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RATINGS: 2557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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This is a lacerative muther of a beer. The evil big brother of Arrogant Bastard Ale. It is strongly suggested you stay far, far away from this beer. Those foolish enough to venture close enough to taste will experience a punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate. ’Course there’s always the masochists...
Note: 2007 - 10%, 2008 & 2009 - 10.5%, 2010 - 11.2%, 2011 - 10.5%, 2012 - 11.2%.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (605) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 I don’t quite buy the Stone hype, but this isn’t a bad beer. I actually find it to be quite balanced, not nearly as aggressive and harsh as I was expecting. It is malt-forward with a strong sticky sweetness, opposed by the hop bitterness in the back. The malt gives some barleywine-like flavors of dried fruits. In fact, I might classify this as an American barleywine. I also get some of that same pineapple that was in the regular AB, but very little citrus or other hop character. Alcohol burn. None of the sawdust that I found in AB. Pretty solid beer. Something I’d have again, but not rave about.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3122) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Rich, dark amber colour with a healthy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, dark dried fruit, earthy hops. Big, thick, full mouthfeel. Flavour is huge, but remarkably balanced, with syrupy sweet malt, notes of butterscotch and raisins, a pleasant oakiness, and that marvelous hit of citric hops in the finish. Killer! I drank this one soon after getting mu hands on it, but I’d love to lay one down for a couple of years to see how it fares.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3 Liter I recieved for Christmas. Dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. Very little carbonation. Smells sweet, almost ciderish. Also has slight aroma of alcohol. Flavor is of caramel, and quite a bit of sweetness initially which turns quickly to bitterness. Finishes dry like wine. Like some others stated, this at times taste like no other beer I’ve ever had. Highly drinkable in my opinion considering it’s less than modest ABV. Would like to taste again soon.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5410) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Pours deep burgandy-orange into a Chimay goblet. Nice head with long retention. Nice lacing. Caramel aroma. Deep malt flavor with hop finish. Quite well balanced. Very little active carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Rating # 2100. Deep amber reddish colour with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with alight alcohol note and a faint hoppyness. Smooth wellbalanced malty sweet flavor with a low key hoppy finish. Thanx to Luke for bringing this one to Denmark.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
announcing itself as a bastard in doubled arrogance, we know stone well enough to prepare for the onslaught. we instinctively crouch behind heavy objects to dodge the impact. we beg patriotic resolution even as we discuss routes of retreat. we clothe our palettes in armor to do battle, we send our most gallant and battle-hardened taste buds to take the vangarde. and thus we foil the ambush. we watch stoically as the mars red and ruddy brown hues of war gather in the glass, grit our teeth as the bastard piles up sandbags of foam across the beer. we expect a titanic barley wine, and so it is: a dank resin collected from the sweet leaden cholesterol that clogs the hearts of hop deities. a cold lupulin butter coursing with sugar and alcohol. so when at last the barrage strikes the tongue, our resistance is in disciplined ranks and we stand, drink, and are not dismayed. in the hoppy equivalent of human wave attacks-- that is, rather, in a headlong rush of joyous, semi-clad cheerleaders in lieu of filthy warriors, we merely delight as the anticipated surge crashes around us. we lay down our resistance as toffee and honied tanin-rich toasts and rocket-propelled hops achieve celestial orbit immediately after crashing through our tonsils. the alcohol in a single bottle is enough to buzz a big city baptist church choir --if you could but sneak it into their tea-- and in no time they’d be playing strip poker in the church basement. this continental beverage, awash in alcohol, causes me, no baptist certainly, to stare unblinkingly at bright lights-- and without expression except a grin upon these tremulous jowels-- to merely gape in slow motion like a goldfish in a half quart bowl. yeah. that’s how good it is.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Originally had this a Vail Beer Fest. 2-oz. sample in a snifer. (7/10, 4/4, 6/10, 4/4, 13/20) Resampled from the ’06 batch from a bomber.<P> Beer is very clear, dark amber color with a small, creamy, light-brown, mostly and rapidly diminishing head.<P> The aroma is quite a bit more demure than it was in my first sample. This one contains lightly-to-moderately malty notes of toasted grain, caramel; Moderate hoppy notes of grapefruit, resin and pine, light pot-like (like your jacket after a rock concert) vegetal grassiness; Moderate miscellaneous notes of honey, wood, spicy alchs. <P>Flavor is moderately sweet and moderately-to-heavily bitter/grippy with a long, heavily grippy-scrappy bitter finish. Bleh. Assessing palate damage...<P> The body is full, the texture is velvety, the carbonation is lively, moderate warmth.<P>

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Beautiful reddish brown color. Huge everything about this beer. Nice big lacey head.The aroma was full of citrus. The flavor burst out with strong hops bitterness, very sweet maltiness, I think this is an improved version of Arrogant Bastard. Nice crisp feel, perfect palate

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 ’05 vintage. Slighty hazy and reddish/orange in appearance. Nice smallish head. Very fruity armoa with a mild bitterness {hops?} Nice to drink while it’s cold in my opinion, as it warmed a bit, seemed to get a little rough. Perhaps this would stay smooth right thru the end with a bit of aging. Overall, definitely recommend. Nice strong ale for sure!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25673) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
Bottle. Clear orange coloured with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of fruits, dried fruits and hops. Sweet flavour of malts, dried fruits, fruits and hops.


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