johnnypub (10) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Got my 3L bottle filled at the new brewery on 7/29/06. Poured an amber brown with a fluffy tan head. Head sticks around for a good while. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Flavors were grassy hops and some pine and of coarse the smokiness from the oak. Some caramel malts balance out the flavor. The taste is smoother than regular A B. Palate was smooth and the alcohol isn’t harsh at all. Im loving this glass right now. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
2004 3 L Vintage Bottle. Thanks Joe. Deep reddish amber in color with a nice white head. Hoppy malty aroma. Vanilla, oak notes. Malty and very hoppy flavor. Piney earthy hops. Sweet. Caramel notes. Finish is bitter. Medium bodied. Nice beer. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Thanks to Joeec5 for schleping this huge bottle to the NYRBG - I don’t quite know what it is about this beer that is different from regular ABA - what I can say is that it is far drier, and the wood has really mellowed the sweetness, but other than that, it’s pretty much the same - not that that’s bad, because ABA is freakin’ awesome - so, hence, this beer is freakin’ awesome, too! Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
On tap at the Brewery... it was a little darker than the standed ABA, and had a nice and subtle sweet taste on the tounge. The oak seemed to take away the slight alcohol burn that the regular ABA has... very good brew HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2006
From a huge 3 L bottle. Ruby red in color. Large white head with nice lacing though out the glass. Big malt, and vanilla in the aroma. The flavor is the same with malt, oak, and vanilla with a nice pine/grapefruit bitterness to smooth it out. Very nice beer.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Draught at Newport Pizza And Ale in OB. I’ve never had a really strong opinion of AB or 2x AB in the past. Sure, I’ve liked both enough, but didn’t feel strongly enough about either to want to rate them. I’ve been revisiting some of the Stone brews lately and have found I’m enjoying them more than before. Maybe my tastes have changed. This version of AB is my favorite. The oak is not at all overwhelming, but serves to mellow both the sweetness and bitterness somehow, generally adding a well balanced product. Nose is pretty weak and lacks any wood tones, but the flavor is lacking the syrupy malt quality of the other ABs, which is good. Still roasty, but not sugary/caramel. Cheek-clucking bitterness remains, but in a more subdued manner. The oak chips seem to add a lot to the end product, but one thing they do not contribute is a whole lot of woody/bark flavor. That’s good for me. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
On tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. Browny colour with a minimal white head. Aroma was similar to the regular Bastard but with a hint of oak and vanilla. Taste has some woody notes but little else distinguishes this from the regular one. starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2006
A little flat but should be all right- from maniac’s cellar. Hazy mahogany colour with ivory head. Tasty woody aroma with hints of vanilla. It is rather flat, yet still delicious. I so wish I’d had this at first. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
2004 vintage -- Ahhhh... finally we get to opening this bad boy after 5 months of waiting. Huge thanks to maniac for sharing this beauty. Huge oak and vanilla accents in the aroma. So big one can smell it from a large distance away. Great big ivroy head that dimishes slowly. Perfect ruby colored body. Great woody accents and light oak tastes. Vanilla and dark fruits come through in the ending. Very nice blending of this complex flavoring. Another huge winner from Stone. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2006
2004 bottle. Clear deep mohogany color with a huge frothy light brown head that lingers. Aroma of sweet malt, lots of oak and vanilla and some toffee. Sweet oaked flavor, some nice floral hops, some pine and a good of caramel. A very good beer, but a tad expensive given that it’s only available in 3 liter bottles.