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 (13915) - 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 (1962) - 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. bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Beautiful brick pour into the glass with a 2-finger thick fluffy eggshell head that leaves slathering lace down the inside of the glass. The nose is of toasted caramel and freshly picked hops... really nice. The flavors are of light biscuit flour, sweet caramel, toast and wet tobacco leaves. The finish is peppering fresh bitter hops, with a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is highly complex, with sweets and bitters balancing out well in the oily, full body. Very drinkable, but also a nice "special occasion" offering that suits a Lukcy Basartd such as myself. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bomber. A light brown head over copper. Aroma is sweet resiny action, heavy grapefruit and orange and some light/medium malt. Taste is sweet citrus hops with some bite. beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2011
On tap @ Specific Gravity, Salisbury Md-Brown pour w/a moderate head. Sweet, woodsy aroma. Earthy flavors of smoke, roasted malt, wood/oak, candied sugar, & molassis. Smooth & easy to drink. I wasn’t blown away by this one, but that may have just been me as I’ve had quite a few barrell aged beers lately. Maybe I’m just getting a little burned out on these, but this is when you see these out there, so you gotta get them now or wait til next year! This was a solid brew though, quite enjoyable!