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RATINGS: 2566   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. íCourse thereís always the masochists...
Note: 2007 - 10%, 2008 & 2009 - 10.5%, 2010 - 11.2%, 2011 - 10.5%, 2012 - 11.2%.

   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 íregularí 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.

   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 Itís 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!

   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 Iím afraid that this impression arose because thereís 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
"Muther of a beer" is a good term. Very complex ale. Citrus and hops with a lovely brown color. Definately a kick which is expected and deserved condsidering the name. An execellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005

My second sample of this mean bastard left me somewhat less impressed than my first. Yes, this is a huge beer and thatís to be applauded but it lacks complexity aside from a huge wallop of hops. Fun to drink but certainly not stellar.

Original</P>The arrogance is unbelievable. Brown-orange in color. Next to no head as is generally expected on a huge beer like this. Nose is strong with both malt and hops. I especially notice a certain fruitiness--pineapple, Iíd say if I had to guess. Thick as hell with a sharp bite up front that smooths out in the finish. Bitter, bitter, bitter, and heavy. Huge. Damn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Bottle. A dark red-brown beer with a good beige head that sits on top for a while. Thereís a huge blast of a citrusy aroma (grapefruit). The taste is thick and starts with a sweet malt and alcohol that develops into a tea-like flavor before finishing in a bitter hoppy finish combined with a big alcohol presence. Itís very syrupy and thatís about the only thing that brings you away from the alcohol. The flavor is complex - pine tars, toffee, grapefruit... Itís a very good beer, and I love Stone, but I expected a higher hop level and the thick mouthfeel does detract.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 [man, I canít believe I used to love this stuff so much - itís so incredibly alcoholic/boozy - of course, it will always hold a special place in my heart anyway] This tastes very much like its little brother, arrogant bastard, which, of course, is a really good thing - looks and smells just like it - the most immediately noticable traight that sets this beer apart is the sweet, strawberry-like flavor that manifests itself midway through the sip, swirling somewhere is the hop bitterness, creating a bitter/sweet dichotomy that begs you to take another sip - caramel, toastiness, biscuit - very well-balanced, but, for what itís worth, itís almost not different enough from arrogant bastard to even be considered a different beer (aside from the alcohol content) - of course, who really cares? it rocks anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Bottle: looks quite like their Old Guardian. Big, big aroma. Could smell malt and hops from probably two feet away. Caramel and toffee dominate the initial flavor and then - WHAM! - the hops come and get you. A nice beer, but I may prefer the standard AB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Yellowing edges, great multicolored swirl in my glass. Hops aroma, silky palate, warming. Big but controlled hops in the finish--a slow burn with acidity.

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