jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Murky brown body with a small white head... Big citrus aroma, some roast, apples, fruits, apricot, lots of unknown fruits, mildly sweet... Fruity toasty semi sweet caramel flavor, some light citrus, apricot, cherry apple... medium bodied, a little slick... Really good and complex with crazy fruit undertones... lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep ruby/amber color with tons of floaties and a big beige head on top. A pungent aroma filled with loads of grapefruits, citrus rinds, and pine along with lots of caramel, bready maltiness, and enough rye to keep everything well-balanced. Goes down medium to full-bodied and kinda sticky. The taste leans toward the hoppy side of things, but there is still a malt presence big enough to keep things from being too lopsided. Caramel and toasted rye bread upfront. Tongue-tingling grapefruits and orange rinds on the backside. Quite drying. Plenty of alcohol warmth throughout. Great stuff. TheGent (657) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
I am a sucker for special one off releases so I grabbed this bomber. Great to know that the bastard has been around for so long. First aroma was the hops which were a touch of grapefruit but also some grass and pine. Butterscotch maltiness smell as well. Sweet malt nose dominates for the most part. Taste is sweet malt with some breadiness, hop bitter. Most importantly the subtle booziness is what separates the American Strong Ales from other styles for me. The finish is pretty dam bitter which was slightly hard to take, but I tried to keep my arrogance up and not show disapproval. skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2011
12oz draft at Smith’s Billiards in Springfield MA. I love all three of the beers that are blended into this one. The initial cold taste is very similar to the double bastard - smooth, malty, with a great kick of alcohol. As the beer warms up the harsh hop flavors from the Arrogant Bastard start to peak through. This was an amazing beer and I am glad that I was able to have it on draft. Yummy jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2011
apparently a dry-hopped Arrogant Bastard? 22 oz bottle, twice decanted into a plain pint glass. dark amber in color with an off-white, near tan, head that doesn’t diminish completely but doesn’t exactly float atop. Spicy and peppery hops dominate a big malt and caramel spine, with a tiny bit of alcohol heat hiding behind the strong greenery. medium-full body and tons of brutal alpha acids obscure the malt - not the prototypical PNW hops, with more earth and vine than citrus, although it’s a quite enjoyable strong ale. would make a great IPA if it were less boozy.
EKGoldings (675) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Dang tasty beer ... less abundantly hoppy than some of their other products, but I am really liking the balance in this one. Pours amber, nice head, aroma is sweet caramel, pine hops, taste is more of the same. Really quite a nice beer .. I’ll have to put a case or two in the basement. Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Pours burnt orange with small off white head. Aroma is very piney, citrusey with some caramel sweetness. Taste is piney goodness that is bitter, sweet almost woody finish.
emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Nice blend of flavors. Not as bold or sour as the double bastard but with a stronger, more bitter bite. But in a good way, it a very balanced beer with lots of citrusy notes coming through. Good stuff from Stone ... again beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 7, 2011
im not sure if im understanding the definition of an "american strong ale" compared to an imperial ipa, caused this tasted like a straight forward dipa to me, west coast hop bomb to be sure, citrusy and flowery, no real malt signature at all, you know what to expect from stone at this point, more of a variation on a theme. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Poured a copper reddish brown with beautiful off white head. Aroma tons of fresh hops caramel and pine. Taste was extremely bitter with a hint of oak, caramel, burnt toast, and biscuits.