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RATINGS: 2350   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. íCourse thereís 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Honestly the Arrogant Bastard is better. This is just a bit too much bastard for me. It really is a punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate...but then again I guess thats the point. Itís still good for itís complexity since it took me quite a while to figure it all out. So for that I must say itís impressive. Iíll continue to be an arrogant bastard fan, but iíll leave this for you big bastards out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Rather enjoyable, but this definitely not a brew you can drink too many of in one day. Hops, hops and more hops. A sweetness of caramel is definitely present, but not distracting. Nice head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Thanks to TannerTavernBoys for sharing this monster. Aroma is sweet caramel with heavy alcohol presence and piney hops. Nice brown color to the beer with a white head that forms a halo around the glass. Flavor is very sweet with caramel malt and toffee. The finish is lots of piney hops and even more alcohol flavor. It is a bit thick and syrupy. A nice beer, but I prefer the Arrogant Bastard. The alcohol was not at all hidden in this. Definitely worth trying though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4985) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Smelled hoppy and fruity, but more like an Imperial IPA than a Strong Ale. Poured a copper amber with a frothy, creamy off white head. Malty flavor, floral, hoppy. Finish is far too harsh to make this beer pleasing, too much palatable alcohol. Good, but better beers are smoother.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2006
From a 22oz Bottle, 2060 Vintage. Pours a deep cherry wood color with a well sustaining layer of foamy cream head. Semi-transparent, beautiful coloring. Gripping aroma. A load of citrusy hops bites the nose instantly while drifting in for the first whiff. Creeping in more slowly gets past the somewhat harsh hops and moves on the reveal some soft white apricot fruits. Full bodied, heavy mouthfeel with a mild, soothing carbonation. A touch of caramelly sweetness starts out on the tongue before ending with the expected whallop of hop bitterness. Lots of malt, lots of body, but the complexity seems to be missing. Just a lot of crystal malt and piney spruce hop resin bitterness going on. On the plus side, the craftsmanship is excellent - great body, great head retention, and the alcohol is masked frighteningly well. Good overall, but the malt and hop characters strike me as rich, but not complex overall. For my money, I would rather simply drink the standard AB, as the flavors are practically the same, and take advantage of the lighter, less chewy body and increased drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Singular aroma of chocolate-like Balsam-fir branch. There could possibly be an edge of chinese food in there. Tempered candy. Pour of ruby with creamy rim. Highlu scorching ten percent, keeping this low. Again, mainly a singular balsam-fir orangey hop presentation, one dimensional and really all not that different from Arrogant. I donít appreciate this as much, because I feel that the extra alcohol throws this out of balance with the malt and that at this level the hop characters pigeonholeís itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1259) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 Bomber, poured dark red with a off white head, aroma of sweet malt, caramel, faint chocolate, little hop fragrance, faint vanilla, roasted malt flavor with caramel and hops, touch of alcohol, this is a full bodied beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2006
this is a hairy beer!!!!, amazing nose, , amber cherry colour lotsa bitter bitter hops , and some sour cherries some malts amd dare i say a little dog shit on the nose. the taste was super bitter hops, some alcohol just extremly earthy nasty bitters. really odd mouth feel... like i said HAIRY.crazy beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Lacerative is about right. I picked up several 2006 bottles, which was not surprisingly hot while fresh. After almost a year I decided it was time to crack another. Still hot! Whatís here so far is AB on steroids, with the same aggressive profile but with less depth than the original. At times it even seemed to border on the one-dimensional, since the alcohol was in danger of occluding the beerís other characteristics. Obviously from my rating, I still rate this as enjoyable. But weíll see what some more time does to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Poured from a bomber. Poured a deep amber color with a soft beige head. Sweet malt aroma with a hint of hops. After the first sip, I am surprised how relatively mellow it is. Nice sweet malty flavor with a hint of fruit (apple, perhaps?) that leads into a healthy dose of hops that dry the palate out. Somewhat chewy but not overpowering. Another good beer from Stone.

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