iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Definitely a double bastard! Very much a mouthful. Strong alcohol content is much prevalent. Ruddy brackish brown in color. A touch of hop balance is ever so present. Taste of a bit of citrus / fruit, mostly heavy peat, grains of wood and malts. BE in the mood. I’ve enjoyed on a great sampling sipping day and I’ve choked it down when I didn’t ... "stay far, far away!" biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Clear red, creamy thin head. Very fruity aroma with some pineapple, melanoidin malt. Sweet, bitter and alcoholic but smooth and tasty. Reminds me of a bitter dopplebock. madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Pours deep reddish brown. Thin light brown head. Good lacing. Good looking beer. Very strong aroma, very complex, lots of dark fruits and a little wood. I even sense a little smoke. Flavor is really intense, fruity and figs. Very bitter and the alcohol is really apparent. Really warms as it goes down. Medium body, I would’ve thought it would’ve been a little thicker or oily. Bitter and fruity finish. Great brew. fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Almost no head. Reddish brown hue. Figgy caramel nose. Cheesey grapefruit hops mix with a lot of caramel malt. I like it except the finish is a little bitter for my taste. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Thanks to kramer17801 for this 2004 bottle. The brew pours to a think khaki head that leaves lots of lacing. The body is a red garnet color. The aroma is very strong. Lots of dark fruits, oaken barrels, English walnuts, some sorta fruit jam. Almost like a really over the top brown ale that’s been barrel aged. The flavor seems to carry some Amarillo hops with lots of sweet components. Again, I detect lots of things that remind me of a brown ale, but a really over the top brown ale. Oaked walnuts, maple syrup, strong "strange" hops, sweetness. It’s like they made jam out of hops and walnuts. Perhaps a chutney? Anyway, this is pretty intense and still quite enjoyable. The palate well masks the 10% alcohol. I don’t "taste" it, but there is definitely a warming effect. Medium bodied yet really smooth and not very lingering. I liked the "regular" bastard a little better. Both are good brews.
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Thanks to Chuck for sharing his 2004 bottle. I arrived at the final total of 4.2 of my previous rating without realizing I already rated this.
2003 vintage consumed on 4/15/2007. The beer pours to a very clean red-hued body with a bubbly tan head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is English toffee and nougat. Sweet sherry and nicely aged malt. The hops are still apparent. The flavor is much like the aroma and is full of nicely aged barley, sherry, nougat, and toffee. The palate is creamy, moderately full bodied, lightly bitter peanuts. 8, 4, 8, 4, 17
Thanks to egajdzis. Pours a translucent red amber small off white lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is nice and creamy, roasted malts and nicely balanced by some great bitter hops. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 [bomber] Pours a nice red-amber color, with a white head that sticks around for quite a while. A really beefed-up version of the standard Bastard: major hops, major malts and some subtle vanilla. The alcohol certainly has a greater presence in this brew. This is an excellent, strong brew. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark amber with an ivory white head. Spotty lacing is left on the glass .
Smell is of tons of malt, hops, along with some oaky vanilla going on.
Taste is of the same aromas. Very nice and hard to put into words. All I know is that I like it.
Mouthfeel is super smooth with a sweetness that comes through.
This is awesome but some abv is evident and you’ll be able to tell. adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - OCT 27, 2005
2004 22 oz bomber. Pours a amber brown color with a very thick creamy beige head. Aroma is very malty with hops prominent. Also smells like a freshly cut oak tree. Taste has that brandy feel to it. Powerful stuff. Very hoppy and malty with hints of nuts,caramel and vanilla. Slightly stronger and better than Arrogant Bastard. Jeffsloane (10) - USA - OCT 26, 2005
Doesnt quite measure up to its cousin at any level except possibly appearance. Really the question you might be asking yourself is "why?". The it becomes glaringly obvious: 10% holy shit! So, while it doest taste as great as Arrogant bastard, this stuff can get you pretty f’d up.