changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Fresh bomber. Pours a deep amber color with a thin tan head on top. Caramel, resin, grapefruit, toffee, toasted malt aroma. Definitely hoppy, as expected with Stone. The flavor is where this one shines though with the classic Stone hop bill. Bitter resins and grapefruit supported by a thick malty backbone. Sweet toffee and caramelized malts contribute to the hefty body. This is hopped aggressively so that the dry bitter hops can match, and overtake all that malt. The dry hopping is evident. I don’t know why, anything hoppy from Stone tends to be good, but I was aprehensive about this one. I guess I’m not as big into the Imperial Red, or American Strongs these days but this one is well done, just like Stone 13th was very well done. alobar (3914) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma of hops, pine, caramel, and citrus. Powerful hop bitterness with caramel, pine and citrus. Big beer. Big taste and not for the faint of palate. mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Pours a deep brown-amber color with tinted tan head. Aroma is full of caramel malt and arrogance. The flavor hits you with a hammer, full of bitterness from both hops and chocolate malt. At first, super aggressive but surprisingly drinkable. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Deep amber color pour with a foamy top. Aroma of hops and a bit of malt and wood. Flavor is exactly what you would expect a Stone Bastard brew to be. No surprises, but very good. halfonit (1398) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Pours a deep amber color. Aroma is of hops, tree bark, and citrus. Flavor is of centennial hops, cascade hops, and grapefruit. Leaves a very strong hop finish. This is definitely not for people who don’t like hops.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
I am a Lukcy Bastard for trying this beer! aroma is sweet hops. Pours a transparent brown with a nice off whiite head. All kinds of cool crap floating around inside the glass!
taste is a great hop punch, with a very filling mouth feel. Aftertaste is nice and bitter. Too bad I only have 1 bottle! Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle 650ml Tricountybeer (167) - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Aroma: Neat citrus aroma , fresh , clean frontal feel. Caramel follow up together with mango and peach.
Appearance: slight haze , ruby-brown with large creamy top. Sticky lace on glass walls. 4-
Flavour and Palate: Medium plus bodied. Leafy overtone hop character. Fairly mild carbonation. Brown-caramel malt blend. Mild hop citric finish. Nice offering but not great one.
#100 - 22oz bottle pours a lightly hazy, deep copper amber with a thick, creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Nose has plenty of citrus hops, It’s very much an "earthy" brew, so much in the sense that it overwhelms the taste buds to the point where it lingers.Super smooth with soft carbonation and a medium body. An excellent blend. ( Clark) adam42381 (627) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Pours a dark caramel color with a 2-3 finger fluffy light tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
Smell: Sweet citrus, pineapple and caramel malt with just a hint of alcohol peeking through in the background. Very fruity hop aroma. Smells great.
Taste: Caramel malt up front for just a moment before sweet citrus pops up in the middle leading to a blast of bitter lemon peel and grapefruit with a touch of pine at the finish. Mildly spicy with definite notes of black pepper. Aftertaste is solidly bitter with just a hint of sweet caramel to balance it out.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. There is a distinct stickiness to the hops that coat the mouth.
Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. The alcohol is masked pretty well, meaning that this one has the potential to sneak up on you. I’ll finish the bomber, but spiciness and high alcohol content keep me from wanting any more.
Overall: Very good beer overall. As usual, Stone doesn’t disappoint. This is definitely worth checking out. hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. No freshness info. Pours clear and brownish red with good carbonation evident. Two fingers of foam. Good lacing. Great nose. Superbly balanced spicy-sweet malt and fresh, lively hops. Very complex. Its tough for me to pick out any distinct aromas. Good mouthfeel. Full bodied but a nice amount of carbonation. A smooth and not too heavy malt infiltrates the palate first but the hops are fast on its heels. The two end up mingling in a very unique way. The hops come through at the end but aren’t too resiny. Any heavy malt is wiped away and the finish is rather crisp and clean. Quite drinkable. Again, the complexity here doesn’t allow my admittedly dull palate to pick out anything distinct but it is very enjoyable. Definitely a different experience from any of the other Bastards.