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RATINGS: 3819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4630) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Original Rating, September 13, 2004: (Thank you SDbruboy for getting me the Cali brews!) Pours a dark amber or brown color with a medium head. Very hoppy and spicy aroma. The taste has a lot going on: malt, hops, fruit, alcohol, maybe a touch of leather. Weird. I need to snag myself another bottle of this. It was good, but I need another sample. 7/4/8/3/16 Re-rating, August 18, 2008: Deep , dark red color with a medium head. Extremely piney aroma. Strong pine bitterness in the taste. Caramel malts and a little roast. Alcohol is hidden. Still good, but definitely not as awe-inspiring as when I was first trying good beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daddyvx1 (2) - vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004 does not count

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2004
This beer pours deep dark brown; held up to the light it presents itself as dark, opaque amber. Develops a rich, bubbly head that swirls as if it were the portal to whatever hell the label character has come from. The head itself is a yeasty bread colored cloud of bubbles that lasts acceptably long and leaves a lot of intricate lacing behind. Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of yeast, alcohol, sweet fruits, hops, maple, and cherries. Port like characteristics and notes of apricot brandy fill the nose of this fragrant ale. Just before tasting I noticed a spiral of yeasty foam in the center of the glass; it looks like our galaxy, or maybe a hurricane. Whatever else it may look like one thing is for sure, it looks inviting! Flavor? Okay, this is a bitter beer; the aroma is deceptive because the smell and taste of this beer are two very different things. While sweet malt dominates the aroma hops and alcohol dominate the palate. Flavors of grapefruit, vodka, pepper, tobacco, and HOPS!!!, stand out in violent opposition to the sweet aroma. It only takes a moment to get used to the bitterness at which time you realize how perfectly the aroma and flavor compliment one another. The alcohol hits you with a giant sucker punch about 1/2 way through the glass and then all is truly good. As the beer warms the flavor profile changes and more subtle malt flavors begin to emerge. This is cigar beer 100%. Some piano jazz, a fine maduro cigar, a box of dark chocolates, and a few bottles of Arrogant Bastard sounds like the perfect evening to me. Overall, after drinking this beer I am left with an intense urge to try a bottle of Double Bastard very, very soon. This beer is, in one word, outstanding!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 8, 2004
My parents snagged this for me at premier gourmet. This was a great beer. Poured a somewhat hazy reddish brown colour with almost no head. The aroma is mostly white grapefruit while the taste is more balanced. Great citrus hop flavours with a decent malt backbone. Any bets on the LCBO importing this?:)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Pours medium brown or copper, cloudy with a decent head. Aroma is fairly strong and somewhat hoppy, though not truly distinguishable. Initial taste is somewhat bitter with definite hop flavor, but still maintains a good balance with malt. Body is fairly full with good carbonation. For the more refined beer drinker, this tastes like it could be a good regular anytime beer. Overall, the taste is somewhat similar to Stoneís IPA, though not as "clean". Also, it wasnít as "aggressive" as the hype prepared me for. Perhaps Iím already becoming desensitized...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Dark coppery brew has the cloudy appearance that i love.Deep aroma of fruit and some hops.Almost a caramel apple aroma,found myself wanting to take a bite.Flavor is big and rich.Full in body with a blend of dried dates and caramel.Alcohol isnít even present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 This is one of the first beers that I tried when I turned 21. A truly excellent beer. Pours out dark and with a healthy head, depending on your pour style. Has definite hints of citrus, coffee, alcohol, and a whole bunch of other delicious things. It packs a nice punch that a lot of other beers just lack. The overall flavor is bitter and slightly sour with a very refreshing sweet aftertaste. The marketing on this beer is as aggressive as itís flavor. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2237) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Drinking this to fast has proved to make my stomach turn so i suggest you relax and sip on this. Not in the sense of its alcohol content just the contents that make up its body. Flavor consists of orange, honey and notes of raisens and is hard to detect much more for me. The whole bottle label and versus match this brew well making it even more stronger of a American atrong ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Dark amber-brown in colour topped by a thick, light brown head. A good amount of lace was left behind from the top to the bottom of the glass. This is an aggressively hopped ale with a sharp bitter hop taste, balanced by a sweet and fruity malt flavor. Malty, bitter and peppery this is an aggressive in your face beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Dark crimson coloration, thick'n'rich'n'cloudy, under a perfunctory whitish head. Aroma: a big hit of juicy fruit, deep, dark ones, grapes and berries and cherries and more, a rich elixir..definitely got the barleywine thing going on, zesty, spicy, loaded with flavor...'bout time I taste, eh? Big, chewy, grabbiness on the palate, full and thick, powerful, and omnipresent, digs in and in, climbs and clambers about the senses, not trying to dominate, but doing it anyway, through virtue of the fullness of flavor...zing, zing, zing, again, I sing, this is deliciousness pressed into service and doing double-time, brothers,...Lordy, it's loveliness, indeed, thick and full on the palate, wow, rich and tasty, sets the senses a'spin, leaves the soul reeling...mine is, I luxuriate in the pleasures of this brew, and they are aplenty! I'm drooling of the day I can visit San Diego and try it fresh on-tap, maybe other versions, the Oak-Aged, as well? As it is, this is a supreme brew, a just king, who wisely judges the imbibers from his throne...if thou art not worthy, tarry not 'round these vessels, seek a softer, sadder brew for you..let only those who can claim worthiness hoist a chalice of this finest ale! Got to be one†of America's best barleywines, bar none!!! I could rant on some more, for the bottle is not yet finished, but let it be known, that this ale has powers over me, bewitches and bewilders, and all in the best sense, for I leave the normal earthly realm to visit sublimer planes, all courtesy of this San Diego-bourne bottle! Good Lordy-Lou! I am sent, in the most sensational way, lifted, aloft, delivered, dropped beyond the heavens into a metaphysical stratosphere beyond human reckoning... Yes, I proclaim it "good"....and will merely melt and luxuriate at the rest of the consumption of this rare delicacy...I envy you Cali types who can snort this back with the ease of an ordinary day....

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