If you haven't heard, there is a long diatribe on the back. Stone actually calls it a diatribe. Typical marketing for them with their "not worthy" and "this is awesome" story. They use big words and pretend to intimidate. Whatever. They even suggest that if you have a comprehension issue that you should get a dictionary. I just use Best Buddy Google. Anyway, I took a picture for you of the diatribe, but you can read it more easily here. Don't be scared.
"Ye Shall Know the Bastard, and the Bastard Shall Set You Free."
No, that's not a verse from Romans. It's basically the headliner for the beer underneath the red and white gargoyle pattern. I'm not licking the bottle decorations or anything, mainly because this bottle has the CA PROP 65 Cadmium warning on it.
like the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. Really! The 10.5% alcohol is boozy and warming, yet it is also pretty smooth and acts terrifically to accentuate the sweet and spicy aspects of this beer.
Other flavor nuances include brown sugar and light orange citrus. Carbonation is good. Body is thick and chewy. And though it's been quite a while since I've reviewed this vintage, I feel like a lot of the rough edges are gone and it's more of a stepchild than a bastard.
Well, there you have it. I'd for sure try this if you can. I haven't finished all of Big 22 yet. Perhaps it's more of a beer to share with a friend or two (assuming you guys have any friends). And don't let Stone's marketing team scare you. The end. Love, Rob
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