nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2011
The aroma is very hoppy and malty with caramel and pine. The appearance is deep hazy amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but a bit astringent. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a quality beer but just a bit to astringent for me. muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
22 oz bottle hand-delivered by a friend of mine who just returned from the Stone Brewery(lucky bastard). He told me I was going to enjoy it, and he was right. Malty rich aroma. Deep copper color. Thin but efficient lacing head. Without a doubt it is from the ’bastard’ family of ales, but the character of this one is a bit more balanced than the aggressive arrogant and much more subdued than the over-the-top double bastard. I have always had a hard time describing the flavors in these beers, I just know I love them! llcooldave (1212) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Coppery brown in color. Sweet malt aroma with some hoppy citrus notes; grapefruit. Bitter pine and citrus flavors followed by an aspirin aftertaste. Overall, interesting but not too flavorful. Just kinda bitter... Maybe I got a bad bottle. May need to try it again and rerate.
SDalkoholic (2377) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle from E street Liquor: Created a firm layer of soft refined bubbles while the liquid was a dark tea brown color with a mahogany tint. In the nose, a bold aroma of rich sweet and sticky malts and oily green hops which smell identical to the other bastard ales. The flavor is also sweet with a sweet taste of sugary caramel malts that are similar to syrup while also having a bite of bitter citrus fashioned hops. This was a nice and high quality beer that balanced well between the two original bastards. Gachupines (1252) - USA - FEB 23, 2011
Deep brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is hops with a slight smoked maltiness. Flavor is rich, strong hops without overwhelming. Very well balanced in the finish. A little astringent aftertaste but not at all in an unpleasant way. Really enjoyed this, like an Arrogant Bastard with the intensity turned down slightly.
phaleslu (10104) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle via trade with michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Pours a deep, ruby-amber color with a thick, foamy off-white head that laces the glass. Aroma of the usual Stone grapefruity hops, sweet malts, and spicy grains. Flavor of grapefruit-citrusy hops, sweet malts, sugar, grass, and wood. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a bitter, chewy mouthfeel. Not a whole lot stands out as unique here, but it’s a solid, unmistakably Stone beer. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2011
nice and arrogant, the way I like it! Little heavier than the regular bastard, much easier to drink than the double bastard, and a little smoother than either thanks to the oaked bastard. I’m sure all of that is the point, bottom line, all the bastards are great, and this one is too. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Aroma is oily pine sap and orange peel. Rich tangerine notes and spicy malt with some rye.
Appearance is deep ruby red. Thick, fluffy beige head that sticks around.
Flavor is woody with a sweeter finish. Typical of a gritty, woody IPA that’s malt heavy but with a hop that’s just short of imperial.
The palate is slick, smooth and nicely thick-bodied. Overall, all the Stones mixed together make a nice, balanced IPA. Plenty of woody hops, good malt counter. blipp (9172) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours red amber with a yellow beige head. Hoppy aroma, with floral notes, toffee sweet malts, and light oaky notes. The flavor is well balanced with floral, almost herbal hop notes, toffee, and light oak. Pretty good. reggiedunlop (3718) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
pours an opaque amber/ruby color with a thick, creamy tan head...very lively looking...great lacing and retention. aroma is fairly floral with grapefruit and spice...also hints of caramel and raisin. flavor is slightly sweet and caramely at first but drys significantly with very hoppy flavors! some grapefruit, earthy and spicy hops. mouthfeel is a bit thin up front but is lively. finish is very earthy and hoppy and lingers for some time.