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RATINGS: 3564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2006
22 oz bottle-pours a big creamy tan head that laces with red color. Aroma is crisp sweet grapefruit hops, then peach and malt come through. Taste follows. Solid, but not too overpowering. Well balanced. Half way through the caramel starts showing. Good carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11027) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Deep brown with a lasting off-white head, leaving lace. Aroma of caramel, malt, toffee and citrus hops. Rich malty biscuit and toffee flavour, quite sweet with a solid bitter finish - not much hop flavour though.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Date: 08/30/1998
Mode: Bottle
Source: Beverages & More, SF

Appearance: dark amber, frothy light tan head, sudsy lace,
Aroma: earthy hop aroma,
Body: big body,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of hop flavor, long bitter finish
-------- /> Date: 03/23/2002
Mode: draft
Words: bardo

Aroma: fresh hop aroma,
Flavor: big bold and arrogant flavor, a bit better than the bottle due to freshness
-------- /> Date: 03/23/2003
Mode: draft
Words: bardo

nice fruity malt flavor that is overwhelming leaving the hops and bitterness to take a back seat, now i see where the double bastard comes from, a bit of alcohol shows up after warming, best ab yet!
-------- /> Date: 10/10/2008
Mode: draft
Source: summits woodstock

Aroma: dry and earthy caramel malt aroma,
Flavor: rich dark caramel flavor, lots of balancing earthyness,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Score: **4
-------- /> Date: 05/19/2007
Mode: 3 liter bottle
Vintage: 2003

Aroma: strong oxidized malt aroma,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, the reduction in hops from age allows some rich chocolate emerge,
Overall: becomes a balanced hoppy old ale,
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10824) - DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle, 7.2%. Clear dark amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, little toasted and hops. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, hops, medium sweet, pine and quite bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10802) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
Aroma of pine backed by malt. Ruby color with a extremely frothy off-white head that laces. Starts with balanced pine hop and malt. Medium mouthfeel. Really pleasant. Light carbonation. The finish is well balanced, but the hop now seems to have gone floral. Good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 bottle, thanks to skinnyviking! ar: sweet, and alc. poured clear brown. palate and mouthfeel was great. flavor is hoppy, and some citrus. comes off well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
A: Very dark brown with some reddish tints (in the right light), "off-white" foam. S: Not as intense an aroma as you might expect. Some dark fruit, caramel, and hops. T: The first thing you notice is the intense bitterness, which I love. There are some subtler caramel flavor. M: Great mouth feel: good amount of carbonation. The bitterness comes into play here as it lingers. D: A great beer, but I would not call it very "drinkable". Something I’d recommend trying, however.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10631) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 171013

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10538) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Growler. Well, I really liked this beer. Pours a rich, amber-red with a strong, white head. Nice, hoppy aroma with strong pine notes. Some detectable malts on the nose. Flavor is a big, cocky blend of elements. Heavy on the hops, this beer rings with citrus and piney, resiney flavors. Underneath, some good, earthy malts give the brew some considerable depth. Slight bread flavor adds to the medium to large body. Lingering, mildy bitter aftertaste. A great session ale for heavy drinkers.

4/3/2010 Update: Had a pint last night at The Pony Bar. I just marveled at the intense balance. Potent, deep sweet flavors of dark fruits a malt, right alongside some outrageous hoppiness. Wild stuff.

4/17/2010 Update: Had some this boy on cask. Yep, it’s still great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Tap. Amber brown color with medium head. Complex aroma taht last the whole brew. Flavor is excellent with blend of character and good alcohol bite at finish. Drink one or have first.


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