illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 2005 Bottle courtesy of Droopy49, you da man. I say this one is a Barleywine, hands down. Pours clear brown with a nice reddish hue. Nice color! Aroma not quite as aggressive as I was expecting, but still pleasant and very heavy on the caramel and brown sugar, with a hint of citrusy hops, and some port like aromas. Rich thick caramel malty flavor, nicely balanced by a huge hop bitterness. As it warmed, I picked up some fruitiness, almost grape like. Going down, this kicks you in the balls with the warming and hop bitterness, almost like a whisky. This is not for the inexperienced palate, so newbies beware. This should cellar nicely. I’d love to see this in 12 oz bottles, because a bomber is a little too much. I can barely type. Good night everybody!tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2005 bottle opened on 11-5-09, stored at room tremp: Same appearance, but aroma is of your typical barleywine. Flavor is dominated by rich malty caramel with some vanilla as well. Finish is dry and spicy, with perhaps a very very faint hint of sherry like oxidation. Surprisingly drinkable, but probably at the start of it’s decline.
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 I enjoyed this much more than the arrogant bastard. Still incredibly hoppy, but it had a nice balance of some sweetness. I felt the arrogant was a little too one-sided. biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Rather enjoyable, but this definitely not a brew you can drink too many of in one day. Hops, hops and more hops. A sweetness of caramel is definitely present, but not distracting. Nice head. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Tap. Pours a deep copper with not very much head. I found this to be an abundance of hops with something missing. Some sweetness, but basically hoppy. Not as good as the well behaved arrogant bastard. myfriendbubba (40) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Stay far???? Hardly....... this one is like those little caramel cubes with a hop cone inside....well maybe not....what I am trying to say is tons of caramel and sweet malty with very spicy hop tatses. Yes an assault on the palate. Only could have 2 bombers then my tounge is dead
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
on tap. I actually dont think so highly of this its like the bastard just hopped up a bunch it was enjoyable enough though TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2006
22 oz bottle. 2005 release. After the ADR Grand Cru I dont’ know if i can say much let alone type. Oddly first pour worked a nice head but second pour yielded almost none. Sort of a Belgian IPA in taste. Sweet malts yields quickly to the bitter hops. Medium light body. Very good but needs a re-rate. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 9, 2006
There is a mild fruity aroma to double bastard. The pour is a mahogany red with a huge golden head. Head retention is fully lasting with cosiderable amounts of lacing. The flavor is initially caramel sweet but the hop bitterness quickly comes to dominate. The hop flavor is bold yet suprisingly smoooth even as the flavor builds. smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
Surprisingly, easier to drink than the smaller Arrogant. Still, take the advice and stay away from this beer. Truly an unforgiving assault. Caramel and hops. chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Deep Red Heavy Caramel, One finger tan head clinged to glass rocky, Heavy palate rich malty flavor. Sipping brew. more malt than hops but still plenty of hops due to heavy malts. Only could do one.