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RATINGS: 2612   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2006
From the bottle, pours an opaque medium brown with a thin off-white head. Very interesting aroma....very malty, roasted barley, some caramel. Tastes like it smells, plus a fair amount of bitter hops at the end. Theres a hint of chocolate in there too. This is a good one, but Im not sure Id rank it in the 100th percentile.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7571) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a clear bubbly ruby with an average size lasting off-white head. Aroma of funky hops with a nice amount of caramel malt and some dark fruit. Flavour -- holy shit, thats almost like a Barley Wine. LOTS of hops with some dark fruit, malt, wood and alcohol. Full bodied and fairly well balanced but still one of the harder Stone beers to drink -- perhaps I am not fully worthy. Still, its one fine Ale and I will attempt to prove my worthyness again and again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Mostly amber with a ruby hint and a tight, dissipating head. Aromas are light, some clove/citrus, some whisky barrel. Extremely aggressive on the hops, no effort to hide the alcohol. Long, musky finish. Lots of bravado throughout, but to limited effect. It lacks the balance and depth that malts give an ale. In spite of this, the beer is pretty clean. Im probably being a bit harsh with it (its still quite good), but I probably expected a bit more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2006
A little dissappointing... hops were extremely aggresive, way too bitter and acidic, rather than highlighting aroma. Very malty nose and flavor, strong alcohol presence. A good beer, but a little "too much," though I guess thats the point. Tastes mostly like a hopped-up english barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6562) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy - his bottle. Poured deep clear ruby-mahogany with an average lasting foamy beige head. Aroma of funky hops, solid light roast malt, yeast, some tart fruit and a hint of cheese or cream - pretty funky but it hits a nice balance as it warms up. Wow - flavour of hot alcohol malt, restrained citrus and resin hop medley, peat, wood and yeast notes. Mouthfeel is creamy, bitter and fairly hotly alcoholic - I really like this, but Im not convinced Im "worthy." Bastards.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (611) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 I dont quite buy the Stone hype, but this isnt a bad beer. I actually find it to be quite balanced, not nearly as aggressive and harsh as I was expecting. It is malt-forward with a strong sticky sweetness, opposed by the hop bitterness in the back. The malt gives some barleywine-like flavors of dried fruits. In fact, I might classify this as an American barleywine. I also get some of that same pineapple that was in the regular AB, but very little citrus or other hop character. Alcohol burn. None of the sawdust that I found in AB. Pretty solid beer. Something Id have again, but not rave about.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3368) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Rich, dark amber colour with a healthy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, dark dried fruit, earthy hops. Big, thick, full mouthfeel. Flavour is huge, but remarkably balanced, with syrupy sweet malt, notes of butterscotch and raisins, a pleasant oakiness, and that marvelous hit of citric hops in the finish. Killer! I drank this one soon after getting mu hands on it, but Id love to lay one down for a couple of years to see how it fares.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3 Liter I recieved for Christmas. Dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. Very little carbonation. Smells sweet, almost ciderish. Also has slight aroma of alcohol. Flavor is of caramel, and quite a bit of sweetness initially which turns quickly to bitterness. Finishes dry like wine. Like some others stated, this at times taste like no other beer Ive ever had. Highly drinkable in my opinion considering its less than modest ABV. Would like to taste again soon.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5810) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Pours deep burgandy-orange into a Chimay goblet. Nice head with long retention. Nice lacing. Caramel aroma. Deep malt flavor with hop finish. Quite well balanced. Very little active carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Rating # 2100. Deep amber reddish colour with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with alight alcohol note and a faint hoppyness. Smooth wellbalanced malty sweet flavor with a low key hoppy finish. Thanx to Luke for bringing this one to Denmark.


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