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RATINGS: 2337   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. ’Course there’s always the masochists...
Note: 2007 - 10%, 2008 & 2009 - 10.5%, 2010 - 11.2%, 2011 - 10.5%, 2012 - 11.2%.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EnnuiDivine (23) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2010
This is quite possibly the best beer I’ve ever tasted. Or will ever taste. Immensely strong in palate and alcohol content with a generous balance of malt and overwhelming hop character, this is a brew for the ages.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4367) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Hackobock: Served in a shaker: Medium sized creamy head. Almost clear amber body. Aroma is a delicious mix of hops, yeast, wood, toast, some fruits, some herbs deliciously balanced. Flavour has tones of bread, toast, bitters, malts, herbs, some caramel, dried leaves, hay/grass tints and some spice/alcohol. Aftertaste is strong bitter with malts, some caramel, herbal toast, dried leaves and hay/grass. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy sticky texture. Touch of alcohol, nonetheless great beer and quite an easy drinker for 11.2%ABV.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1156) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was dated as a 2010 release and cost $6.99 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: An ugly rusty brown/brick red hue over a completely opaque body. Pours to a three-finger, ivory, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Extremely sweet aroma of confectionery flavors and some alcohol.

Taste: I’ve never been a big fan of Stone’s “Bastard” series, as I tend to find them too abrasive for their own good (except Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which is perfectly balanced). Double Bastard tends to be the beefiest of them all, not surprisingly. I set this bottle aside in the basement nearly four years ago and had forgotten about until recently. With some age on it, this beer has become quite different from the hop bomb I remember. It’s very sweet, but not cloying, and is now well-balanced since the hops have faded.

If I were drinking this blind I could confuse it for a strong English-style barleywine. Huge confectionery notes are present right off the rip: toffee, caramel, peanut brittle, and butterscotch. Additional complexity through the middle with notes of red and black cherries. The hops still maintain some bitterness, but are not nearly as dry and astringent as they are fresh. Slight earthy/smoky/piney flavors through the middle with just a touch of bitterness. It finishes as it starts, but with some warming (and complementary) alcohol flavor and sensation. Overall, it’s a delectable beer, though not quite a mind-blower.

Drinkability: One of the reasons I’m not a fan of fresh Double Bastard is because it’s difficult to drink it in anything bigger than a tiny sip. With four years of age under its belt, it’s a different world. The mouthfeel is thick, calm, soft and smooth. The alcohol is subtle and leaves a gentle warming sensation. There’s a residual aftertaste of malty sweetness and minor dry bitterness, but it’s easily tolerable. Even at 11.2% ABV, this is no longer a beastly brew and I can handle the entire 22oz bomber myself.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (2954) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Glass, 4-ounce, bottle, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 11 2014; eye: mahogany, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: malt, resinous hops, caramel, fruity, orange; mouth: malt, resinous hops, caramel, astringency, fruity, orange, finale in malt with good presence of hops, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, bouteille, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 11 juin 2014; œil : acajou, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : malt, houblon résineux, caramel, fruitée, orange; bouche : malt, houblon résineux, caramel, astringence, fruitée, orange, finale en malt avec bonne présence de houblon, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : bien

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (1510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle date 10-06-2013. Craft beer shit talk on the back of the bottle is about as long as the bible, so tldr that either. Clear chestnut brown with a medium sized diminishing beige head. Nuts, caramel, booze, brown sugar, sherry, over ripe banana, grapefruit astringency. Full body, oily texture, medium carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and bitter. Hot finish. Rough and clumsy. Not very pleasant and no sense in paying for this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
At Justin’s house warming party. Pours murky brown with white lacing. Aroma is cardboard, nice molasis figs, on the complex side. Taste, is as expected. It’s a very nice barleywine, just not my style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1208) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from Brewdog, Sheffield. Big, boozy, chewy, sweet, toffee malt. Overripe orange. Light, spicy herb. Taste is orange sweet. Spicy dry. Burnt bitterness. Big, chewy toffee palate. Finishes big. With added bigness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Orosinii (1) - - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
Lovely ale - properly layered brilliance best to savour on a sunny afternoon with a BBQ. Rich initial caramel malty texture, not too much alcohol for the strength but it is there hiding, slightly smokey with a with a small hop kick. Just Devine!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duganc (10) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2014
2013 Bottling. Another night, another Rocky Patel Edge Lite and now a Double AB added to the equation. Pour is a thick dark amber with a thin ring of suds that stick to the goblet as I sip. Malt and slight orange peel aroma - nice! Alcohol not as forward as one would expect for an 11.2. Lingering bitter finish. Just reward after an out-n-back overnight backack/camping trip. Will be adding three to cellaring stock for annual reviews. Yum!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rentonj7 (28) - USA - JUL 18, 2014
2013 bottling Aroma: Thick dried fruit, plums, raisins, slight caramel. Appearance: Deep cherry amber. Very little head. Tiny bubbled lacing that’s edging towards brandy. Taste: Dried fruits, lots of sweetness to go with the alcohol, some piney hops, caramel. Every sip seems to reveal another layer. Cherries slipping into the picture now. Palate: Medium/full body, carbonation is more lively in the mouth than the glass. Starts off syrupy/stick and then slightly dry finish that bitters. Overall: This is a world tour of flavor and aroma. It really hides the abv well. I may prefer the oaked version for a more regular occasion, but this really knocks my socks off. Outstanding.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
This is such a badass beer. To me this tastes pretty much the same as Arrogant Bastard, just with more alcohol and perhaps a bit more character. I appreciate its complexity and its brazen character, but I can’t say I really enjoy drinking it. But at the same time hell yeah I’d drink it again.


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