RATINGS: 2613   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 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Big woodsy hop nose, sweet toffee and very fruity flavors. ABs big brother, certainly. Plenty of peppery alcohol in the finish. Viscous mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Fantastic hoppy/molasses aroma. The taste is odd - it certainly has a lot of hops, but it doesnt really taste like beer that much. It leaves a clingy feeling on the back of my teeth and really thickens into something less than stellar. I wouldnt even call this a top-five Stone beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
This beer introduces itself with a robust aroma of hops that lures you to inhale even deeper to discover the subtle hints of caramel and citrus that linger ever so faintly in the background. It goes on boasting a deep chestnut color, but it lets you know its confidence as its big thick camel colored head rests perfectly upon that solution. After you have been awed by this beers introduction and its strong demeanor you let this fluid into your mouth to experience an explosion of hops. The solution is thick and hoppy. There is a mild sweetness that hides in the background which turns into a mild citrus taste in the aftertaste. This beer warms the throat and then the tummy. The hoppy taste hangs on eventually turning a little nutty as it sits in the throat waiting for you to replenish it with another drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Ive been wanting to try this for a long, long time. And on another topic, Ive been wondering what a much further attenuated version of a barleywine would taste like. So...two birds with one stone! Um. No pun intended. DB pours a dark amber with a small cap of khaki head that settles fairly quickly. A swirl of the glass brings it back though, and it looks good. Aroma of resiny hops, toasty carmel, plum, and clean alcohol. Hot on the palate, with a big aggressive alcohol presense. Some carmel, more resiny hops. A bright prickly character on the tongue. For my taste, a bit aggressive and overdone, but still interesting and clearly well crafted. Thanks Alaskanwarren! It was fun to finally taste this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2004 bomber. Theyre right, this is a lacerative muther of a beer. In fact, calling it a beer is a bit of a stretch, but, Im starting to understand what constitutes a good American Strong, and to this point, my favorite would have to be Gentlemans Jack. This doesnt taste like beer, its bourbon with a head. Very malty aroma with a little oak and alcohol. Not bad. Very astringent in the mouth. Too much so. Also, not as much hops as I expected. Lots of flavors going on, oak, cherry, fig, chocolate, caramel, toffee, bourbon ... but they dont play nice. The bourbon is the king of this playground. Very dry and astringent finish. I much prefer the docile younger brother.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
this is a tough beer. WOW!! dark tasty - good. Anothe rgreat brew by stone. Dry lasting finish that makes the wait for the next sip seem like forever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2005
22 oz brown bottle purchased from Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. ABV 10%. Clear dark reddish amber having a small white head. Intoxicating fruity, toffee and sweet malt aromas. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied ale that starts with light sweet malt with toffee and prune flavors. Middles with light sharp hop bitterness. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Richly flavored and well-balanced. This is an awesome IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
very bold and mellow flavor with bits of alcohol. tried a few, liked it, went back and bought 3 cases. GREAT beer. too bad it only comes out once a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Very interesting brew. Good color, very nice, dark red. Taste is complex and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 4, 2005
22oz bottle from clarkvv. Pours a dark red color with a white head. Nose is very malty and caramelly, a bit of toffee and light hops. Taste is huge malt and caramel, ligh thops, nice and sweet but with a bite to it.Palate is light film and finishes with a slight bitterness.

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