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RATINGS: 2557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6479) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, caramel, raisin, sweet malt.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, hops, dried fruit, a bit vinous, caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (2746) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Keg at Ushers, at 10.5%. Pours clear deep ruby. Nose is sweet burnt toffee, malts, dried fruits. Very nice. Taste is sweet oaky caramel or burnt toffee, more oak and wood, decent bitterness, loads of maltiness. Very nice. Needless to say but this kind of beer out of keg without 30mins warming simply tastes horribly boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (7653) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2015
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours almost clear dark golden with a tiny white head. Aroma is heavy sweet and bitter, resiny and piney hops. Taste is llight sweet, like a barley wine with a decent dry hoppy finish, resiny and moreish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericwill99 (86) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Strong and rich, I'm sure I'd be happier drinking out of a glass, rather than a cup. Rich and malty, the hops really fade into the background for me on this one. The alcohol is always lurking in the background.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1749) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle from Julio’s. A clear deep amber. Tan head that settles to a thin lace. Aroma of earthy sweet fruit. Alcohol is very well masked. Flavor is deep and complex. Well balanced bitterness and very smooth drinking. Notes of chocolate, prune, herbs, pine and coffee. Long lingering bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzombie (520) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Pours deep mahogany brown with a very nice yellow-tan head. Aroma is potent caramel malts with some citrus hop. Taste is wham-bam thank you ma'am sticky molasses malt with some cotemp bitterness and a very happy aftertaste. Not too boozy despite its ABV. Bold but a bit sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2002
As is typical for Stone; this has the big malt, big hops combination. Bold toasty malt flavor similar to ’regular’ Bastard. Big citrus and grassy hop aroma, flavor and accompanying bitterness. Biggest difference from Bastard is the alcohol, which is noticable in flavor. Same color and head as Bastard. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2002
UPDATED: APR 10, 2005 It’s an amazing beer beer. My wife likes lagers, she thought it was too "hoppy". I like hops and I thought it was pretty good, but I wished there were a little more "hops". In retrospective, I think its a big beer with both plenty of hops and malt. I hope more comes this way. Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2002
A huge, yawling beer, expansive and complex. I think that this is good beer, but I’m afraid that this impression arose because there’s so much of everything, not necessarily because of inherent quality. The alcohol is certainly not well hidden in the aroma or flavor. Strong caramel and toffee flavors present. Big and brutish; almost punishing. What a bastard. I like it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
document (36) - USA - FEB 28, 2003
Not my favorite from this brewery, which cranks out the best IPAs of all time, IMO. The "commercial description" is, unfortunately, dead on. Harsh alcohol smell, and lots of alcohol in the mouth. Good old Stone stand bys of huge hop and malt, but it's somehow unbalanced for me, particularly a kind of off bitterness from the hopping. Not sure what's going on there ('cause I love the hops, in general). What I like best in this beer is its aftertaste, which is comparatively mellow, honeyed, and full. In the glass it's a beautiful ruby with a short lived beige head.


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