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RATINGS: 2546   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2004
2003 bottle. Brownish red color, little head retention. Floral nutty hop nose. Smooth, malty, fruity (cherry, dried dark fruits) with a super hop kick coming in midway through the taste and lasting past the swallow. Finally rated this after many bottles over the past couple of years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 2003 bomber. Pours thickly. Deep, rich garnet color. Nice white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet, raisins, caramel, fruit. Sweet malt taste and a nice slow hop finish. Damn nice brew. I like this over the original Bastard. Will be seeking more of these for future usage.9/59418<P> Well, two years later at the Hall of Justice..... ’06 bottle consumed Nov. 06. Medium brown colored, a bit of ruby mixed in. Decent tannish head forms and fades at a moderate rate. Decent lacing left behind. Aroma is intensely malty, nice hits of booze, as the beer warms there is a distinct iso-amyl acetate presence. Medium bodied and decently carbonated. Full malty and sweet characteristics up front with a more than ample hop backing in the finish. Still quite a decent beer, I wouldn’t feel bad about making this a regular. Original ratings drop a bit but still a fantastic beer! 9/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhblane (6) - USA - APR 25, 2004 does not count
Pours a deep rich amber color, with a frothy tan 2 finger head that dissipates with some nice thin lacing. Lightly sparkling carbonation is present in a thin line of bubbles constantly coming up. This is one big muther of a beer!! The Bastard on steroids, with aromas of caramel, choclate covered cherry and espresso hints. Hints of raisin and plum come through at the end, along with clove and a pleasing alcohol finish. The 100+ IBU's are evident at first taste, then bittersweet maltiness takes over with a nice warming alcohol finish. This offering is imminently more drinkable than it's little brother, which is scary considering the 10% ABV. The one peculiararity is this beer seems to taste smoother a few degrees cooler than other high ABV beers. This is one of the best Stone has to offer. You could form a religion around this beer!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 22 oz. bottle, 2003: Pours deep amber with a small head. Aroma of malt, alcohol, and slight grapefruit. Tons of tastes going on, hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, and caramel. Has the mouthfeel of a barleywine, heavier than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
Nice red/brown color with off white head. Has nice long lasting flavor. It's hopsy and malty, and STRONG

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
Bottled: Amber coloured. Brown dense head. Lasting. Hops, malt, alcahol, cocoa, chocolate in the nose. Lots of hops, sweetness, alcahol and fruits in the flavour. This is a carpetbombing of the palate with bitterness. Man, its fun. In danish I would say: "Denne øl holder for vildt". Thanks to Raindog for trading another great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (22723) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2004 Bottled, thanks hopsrus!! Deep red, rich head. Soapy balsamic grapefruit aroma. Sweet and syrupy with soft mouthfeel and cookie malt flavuor. The oiliness and bitterness casued by an extreme amount of hops are being balanced by a huge body and loads of alcohol, but the sweetness is shining through a little, detracting from the perfect hop juice image.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 Reddish brown coloured. Very malty and very hoppy. Loads of bitterness. Very powerful. A great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2004
This is Arrogant Bastard on steroids. I like it, most won't. At a healthy 10%ABV, it is not surprising that the flavor is influenced by the content. Still, it is hoppy in both aroma and taste, and, once past the alcohol, it does have a complexity that at least barleywine lovers can appreciate. Hints of citrus compete with an earthy malt flavor, but the only winner is the consumer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Merci Psychprof! Clear copper hue over which lies an off-white head. Aroma is very harsh on alcohol surprisingly so. It took me a while to get over those vapors and get to studying the rest which had a big caramelic malt profile and a fruitiness approaching orange or watermelon. There’s also an earthy/peaty aspect in there, but of course, besides alcohol, the bold hops dominate. In mouth, there’s evidently intense hoppy grapefruit juice, caramel, crystal malt and still a moderate alcohol taste. Finish is huge, monstruously bitter, mouth-grabbing, memorable for a while. Mouthfeel is rather thick, closing onto syrup. Definitely worth a try to experiment it, but masochism as they say, is to be consumed in moderate amount. Not quite my bag, give me an Old Numbskull or HOTD Fred if I want a hoppy barley wine. I’ll never brush my teeths again.

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