RATINGS: 2549   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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%, 2016 - 11%.

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Nische (2568) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2017
2009 vintage, tap at Stone Berlin. Pours clear, deep amber with a small, beige head. A little bit of cardboard, loads of caramel. Still sticky and resinous. Well aged and well hidden ABV.

HighlanderOne (1377) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2017
AROMA - burnt caramel and malt
APPEARANCE - solid mahogany with lacing.
TASTE - burnt caramel, toffee, marshmallow, nut, plum, roasted malt, hops, spice, oats.
PALATE - big and bold, boozy in back.
OVERALL - I would buy again

biir (1632) - Berlin, - NOV 18, 2017
Tap at Stone Berlin - as 2009 Double Bastard - clear brown color, small white head. taste is caramell, cognac, full malt bomb, sweetish, bitter finish. a very nice sipper. well aged. like a fine spirit. beautiful. alcohol well hidden.

Bill Becker (1911) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Mar 2008

his one pours a clear red with a 1 finger head of foam which shrinks during the session to a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is very malty with lots of caramel. Nice. There's also a fairly faint, compared to the malt, nose of hops.

The taste has notes of caramel malt up front followed by some fruit(black cherry), and citrus and piney hops and a pretty big dose of alcohol.
Lots of warming during and after the swallow.

The more sips I take, the less I notice the alcohol and now I'm able to really start focusing on the flavours and man, it's so tasty and so well balanced that I don't want the bottle's contents to leave. *Very* nice sipping Strong Ale and with its creamy smooth mouthfeel and nicely done light carbonation, this is certainly a great brew worthy of its reputation. Highly recommended.

daje (4548) - NORWAY - NOV 6, 2017
3 liter Bottle at the Aaahhh...øl!!! Julebord 2016. Dark orange body with a small head. Aroma of raisin, ashes, orange. Taste is bitter, grassy, with tangerine, pulp, hay. Very on the grassy side, though an enjoyable beer.

Antonio369 (230) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2017
65 cl bottle, served in a snifter. Poured hazy amber with a light tan three finger head. Aroma: candy, overripe banana, pineapple, caramel. Taste: toffee, butterscotch, cotton candy, overripe banana, pineapple, raisins, ginger, vanilla, spices, christmas cake, raisin bread, roasted nuts, cloves. Thick and quite spicy mouthfeel. Medium to full body with a very nice more bitter than sweet finish. Also a lingering gingery spiciness in the long finish. Alcohol nicely hidden. Tastes like a barley wine, especially 'Bommen en Granaten' by 'De Molen' is almost identical to this. But a really fantastic brew on its own! Really enjoying this...

Iznogud (4495) - CROATIA - OCT 22, 2017
Bottle, 650 ml, courtesy of Max. shared with him, Simon and JFK10000. Pours amber with medium off-white head. Fruity, hops, pine, citrus, caramel, bit nutty, bit warming, sweet, bitterness in finish. Medium to full bodied. Very nice, didin't expect it to be this good.

explosivedog (1684) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2017 On tap at Galbraith's. Pours red brown. Caramel, strawberry, brandy cherry, toffee, pepper, apple. Big body. Delicious.

pawos (274) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - AUG 9, 2017
Kolor ciemnobrunatny, opalizujący. W aromacie dużo karmelu, ciastek, toffi, suszonych śliwek. Piwo bardzo pełne. Słodkie, oblepiające, karmelowe. Goryczka wyraźna i nieco przeszkadzająca. Wyczuwalny alkohol

Frothmeister (835) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2017
650ml bottle. Pours a clear copper hue with a one finger with a beige head. On the nose, lots of barley wine like notes, resinous hops up front, heavy caramel malts, tropical fruit underneath, and a note that is almost like vanilla cake. Lighter bodied than expected, but sweet with some alcohol burn, resinous notes, sweet caramel malt, with mineral hopping that heads into bitterness over burnt sugar, a faint floral note, lots of eucalyptus, and the faintest hit of coffee. It definitely seems more barley wine than anything, but I have few complaints. BOOM to the taste buds!

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