Finishes with a bracing hop note, which should fade in time, but I found a bit too over-the-top. Need to age a few to rerate down the road. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
On tap at the EBF...
Appearance:Amber,good tan head..
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 Pours a hazy dark amber with big white head. Packs in tons of caramel malt, some brown sugar, tobacco, and dark fruit. Carries a moderate sweetness and is a bit rough throughout. Finishes with a sneaky balancing bitterness. Alcohol presence is there, but not overwhelming. As advertised, this is one huge beer. It was tough for even Jeanne and I to split this one together. A year old bottle of this with less bitterness might be fantastic, and great for a meal. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Bottled in 2003. Poured a nice brown/orange color. Head lasted very well. Aroma was of citrus. Flavor was perfect Carmel malts and grapfruits, no pine. Great Great beer."
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
who can resist! taste and understand. smooth taste and incredibly strong but this soon dissipates and becomes quite an enjoyable sip. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Lots of malt. Lots of hops. Lots of alcohol. This is a great American Strong Ale, and what I like to call a hop coctail. Pours to a deep amber to red color with a white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is excellent with lots of good piney and citrus hop aroma paired with some estery fruit. The palate is firm with good sweet and caramel malt flavor, and a nice back drop of estery fruit. Double Bastard finishes with good malt and fruit notes up front, the ends with some good piney hop bitterness, and a soothing alcohol bite. Really nice before or after dinner drink, and makes for a great sipping brew. Lowe1983 (1592) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours an amber color with a medium tan head. The aroma is very strong of fruits, caramel, hops, and a little alcohol but not overpowering. The aroma alone was enough for me to just dive in right away. Very strong hoppy flavor, just how I like it. Leaves a hoppy flavor with some alcohol warming on the finish. Very delicious brew. Drink this only if you like a very hoppy brew, otherwise don’t even bother. droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
22oz bottle pours a deep reddish brown w/ a thin light brown head. Bold complex aroma w/ lots of dark fruits smoky woods. Strong bittering hops flavor w/ hints of fruits and figs. Bitter aftertaste, definitely tastes like a 10% alcohol brew. I like it better than the regular AB, but I think I like the oaked AB better than this. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Ah, let me clear my sinuses. Wew, just took my first sip. Did someone crank up the stereo ? I hear Judas Priest, Rob Holford and the guy’s whailing and I got front row seats. A brutal assult on my olfactory sensors. The Bordeaux of all brews, The Bully, The Dragon, The, The......all names that front themselves in my mind when confronted with such a massive, explosive combination of malts-hops-yeast-and water. Big, bold, earthy, citrus, chewy, off dry, very complex. The finish, who said finish, it’s been three months since my last sip and i can still taste it. No finish here. the flavor has to die to have a finish. It just keeps going, more like the Terminator. Alcohol is well hidden. I saved a bottle and will open winter 2006 to see how bottle age effects this gargantuous ale. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended to those willing to try. ****REVISION 4-8-06**** this just in. I opened that bottle. Couldn’t wait til winter. So it’s been six month in my closet and it’s much more mellow. Drank it ice cold and the caramel character was front row. Kind of barely wine-ish at this point. The hops are still kicking though. Prolly go a while longer. Still fantastic.