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RATINGS: 2551   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (388) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Dark red Amber pour with very little head. First taste and last tastes are all the same just fantastic. Very balanced malty but just hoppy enough. Really great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2016
A big, sweet, boozy nightcap. Very well made, scoring high in almost all departments. If I have any complaint, it’s that the bottle size seems extravagant - a 330ml of this would be near perfect, rather than a pint and a bit. Perfect appearance: caramel brown with a thick head that lasts. Aroma was more restrained than I expected, perhaps due to the serving temperature. Brown sugar, brandied pears, raisins. Perfect palate: creamy smooth. Alcohol is well integrated - it’s the sugars that dominate til that big minty-piney finish. (Pint bottle from Leura Cellars. 2012 version)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ANZUShophunter (255) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2016
On tap at Brewski, Brisbane. A mahogany brew with caramel malt, ethanol and piney hops on the nose. Complex taste profile with a nice balance between strong bitter and sweet components in the finish. This is one rich beer: a meal in a glass. Looking forward to trying the barrel aged versions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (315) - North Branch, USA - JAN 23, 2016
22oz bottle pour at home with a bottle date of 10/13/15 Pours a deep copper color. Personally, the best thing about this beer is the mouthfell and the palate. Tastes like a mouthful of red and black licorice. Yet another great Stone beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (797) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016
The beer pours a dark brownish amber color with a small head. The aroma has roasted malts, licorice and booze. Taste is big with a balance of caramel sugar, molasses and orange. The finish has some mild bitterness and mild alcohol. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmacklin (711) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2016
650ml bottle. 2015 edition. (11% ABV) Pours a hazy copper with a large, frothy, long lasting, beige head that laces nicely. Sweet, roasted aroma of caramel malt, overripe fruit, alcohol and piney hops. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit, spices, booze, pine resin and grass with a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent, the name delivers as promised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UXO (1353) - CANADA - JAN 4, 2016
Appearance: clear deep amber with one fat finger of fluffy light tan head, medium retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pine, citrus, toffee, dried fruit, coffee & chocolate, alcohol, tobacco & leather, earthy. (9/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, strong bitter. (9/10) Palate: full slick and oily body, moderate carbonation, lingering boozy bitter finish. (5/5) I waffled a little scoring this one. The flavours (particularly the hops) are somewhat overshadowed by the massive maltiness and ABV, so it’s not simply “Arrogant Bastard times two” - the balance and interplay of flavours are completely different. (That’s not to denigrate the value of a boozy big bastard, mind you.) However, the other factor here is that a lot of the complexity and depth of flavour - and there’s a lot - is overshadowed by the big malt and ABV, so to some extent it doesn’t completely succeed, even on its own terms. When I first reviewed this, I opined that it might benefit from a greater hop presence, but even in a relatively fresh example, the hops are massively overshadowed by the the malt and alcohol. Still, for all that, it’s lots of fun and actually a darn sight better than the Depth-Charged version I tried recently. (18/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2016
Large frothy beige head deep brown pour strong medium carbonation aromas citrus pine toffee stone fruit chocolate butter scotch hint brandy woody note earthy the flavours caramel grapefruit medium strong bitter pine resin toffee apricot earthy note brandy buttery good body the finish best aftertastes resin crisp hops malt mix lasting alcohol bitter taste cracking ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savage_Night (407) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Pours amber with a large khaki head that moderately dissipates into a nice cap and good lacing. AROMA: malty, hop spice, peppercorn, bitter, phenols, grapefruit, caramel, roasty, spices, herbs, smoke, slight molasses and coriander. TASTE: malty, hop spice, peppercorn, bitter, phenols, grapefruit, leaves, grassy bitterness, boozy, caramel, spices, roasty, herbs, smoke, slight molasses and coriander. AFTER TASTE: malty, hop spice, peppercorn and bittersweet citrus with an oily spiced boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Hazy deep copper pour. Off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, mild oxidation resulting in sherry notes. Full bodied, creamy. Sherry, dried fruits, wet wood, pine bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated. Nice big one. 2013 edition.

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