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RATINGS: 2444   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%.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
A vertical tasting of vintages 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008. The 2003 and 2008 were sampled together, and the 2004 and 2006 were sampled the following evenings. Vintage 2008 bottled on on 9/12/08. Pours dark amber with a ruby hue. Clear body with a half inch head of off white. Some light rings of lacework after the short head fell, and a partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration. Aromatics lead off with jammy malt, red and tropical fruits, and warming alcohol. Peaches, apricots and melons lead the way for shadows of red grapes, cherries, and bourbon-spiked honey. Sweetish and quite juicy. On the thick side of medium bodied. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel. A bit light on the carbonation. Sweet crystle malt, ripe fruit, fresh caramel, and a resinous bitterness start the palate. Warming alcohol steps forward as well as hints of caramel-candied apple, spruce dew, and candied figs. Finishes with a lingering warmth, sustaining bitterness, and drawn-out sweet fruit. A classic American strong ale that dances along the lines of a Barleywine. Next up, a mini vertical with an aged example. Vintage 2003: Pours cloudy, dark amber, with a half inch head of off white. A slow retreat revealed some spongy lacework and a few whisps on the placid surface. Aromatics are heavy on the malt, with lots of wet leather, rotting cedar, wet paper, and Sherry. Very earthy and oxidized. Hops are not to be found, and the nose rounds out with hints of cocoa, cardboard, and dried earth. Medium bodied, but very syrupy and chewy. A slick, tacky mouthfeel with subdued carbonation. Stale malt, wet and dusty boards, worn leather, and earth-dusted chipped toffee start the palate. Oxidized Sherry steps forward as well as a warming boozy note and tannic caramel. Finishes with a lingering dried earth note, dusty leather, stale malt, and old wood tinders. Not a fan of the five year old DB. Side by side with the 2008 freshie: Wow, I wouldnít believe that they were the same beer unless I poured it myself. The freshie is cleaner, infinately hoppier all around, and much brighter. The peaches and apricots really shine though when sided with the oldster DB. Vintage 2004 Pours clear, dark amber with a two inch head of off white. Retention is moderate and theres some decent lacing after the fall. Aromatics lead off with ripe, red fruits, sweet malt, and alcohol. Significantly more boozy than the 2003 or 2008. Slightly vineous with hints of bourbon fusels, cherries, figs, and sherry. On the thick side of medium bodied. Slightly syrupy and plenty slick. Dark fruits, cherry-infused malt, and bourbon-spiked toffee start the palate. A mild throat burn quickly steps forward as well as a peppery warmth. Finishes with lingering alcohol, sweet malt, and fading red fruits. Hardly a trace of oxidation in the 2004, which makes it pretty amazing how quickly this beer goes off the deep end. Looks like four years in the cellar is the max for a Double Bastard. Vintage 2006 Pours murky dark amber, with a one inch head of off white. A partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration, along with some spotty lacework. Aromatics lead off with dry, papery malt, caramel, toffee, earthy cedar, and a trace of cocoa. Warming alcohol follows through along with wet cardboard. On the thick side of medium bodied and chewy. A creamy and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Drying malt, caramel dust, and hints of cocoa, nougat, and wet boards start the palate. Dark fruits, warming alcohol, and an approachable biterness follow through. Finishes with lingering cardboard-infused malt, stale chocolate, and a drying bitterness. Concensus: The 2004 was remarkable and somehow far superior to the 2006. Zero oxidation and was clearer in the glass. Iíd like to think that the perfect amount of time for DB in the cellar is four years if you use the 2004 as a benchmark. The 2006 disproves this though. Vintages in order of best to worst: 2008 2004 2006 2003 Note: All were stored in the cellar on thier sides for the duration, and the 2006 was very close to the 2003 in last place.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
atatum1234 (19) - Rogers, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Itís a beautiful pour, with dark amber color and thick beige head that stays with the brew. Nose is resinous and First sip is surprisingly low key in alcohol. This is a 2014 bottle. Sweet, malty start with a bright hop finish. Itís not as clean on the palate, which I enjoy. After a few sips, it is almost the same affect as chewing on a hop flower. Those flavors linger! Great strong beer. For the alcohol, it is easy to drink. Plan so age a second bottle to test against next couple years.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (191) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Pours cloudy dark ruby with a lasting beige head. Aroma is malt, herbs, raisins, alcohol, caramel and fruits. Flavour is bitter. Full bodied, thick texture, average carbonation. Finish is resinous and bready malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5391) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2015
How have I never rated this? Bomber. Deep amber with a beige head. Huge hops and malts in the aroma. Big complex fruit pretty much runs the gamut. The flavor is exactly the same. Complex and big fruit. Huge malts, too. Some spices and caramel. Brown sugar, harshness, alcohol, and big bitterness. My taste buds are being assaulted!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1538) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruity with some hops and spices. Taste is high sweet leading to dry bitter finish. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
Pours a cloudy orange-brown with an off-white head and nice lace. Sweet aroma, nice citrus, bitterness in the finish. Thick, sweet malt and nice bitter aftertaste. Thick body and good carbonation. Tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3688) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2015
660ml bottle from Drygate. Reddish brown, reasonable head. Grain alcohol malt aroma. Sweet woody alcohol malt flavour. Woody alcohol aftertaste. Love the attitude of this beer. I donít normally like beer thsi strong but this one is good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (614) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle purchased at Elevated. Consumed with Saturday Shirt. Pint glass. Deep amber color with an off white head. Aroma has the traditional Stone hop elements but a little bit more malt sweetness than most. Taste has plenty of hops but itís undercut by sweetness. Itís very drinkable and highly enjoyable. The alcohol is well hidden. Little bit of bitterness at the end. This is a great beer by one of the best hop centric breweries. Definitely worth a try. You bastard.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turtles (255) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2015
650ml bottle. Deep ruby ​​red. The aroma of a whole bag of sweet caramel. The taste is firmly bitter, simultaneously sweet, hard candies, raisins, plums, sawdust. Several complex and deep flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (410) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2015
This mighty brew is really a treat. Aroma is dark fruits, sweet notes of vanilla, plums and caramel. The taste is also on the sweeter side of the spectrum, but with the massive hop profile it manages to keep up a certain attitude as a trouble maker. A true bastard.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jlax10 (17) - Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2015
A very big beer. Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Great hops and huge punch with the 11%. You can definitely taste the booze. Overall this is a great beer.


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