Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Dark amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of caramel malt, spicy hops, & pine; Flavor of sweet malt, rich spicy hops, citrus (notably grapefruit), and some caramel; Finish is bitter with some alcohol; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, another version of Arrogant Bastard - quite good. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/copper color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is citrusy and pine hops, caramel malt, and some vanilla and oak. Not surprisingly, there’s a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and a bit slick with good carbonation. The smoothness of this brew helps make the drinkability good. I think it’s a good overall brew, definitely worth a try. With that being said, I like the other Bastards more than this one. It was still a cool idea to blend them anyway! Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2013 I’m a big fan of all 3 Bastards thus was quite anxious to try this one. Full, inviting hop aroma Stone has come to be known by. I get hints of all 3 of the original beers but the oak aged definately stands out. Makes this quite smooth and dangerously drinkable at such a high ABV. A top notch brew - i’ve come to expect nothing less from Stone. DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Draft at Isaac’s. Pours a dark, almost opaque brown with a thick brow head. Nose is highly hopped with some boozy oak tones. Taste is really special. Initial bittering hops aren’t overpowering, but the flavoring hops give this beer a deep, complex bitterness. This is balanced out nicely by an oak finish complete with vanilla, booze, and dark wood. Finishes sticky on the tongue, leaving a hop flavor coating the tongue. Really a great blend of Stone’s series. jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours a ruby red with nice tan head. Nice hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and some vanilla hidden in there. The hoppy taste is actually quite subdued once you actually take a sip, with very little lingering bitterness. Almost a bit spicy on the tongue. Good mouthfeel, not watery at all. I’m impressed with this, although I knew I would be as I watched it pour out of the glass--the fire red color is truly impressive.
rader58 (926) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Pours a cloudy burnt orange/amber. Aroma of citrus, tea, pine with hints of wood and earth. Flavor is citrus, pine, wood, resin. Very hop forward with a caramel, vanilla, wood coming through in the middle. The finish is bitter with a brown sugar and earthiness. A nice melding of flavors of all the bastards! SudsMcDuff (8488) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
They called me Smelsin, ..its funny because you smell .. . Pours a dark brown, medium foam .. . wow, what a beer to start the day.. . tons of fresh sap, bark, resin, molasses, and burnt toast with hop jam .. . a quality brew but meant for a nightcap, to much for 1pm .. . Had on tap @ the Gingerman, Jan 9th 2010 .. cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark maroon and hazy body with a 1.5 finger tan head. Strong dark malty nose with oak and a bit of a spruce-like smell. Deep and strong malty flavor with a spruce-like flavor with a noted creamy mouthfeel. There’s also vanilla and oak from the aged portion of the beer. The bitterness of the beer is fairly intense and of a floral, bush-like flavor. Finish is pretty strong from the deep maltiness, bitterness, a little harsh, and some alcohol. Not as good as any of the individual components in my mind. soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2011
22 oz bottle. Had a lot of trouble finding this beer on rate beer... then I realized that the beer is actually not spelled the right way... Oh well. Pours a brownish copper color with a small light tan head. Smells of light citrus, a ton of hops, a bit of alcohol, and maybe some sweetness to it (could be the citrus?). Tastes fairly similar to the aroma, but man does this beer pack some punch it. It doesn’t even try to be smooth until the aftertaste, just a straight kick in the mouth. Very impressive nonetheless. FROTHINGSLOSH (8139) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Sampled on draft at D’s in Monroeville this beer poured a very dark red-amber color with a large creamy tan head that lingered forever and produced incredible lacing. The aroma was orange, pine, grapefruit and wood. The flavor was bitter and intense pine and grapefruit - fairly harsh and boozy with light undertones of caramel and wood. The finish was long, dryish, bitter, hoppy and harsh. Medium body. Ok.