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RATINGS: 2452   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
Fat nose of West Coast hops (Cascade?) with some sweet aromas. Mahagony color and a lathery sticky head. Full fruity malt body resembles a barleywine and supports the overly aggressive hopping. Has a peppery sharp end. Great balance. Reminded me of Bigfoot at times. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Dark dirty amber color. Slighty cloudy from the chill, with nice head and lacing. Aroma is barleywineish dominated by dark caramel malts. Flavor mirrors the aroma. Nice syrupy mouthfeel with lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Well done, I'll have another please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
11/22/03. On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA 11/22/03. Clear, dark amber body with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin whisp and excellent lacing. Solid hop and malt aroma, very mildly sweet, surprisingly mellow and delicate compared to what comes next. Incredibly strong, bold hop and medium malt flavors, almost overwhelming but deliciously mouth-watering. Touch of alcohol power, but the finish is somewhat milder, definitely strong but easy and elegant enough to give you a break from the onslaught. Surprisingly smooth finish, very long and mostly of mature malt and subtly drying hops. Very serious assault on the senses-- not to be taken lightly-- but not to be taken too heavily either! Just an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate? Masochist I must be. Especially since I've managed to get in on more than one of the BIG bottles and a bomber as well. I was really expecting to be assaulted, even have he bottle waltz over and whack me. As much as I enjoyed this for all it's worth I didn't find it THAT far removed from it's "lesser" counterpart the other Bastard. Like 'em both I do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2003 Release. Whoa, big aroma. Lots of malt, alcohol and hops. Color is a gorgeous reddish amber. Mild carbonation. Decent head forms that is off white and has a slight green tint to it (from the hops maybe?) Not a noticeable green mind you, just a very, very subtle hue that's barely noticeable. Well, considering the copywriting on the bottle, I'm prepared for one helluva big beer here. Taste is definitely big. Lots of malt. Lots of hops. A medicinal taste in the finish that I think is the combination of the alcohol and hops. Very strong beer. Mouthfeel and body are very warm and coating. Finish is long, with the hops outlasting the alcohol. Very impressive beer. 22 ounces of this stuff will take me a while. Maybe they should put this in 7 oz. nip bottles and call it "Little Bastard".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3819) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Yellowing edges, great multicolored swirl in my glass. Hops aroma, silky palate, warming. Big but controlled hops in the finish--a slow burn with acidity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Beer pours a dark brown with a nice cream/tan head. The taste is very full with carmel malt and finishing with grassy hops. Very well balanced. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 25, 2003
Too much of everything. They got it right on the Arrogant Bastard, but they just went too far with this. It's the equivalent of pouring an entire bottle of A1 on a steak, and trying to pass it off as delicious. Too much malty, too much hop, too much caramel. This is a perfect example of the idea that just because you have the ability to do something doesn't necessaraly mean you should.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
auto (163) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
one of the strongest beers i've ever tasted. a flurry of flavours coming out of every last drop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
After drinking this i felt like someone punched me in the mouth. Aroma filled with hops and a thick caramel. Tasted nicely bitter with caramel and toffee after notes, leaving a wonderful bitterness on your palate. Amazing.

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