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RATINGS: 2366   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%.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2003
This one pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a small, lingering off-white head. Very nice aroma of malts with hints of alcohol and vanilla. The aroma is very barley-winish. Full bodied and thick, the flavor is malty sweet with hints of alcohol and chocolate. The finish is hoppy and bitter with some alcohol warmth. I like this one, it is very close to some barley wines and the hops are just right. It is actually very drinkable despite the alcohol content and big flavor. The aroma and flavor really becomes more alcoholic as the level of beer recedes in the glass. Well done, but the alcohol detracts from the flavor a little bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 Jan 2003, then Nov 2003, not March 2005. This needs age, the brashness and unidimensional pine get a little much. Downgraded, though still quite good.Rerate: What was I thinking? An American Original here, yet still derivative. A 2001 bottle straight out of the cabinet at 55 deg. reveals the pepper, vanilla, sweet malt, flavorful bittering hops, and again I swear there is as TAR says, a huge crystal malt presence plus a scottish ale background. Definitely impinges on barleywine territory, but far far better and this is an aggressiveness that I like a whole hell of a lot. Original at 4.0: The malts here give an earthy Scottish peat not found in other American Strongs except for Bear Republic’s Red Rocket. IMO, this makes it good for, say, cooking a nice lamb dish (in addition to drinking it of course!). Of course, it’s sweet and bitter in coursing waves throughout your mouth. And this is one thick beer...if you tried, you could pour this without measurable sound, perhaps a first in the beer world. Interesting, and a great addition to the world of beer. 2002 bottle sent by Marc from the great epicenter of American beer, San Diego. Thanks!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This is some serious s$#!. A brewmaster in San Diego reaches out through this liquid he has created and delivers an ass whoopin. Bold on every front, with a very dark color, brown tainted froth and a malty aroma that makes you take notice. The flavors are complex and there in abundance with a sugary fruity syrup balanced against the astringent hops, finishing with the almost burnt toast of malts. A large bottle pours two pints glasses worth, which lasted through an appropriate DVD to accompany it (Training Day), after which I was reeling. Treat yourself to this experience, but not too often - it would be tough to survive.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2052) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Pretty damn good beer, the aromas were filled with heavy hoppiness & floral tones, along with a syrup-like hint, the color was of a dark amber, this beer didn't have all that much head, it just pretty much fizzled out very quickly to just a rim around the edge of the beer, the flavors were pretty well balanced, and in accordinace with Stone's lineup the beer was very heavily hopped, dry & bitter aftertaste, all-around a very excellent beer experience

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 My only qualm with this beer is that...more is not always better. It is an American Strong ale, and it is an American tendency to want more more more, but when it comes down to it, balance is what really makes a beer good. Although a bit unbalanced, this beer is very tasty and very rich. TONS of barley here, but vanilla and sugar overtones make it rather appealing. There is a bit of an astringent smell, but it's hardly detectable underneath all the barley. Hops take back seat to the huge malt here - very earthy - dingy and sugary, soothing and bewildering all at the same time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Wow...thats some good stuff. Hoppy scent, but an almost chocolatey taste. Words can't do it justice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6307) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 2007 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (pine, grapefruit), with notes of sherry, paper, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Man...this was a 4+ beer back in the day, only about 3 years ago. The 2006 batch dropped the ball for me to the tune of 3.3. This year’s is even worse...it’s like they’re not even trying anymore. Clumsy and dull aroma, syrupy sweet mess of a mouth experience. Such a shame.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
The alcohol overpowers the other flavors...could be a great beer if it blended into the other flavors better. 2002 Edition.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
For a big brother to the arrogant Bastard, this one is much more balanced and very drinkable. I am becoming sort of a hophead and I have Stone to thank for directing me in that direction. The beer has a nice amber brown richness with a gentle hop nose. a well balanced bitterness that leaves you wanting more. If you can get up to go to the frig for another one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Great transparent blood color, largish immediately dying fizzy head; aroma of smoke, butterscotch, cherries, pinecone-hops. Oakes has it right on the thickness; this is probably the heaviest non-Imperial stout I’ve had, extremely full and intense. Alcohol is a little too evident here for me, detracting somewhat from the otherwise well-balanced fruity/vanilla/caramel flavor profile. Hops strongly in evidence, with a nice long twang at the end. AB is right, this IS a bit too much -- but not in the hops, rather the alcohol. Good, but I think I prefer the "li’l brother".


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