Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Copper red/brown with forever latte head. Nose is sweet caramel malt and brown sugar. Sweet and malty. Taste is huge caramel bubble gum malt. Creamy goodness with sharp warming. Reminds me of the Lagunitas malt profile. And, as my moniker hints, that’s a good thing. Sharp oaky goodness in the back. Can I coin the phrase "Malt Monster"? PhillyBeer2112 (2919) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Not very appealing brownish color, but a good firm and creamy tan head sat atop it. Very nice spicy and citric hoppy nose, possibly a hint of oak or cocoa that comes through more in the flavor, along with rounded heavy malts. Medium mouthfeel, balanced if big finish. Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JAN 26, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2011 Puros a rcih amebr wtih dencet szie off-whtie haed. Amroa of caarmel, gruieaprft, lgiht ciurts, pnie, and shligt oak. Tstae is inractite starintg off sglkiochny wodoy wtih a cmialng and stmooh bitetr and seewt coaoiimtbnn finihess wdooy and ntuty posbilsy baseuce of smoe yaset in the puor? Platae is ierdblciny smtooh and has a crietan sikly shonsteoms. Oevrlal vrey good but mabye a liltte hepyd up. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, pine, hops, resin, light citrus, light wood, and slight caramel malt. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a large, creamy dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small and medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter and light to medium sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, resin, malt, light wood, slight caramel, and some brown sugar. Medium body. Slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Resin, hops, light wood, pine, malt, slight caramel finish is dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
A reddish copper ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a wonderful hop bomb with pink grapefruits, kiki, lichee, mentol and alcohol. In mouth, a smooth biscuitty malt with c-hops, citrus, menthol and warming alcohol, well balanced. On tap at Mr. Beery’s , Jan 3 2011.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Tap. Rating #323. Dark reddish brown with a dirty white head. Big sweet spicy hops, caramel malts, really nice. Big hop flavor, but nicely balanced with more rich maltiness. Nice stuff. (1464) Pwn3d (1958) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle at rattle n hum. Vanilla and wood, some slight cinnamon. Dark brown sugar. Nice... Interesting creamy but astrigent ale. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bomber. Pours a nice orange mahogany with a dense stand of frothy beige head. The aroma is trademark Bastard. Piney chinook hops jump into my nose immediately, followed by a little bit of citrus and a good dose of woody toasted malts. This is pretty much exactly how I imagined this smelling. The flavor is very woody, between the piney hops, toasted malts, and actual oak. Then comes an interesting fruity sweetness that I wasn’t really expecting. Cantaloupe, strawberry, maybe a little bit of mango. Caramel, toast, and wood come in the finish, which is on the bitter side. That bitterness sticks around in the mouth for a while, though it doesn’t seem as harsh as any of the individual Bastards. Pretty good beer, but does not amount to the sum of its parts. Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Reddish brown pour from bottle with an off white head. Citrus and pine aroma. Taste is burnt wood, citrus, pine and caramel. Boozy finish. Solid.
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
bottle: tropical, citra hop arouma. floral, meadowy with grass clippings. arouma is quite amazing. Hazy dark red pour, caramel malts, crisp and bready. finishes bitter and dry with some astringency. sticky sugars hang out on the lips and tongue.