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RATINGS: 2418   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%.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5338) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Geezlepete, this is assertive! Hop flavor dominate at first - Grapefruit, and pinecones mostly. But really, the malt flavor are outstanding. Froot loops, chocolate, butterscotch, toffee, and toast are all prsent and maybe a little freshly mown grass, as well. Very complex, very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 11, 2003
Great dark amber color with a wonderful head from a bottle pour, very lively. Nice aroma with molasses honey nose. Nice creamy texture with wonderful roasted malt and a slight bitter bite at the end. Really opens up at 58 temp.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
Very smooth brew. Very similar to Arrogant, but not as much in your face hops. Beautiful ruby color, and foamy head.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
This is a good brew, but quite honestly I like Arrogant Bastard better. Sure, if you are interested in getting your ass kicked, this is a great brew. And it is a fine brew, to be sure, but I prefer Arrogant Bastard.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Aroma is very caramelly and rich, suitable for apple-dipping...Color is a slightly orange-tinged amber--medium cream head and light frosted lace...Hoppy bite comes in first through the flavor door, followed by a robust bloom of those caramelized malts with a pleasant medicinal edge. Hop bitters make an even more impressive reprise in the mouth-puckering dry finish...This stuff leaves an unusual sequence of sensations in the mouth---the initial effervescent bite is washed over by the smooth richness of the main body, which retreats slowly, leaving the aforementioned hop-dryness in its wake---something of a three-movement concerto...No subtlety here, but the flavors are in fine proportion and carried in a body with excellent texture...an unusually successful marriage of intensity and refinement...Double Delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2649) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 (2002 edition) Reddish brown color with a huge malt and alcohol nose. Flavor is quite sweet with some raisins, caramel, and cherries. The alcohol is certainly present even at a colder temp. This is one BASTARD all right, it will sneak up and bitch smack you! This may truly be a beer few are worthy of. Not for the faint of heart. (2004 edition) I was unable to try last years but I am really enjoying the ’04 edition. It seems to be more balanced with less alcohol showing than in years past, but that may just be me. This has some barley wine characteristics. The malt does prodominate over the hops but it does have a nice bitter bite to it. A bit of sour fruit, oak, and port wine. Ive gotta up the old rating of 4.1 for this one. Good good stuff.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Ooooh. Look what we can do with hops. Standard Stone fare. At least this one has a modicum of malt to balance it in the beginning.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
2001 Draft at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Nice big beer. Great mix of hop flavor with the alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2003
(2002 release): Inviting garnet color. Interesting aroma that has two distinct characters -- the floral hoppy (the first you encounter) and then the sweet alcohol. In the flavor, the alcohol bite is the first thing you taste, but it's rounded out in the end by the hoppy bite. It's nicely balanced and it flows well over the tongue, bringing out different, but balanced and seamless, flavors as it moves across the palate. There's a mild afterburn (though I don't know why I'm picking that up particularly, since it's not the highest alcohol beer I've had recently, yet I'm picking up on the alcohol flavor and character more here than in some other, higher alcohol beers). A warm, inviting, comforting sort of beer (which I know is not exactly what Stone would want to hear about this beer, but there it is . . . ).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2003
(2002 release): I'd waited so long for this beer -- first, knowing it was out there, and then finding out that a small shipment was making it to dc, only to find out that the 2 bottles my retailer had set aside for me had mistakenly been sold (it turns out they were sold to daniwerks (and to his credit, one evening he actually gave me a few ounces to sip!)). Second, I'd asked my brother in Phoenix to pick up three bottles, but when I got out there last month, it runs out he'd mistaken one bastard for another, picking up AB instead of DB (definitely not a member of this site). Fortunately, Gusler came to the rescue, and provided me a bottle from his cellar. So after all that effort, did I like what I found? Hell yes. Clear ruby body with minimal head. Aroma is grapefruit hoppy, cherry, flowery hoppy, mildly sweet, rich and inviting. Taste is a rich amalgam of flavors -- floral hop, grapefruit hop, cherry, toffee, and orange. Finishes with a warming alcohol burn. Thank you sir, can I have another?


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