papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 7/3/02: First impression: Over rated, over arrogant and over priced. Having said that...it’s not a bad brew. Re-rate 11/27/04: Pours a rich cherry/mohogany color with a small light tan head. Nose is sweet with a wiff of alcohol. Flavor starts rich and barleywine sweet followed by the hop bitterness that lingers in a light orange rind aftertaste. Palate is rich and smooth. Alcohol warms the face.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a small creamy head, on a clear dark ruby body. Plum-like aroma with a lot of NW hops. Syrupy mouthfeel, big dark fruit taste that ends with an explosion of hops. You could probably age one of these for several years. The 10% in a 22OZ bottle may make this an early night for me. Thanks Gusler!
kevinconaway99 (9) - USA - JUN 12, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
damn damn damn damn....
This was quite a beer. ABA on steroids
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This really is Arrogant bastard x2. Everything is just intesified. Very similiar to the original barleywine. This thing really comes at you. Sweet malty start, full middle, bitter finish. Complex all the way through.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to admit to being a fan of both the barley wine
style and of Stone Brewing. It is not a surprise therefore, that
I took great pleasure in imbibing Stone’s Double Bastard. The
experience begins with a delicous aroma. A strong malt sweetness
is followed by a light hop bitterness finished with a mellow sweet
aftertaste. This is clearly a beer of many elements. I am only happy
to try and discover all of them.
dcarri99 (1) - San Diego, USA - APR 10, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich, fulfilling beer. Nicely balanced, as the abundantly fragrant hops are kept in check by the nutty, caramelly malt.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one intense beer! Lives up to the warning and is twice the bastard of the original...Deep glowing red, complex aroma floral, fruity, spicey, sit down before you take a sip, flavor is amazing, Sweet malty ness balances the tons if hops added givng this beer a spicey sweet flavor, hints of pineapple/grapefruit in finish. Complex and not for the daliy bud drinker!
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
Liquid Arrogance? More like Liquid Fury! A distinctly stronger brew than the first Arrogant Bastard, I gave this one a 2 in the Palate, just because I’m honestly not sure I could handle two in a row. This beer has lots of everything: very malty with hints of chocolate and other tastes my palate is not sophisticated enough to understand, lots of carbonation, lots of hops, and a DARK red color that is scarey! If you aren’t a hop-head, beware of this beer, and Stone’s other brews! Quite simply, you’re not qualified to apprechiate it. What a great beer . . .
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep russet ruby color; Head was firm with good lace; Aroma was esthery/grapey-bubblegum. Alcohol is very eveident- went STRAIGHT to my head. Lots of malt balnced well with the huge amount of hops- they played well together. Stayed very grapey through the glass, which I found strange. ’Palate Destroyer’ is definitely a proper nickname for this one!
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Double Arrogant Bastard, a.k.a. ’Palate Destroyer.’ This is a very serious beer... a 10% ABV barleywine style ale. The nose is sugary, featuring some toffee scents and some slightly floral and woody notes. This thick, almost viscous ale enters with sweetness as it first touches the tongue, but then attacks the palate with an intense bitterness. Finish is long, with a sustained bitter attack. IBU around 75-80 according to the brewer.