NdubyaB (11) - Cartersville, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2009
I liked this beer. Unlike its counter part arrogant bastard this double actually tastes like something besides hops. In fact when I ordered the large bottle at Highlands in Kennesaw, the bartender sent over a sample glass with it because I was tasting it before him. This beer is excellent and I suggest you try it and add it to you list. I got the 22oz bottle, and that is MORE than enough though, not an all night drinker even for the fanatic. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2010 Bottle shared at Butter’s Big Cellar Blowout. Semi-hazy reddish pour with good white head. Muted citrus hop aroma, with malt sweetness. Tons of malt and caramel, bourbon, and earthy hop note Moderate alcohol warming on the back Awesome label. Just overated imo.
Also tasted a ’03 to ’08 vertical at Noogfest High Five. ’03 was my favorite vintage and is holding up nicely. BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2008 Release. Poured cloudy brown. Thin head. Pine and grapefruit aroma. Very thick and sweet with soem malt and caramel notes. Hoppy bitterness as it warms. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2015 Bottle. I believe this is much better than the "normal" bastard. Smoother and even has a higher alcohol content. What big beers should be. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2009
2008 batch. Deep brown color; silky, dark tan head that disappears fairly quickly but can be brought back briefly with some swirling. Aroma caramel, orange and lemon, raisin, and some piney hops; note of alcohol evaporation. Big flavor: Caramel sweetness and heavy, lingering hops; some peppery spice; dark fruit; some alcohol but doesn’t taste nearly 10%. Really nice mouthfeel; smooth and silky; moderate stickiness on the lips. Maybe a tiny bit overrated, but very good.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
22oz 2008 bottle enjoyed 8.5.09. Pours a clear medium-dark red with a nice dense fine frothy light tan/orange head. Aroma of American Barley Wine, dry pine, earthy, bitter, warming alcohol, richly oxidized caramel, a touch plasticy. Of course flavor is quite assertive at first, mellowed just a tad by age, odd play of dark bitterness, almost ashy/burnt against the sticky caramel, reminds slightly of Central Waters Y2K ale, dry bitter pine, earthy, some hot alcohol, plastic dullness, light fruit, definitely a Stone beer, has several similarities to Old Guardian. Some lighter notes of cotton candy, dough and brown sugar as well. Medium bodied, nice viscosity without being sticky or syrupy, soft smooth ubiquitous fizzy carbonation. Much better as it warms, definitely a BW now. [Huge thanks to drewbeerme for sharing 02 - 08 bottles with me in a sickening vertical tasting... still gathering my notes from that though. If I remember right I liked the older bottles the best] Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2009
A dark red to brown beer with little head. Aroma is strong with sweet, alcohol, & hoppy. Taste is sweet, hoppy, & a strong alcohol presence with port like qualities. Can get you drunk & is not for the weak. Christian (13601) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Dak copper with a lasting off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with fruit and caramel and plenty alcohol. Sticky sweet malty flavour with lots of citrus hop and bitterness, and again, plenty alcohol Cavie (4651) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Light aroma but has elements of rich malts and slighted hops. Taste is dry hops and bitter flavors. Has some sweetness on the finish but mainly sits with bitter dryness. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Well, this seemed a tad boozy to me. However, the more I drank the more a liked. This stuff is thick! 2009 version. at 10.5%