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RATINGS: 2409   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%.


lukeris' rating

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukeris (5) - USA - DEC 17, 2007
aggressively hoppy on the nose, followed by heat and caramel malt aromas. Very pretty in the glass, translucent amber. Hops once again on the palate, crisp and pine-y followed once again by the alcohol and an almost candied malt finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (644) - LinkŲping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
(650ml 2014 bottle @ Systembolaget) Pours clear copper with a small head of fine off white bubbles that lingers with no lace. Aroma quite malty, toffee and caramel, touch of fig pudding, marmalade hop character, pine, smells like a barley wine. Palate rich, quite sweet at first with a fair bit of bitterness, toffee, marmalade, a little dried fruit. Hops show up a lot more in the middle of the palate, lots of pine needle and resin as the bitterness takes hold. Malt core holds all the way through to the aftertaste but the bitterness is quite high by the finish, astringent, mostly pine/resin with some candied orange. Lots of hops in the aftertaste. Fairly full and oily in the mouth, very soft carb, a bit of alcohol heat. I would definitely call this an American barley wine. Itís a really good one though, nice balance, smooth and malty with enough to hold the big hop character later on in the sip.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (890) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
Aroma is roasted malts, honey and caramel. Taste is all sorts of great deep malts, raisins and caramel. Thick almost chewy mouthfeel. Light creaminess and a very well balanced hop profile that is earthy and has slight clove and lemon grass notes. Appearance is a clear copper body with a medium pearl head that retains well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1327) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
2014 version, which is 11%, from Favourite Beer, Cheltenham. Deep amber colour with a beige head. Burnt caramel, malts, marmalade and alcohol aroma. Well balanced bitter sweet start with a bitter finish. Very thick palate. Love it!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (174) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2015
On tap at Nakameguro Taproom. Served in a snifter. Deep amber color with a huge pink soapy head. Slight malt aroma with a bit of sourness present. Sweetness present on the palate from the malts with a hint of bitterness and a strong bit of alcohol present. Oily mouthfeel with a nice long smooth finish. Solid strong ale.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (450) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Medium chocolate brown, moderate foam. Caramel malt aroma with some hops, smells strong, nothing special tbh. Hop characteristic is much stronger in the flavor, spruce, tiny bit of roastiness. Bitterness lingers nicely.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (496) - Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Draft. Dark amber brown with small tan head. Malty caramel atoms. Big malty version of bastard. Bitterness still shine through the extra malty palette. Delicious as expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joelly3d (45) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Good beer. Slightly more bitter and less floral or citrus than I normally like for an ipa. Worth a try for big beer lovers but won't be a regular purchase for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2746) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
650ml brown bottle. 2013 release. Orange coloured, hazy, some floaties in later pours. Small cap of creamy beige foam. Nose has toffee malts, mild citrus and alcohol. Taste has caramel and toffee sweetness, late hop bitterness and some alcohol. Full bodied with softer mouthfeel. Strong, rich, boozy, hoppy - all things I enjoy. Seems like a great beer to pull out on a cold winterís night, one to sip slowly.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenkiGonzo (459) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2015
1pt bottle. Pours a lovely ruby red, very little head. Sweet and malty arome with some dark fruit. Flavour has the same, along with some fierce bitterness to balance it out. Definitely more of a barley wine than anything else. Any way, a beast of a beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malkyore (244) - - JAN 22, 2015
This is pretty much a barleywine... The fact that they donít call it a barleywine is just a testimate to just how many f*cks stone does not give. Itís both sweet and deliciously malty and brutally hoppy... Itís pretty much everything all at the same time, but it isnít all confused tasting..... If it were a barleywine it would be my favorite barleywine, but as it stands itíll just be my favorite "strong ale" whatever in the hell thatís supposed to be...


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