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. ttutony (949) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Hazy medium brown in the glass. Aroma of oak, citrus and resiny hops. Caramel malt and dried fruits with more oak on the palate. Potent hop bitterness. Interesting combination of flavors. Full bodied. mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
I love Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and Double Bastard, so no surprise I like this one as well. Oak is very subtle here, but one can tell it’s a blend of those 3. A dark amber color, nice lacing, and a nice appearance in the glass. Plenty of hops in the aroma and hops (grassy) dominate the flavor profile. A nice beer, and an interesting blend of the three AB’s. mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Ian of the Tallahassee crew, pours deep amber and hops, hops, hops, a hop bomb IPA with some malty sweetness on the back end. Not bad, nothing special. Dogbrick (14290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing. Aroma of citrus, piney hops and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of hops, caramel malt, pine and citrus. The finish is grapefruity hops with a lingering bitterness left behind. Another solid effort from Stone.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Date: 12/21/2010 Source:Other Resiny hop aroma over medium caramel. Cloudy amber brown with small white head. Intensely bitter resiny hop flavor over moderate sweetness. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is medium to sweet. Intensely bitter and astringent. hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark amber with off white head. Aromas are slight citrus, pine. Palate is full and fruitier than I imagined, dark stone fruits and maybe some fig...big roasty nuts and chocolate too. What a great beer, wish I had snagged more than one before they were gone. hoosiers1994 (685) - Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2011
22oz poured into a tulip glass. Aroma is floral and roasty malt. This smells more fruity than I imagined. The appearance is a typical dark reddish brown. with minimal tan head. The taste is less oaky than I imagined, but really tastes like a mellow AB, with hops and lingering bitterness. There is not real distinct property from the blended beers. I guess my complaint is that I love all three beers, but their uniqueness is lost in this brew. A good brew, but not better than any one of the three beers individually. Palate is medium to heavy body with light carbonation. Overall....not bad. thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Poured into a Arrogant Bastard 12oz. Glass from a 22oz. bottle. Color is a nice dark red/brown and very clear. Head is off white and lasts throughout the beer. Very mild hop aroma can be detected. The beer goes down smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation, and a medium full body feel. The flavor is high in bitterness and hops. I cannot detect any oak flavor like that of their Oaked Arrogant Bastard. This beer finishes very mellow. Overall a great beer that I hope to enjoy more during it’s limited engagement. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bomber, as fresh as I could get it. Pours the familiar dark, dusky, clear rusty-red amber color. A tall, pretty head of beige-khaki foam leaves gobs of sticky, feathered wall lacing on the glass as it slowly settles to a modest, lasting, patchwork cap. On the nose, the dry hopping is immediately apparent, reaching up from the glass to infiltrate the nose with sticky pine resins, bright orange, and grapefruit at levels beyond that which I am accustomed to within any other variant of the Bastard series. Of course, there is an ample malt base of caramel and toasty toffee, along with rich bread at varying stages in the baking process. Fruits such as grilled plum and cooked dates also emerge, while the oak imparts a soft kiss of clean woodiness. Flavors largely follow suit, packing the hop wallop of a hefty Imperial Red, yet amply balanced by a lush blend of toasted toffee, caramelized plums, and various other grilled stone fruits. Pine and grapefruit linger on well after the swallow, bathing the tongue in bitter resins, distributed evenly by a big but relatively silky body that sports active, fine carbonation and a sticky-dry, slightly tacky finish. I’m trying my damnedest to hate this beer, but I can’t. It’s pretty solid, and I’m really digging the dripping, resinous hop profile over the caramelized fruit backdrop. Get it fresh, without a doubt, as this will be a shadow of its former self in a few short months.