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RATINGS: 2597   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 theres 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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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Bottled in 2003. Poured a nice ruby orange to brown color with a very nice head that sustained itself well. The lacing provided was very nice. Aroma was resinous and citrusey, no alcohol at all. The flavor was excellent, probably all the better that it was aged. No pine trees to kill things. Just caramel malts, resinous hops, and citrus fruits (grapefruits probably most prominent). This aged barleywine became a very nice double IPA, my favorite of the "hoppy" styles. Mouthfeel was moderate, not too thick, not too heavy. The dog LOVED the few teaspoons he got and rolled around on his back, while wagging his tail. Re-rate on drafts in Arizona and at SL provided similar experiences. This is perhaps my favorite barleywine out there.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Reddish brown liquid with large light tan head. Plenty of thick lacing. Complex smells of caramel malt, honey, apples, and alcohol balanced well with some citrusy hops. The fun continues with some light fruit taste maybe pineapple and a little apple. Lots more caramel malt taste followed by a roasted malt taste. The transitions continue from sweet to spicy. Good spicy hops with plenty of pleasant alcohol warming. Smooth thick syrupy feel. The only thing that keeps this beer from being a perfect five is the overly dry spicy feel left ten minutes later that leaves my mouth feeling like I just woke up (yeah you know that feeling). Other than that, this is one of the most complex and delicious beers Ive had. Thank you again Greg Koch/Stone Brewing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sbaz040 (38) - phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2006
This stuff will mess you up.Tastes great and cant taste the alcohol too much. Much better than Arrogant Bastard ale. But not even close to IPA

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quevillon (2968) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Post-mondial Tasting (3 litres). Rousse dlissieuse, trs beau collet. Arome super de fruit sucr cuite. Got rchaufant prsque parfait.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Marketing 101: The customer must identify with the product. Works for me, this beer is twice what I am. Cloudy red-wine color with a medium white head. Smells barley-wine-ish. Brutal taste of earthy malts, liquorice, burning alcohol, out-of-this-world hops. Extreme!! Sampled from a 2 year old impressive 3L bottle that made it look even more scary.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedindaniel (6) - Chula Vista, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
This beer was a bit confusing for my palate as it had an initially sweet taste to it with a bitter kick at the end. Had a very nice clear caramel color to it and a strong aroma giving a hint of the flavors to come. As one rater mentioned before, it does leave the mouth feeling quite dehydrated but thats not surprising with a 10% alcohol beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 31, 2006
2005 bomber. Deep copper-orange pour with a thin yellowy tan head. Nose hits you immediately - brown sugary malt and citrusy hops. The strength of the malt in the nose is suprising. Initially, the sweet maltiness is there, but is bludgeoned into submission by the bitter flower. Still, the strength of the two flavors is remarkable. Slightly syrupy body, and the alcohol is hidden well - you only know it is there by the warming down your gullet. Niiice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Poured from a bomber a brownish orange with a smal tan head and great lacing. Aroma was of malts and caramel with hop rising in the background. Syrupy body worked well with the taste buds. Flavor started out as brown sugar and malt but just as the tastebuds were getting used to that, the hops kick in and take over. As this brew goes down the alcohol kicks in a bit just to let you know its there. Another winner for Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 22oz bomber 2004 Release-An aroma of alcohol, malt and hops. Brown reddish with a small head that dissipates even quicker. A heavy body with an alcohol taste and malt. A complex brew that is very tasty. 22oz bottle "06 Release-An aroma of hops and malt on a reddish body with a small tan head. Tast of this big boddied brew is og hops, malt, and alcohol. Very tasty and drinkable. 8/4/8/4/17

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2006
Despite supposedly being more "evil" than its smaller brother, it is actually much more balanced and better, even if the hops are more assertive. Big thick malty palate that is right at the line between being nice and being syrupy. Loads of American hop aroma and taste, well balanced by carame;ly malt flavors. Nice.


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