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RATINGS: 2561   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2302) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Ahhh at long last I have thee in my clutches!! Long have I waited for the Bastard to "set me free". What an absolutlly gorgeous beer to look at,dark red,garnet in the light,small streams of carbonantion, great frothy off white head, that recedes to leave luxurious lacing, excellent..when the entry "beer" comes up in an encyclopedia this should be the one in the picture. Very vineous,toasty aroma,sweet,smells of prunes,figs and fruitcake. Again quite sweet indeed, to taste but its a dark,slightly decomposed sweetness, like prunes,figs and dark wild berries,after the sweetness a great bitterness,and a warming alcoholic tang.Warming all the way down, but in reality the 10% alcohol is barely noticable. Exceptional mouthfeel on this creamy smooth and a great warming after taste. I have to say this a beauty of a beer and very drinkable,,maybe dangerously so, for a 10% beer. review was for the 2004 release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
pours a mohagany/reddish brown witha little creamy head.Nose is sweet and big on the dark fruits.Syrupy goodness.Unlike the syrupy medicine when you were young this potion contains a combo of Dark cherries and a caramel candy creation.Thick on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
reddish-brown body with light tan head, minimal retention. Sweet aroma almost fruity with some spice. Full heavy hop flavor mixed with sweet maltand alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Reddish amber color, full tan head. Very mild aroma, some light, spicy hops, a pinch of malt. The flavor was much better, fruity, spicy, hoppy, with a decent kick of alcohol. Fuller bodied, some alcohol, but not too much. I’m disappointed. I have another bomber though so I’ll see if that one’s any better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2004
This is the first beer i took the time to rate in a while.... cause it was good. arrogant bastard boo! Double Bastard Hurray!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1044) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 This bomber (accompanied by a second – making this a pair of doubles) came to me courtesy of clvand0, as part of a great trade.

The beer was poured into my usual goblet reserved for strong hoppy beers of this kind. The pour looked dark reddish amber in color, and the initially creamy head soon died out to a thin layer of bubbles, and stick lace patterns.

The aroma was very alcoholic, with a good dose of strong piney and grassy hops thrown in. Mild is not the word that came to mind when my nose approached the rim of the glass.

The taste was very hot and sweet, with caramel, raisins, pine tar, grapefruit rinds, and tobacco juice coming to the forefront. There was a bit of rubber like off flavor, but I attribute it to the greenness of this bottle.

Sticky and full on the palette, the aftertaste was strangely vacant. Warming alcohol content set my ears ringing after each sip. And a sip is about all I could take each time my lips touched the rim of the glass. At this point in time the beer is not very drinkable, but in a few more years, it ought to be a thing of beauty.

It’s been nearly a year and a half since I acquired this bomber via trade, and I read today that this beer tastes best at this age. My palette has evolved quite a bit since the last time I tried this one. It is time to find out if this beer has undergone some evolution as well.

The beer came out the traditional color of barleywine, which to me is burgundy with a touch of orange. The first pour was clear, and had a one finger thick head with remarkable staying power. Carbonation in the underlying beer was gentle looking but steady. The aroma was multilayered malts with vanilla, hazelnut, toffee, and chocolate. Not many hops were detectable using the nose. The taste was amazingly complex as well. Flavors of chocolate, oak, black pepper, raisins, and mandarin orange were found in each sip. The mouthfeel however was a little pricklier than I remembered. Radiating warmth was felt in the belly, letting the alcoholic strength numb away all angst about letting this sit in a warmer than recommended cellaring closet. I can see this one going a few more years along the ascending path. Unfortunately no more bottles are left in the cellar to test the theory. Time for a Chattanooga beer run soon I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2004
not for the faint at heart, ruby/brown body with a thin slightly laced white head, alcohol is upfront, very warming, huge mouth presence, roasty, hardcore to the last drop, piney-dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Meaty aroma. big malt but I don’t know how to describe. Hoppy, smoke (?) maltalcoholhop bomb. Don’t know if I could drink a lot but a little is good. Tingly alcohol finish. Fruity, apples, brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
I was in over my head. 2 on one is never good odds, what was I thinking? It’s likely that I wasn’t thinking at all. You slip one, the other is waiting to plant one on your jaw. Best you can do is run. But I’m too much of a coward for all of that... much more comfortable to sit here and take my beating. It has to stop eventually, doesn’t it?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Bottle poured a dark brown/dark red amber with a thick heavy foamy head. What can you say about the aroma!! strong hoppy malty kickin ass!! Flavor is AWSOME strong on the hopps strong on the alcohol! I could feel it running through me as I drank and as it warmed up it got even better!! This is an awsome sippin beer for a cold night.

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