RATINGS: 2597   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Re-rate 1/1/11: 2004 from the same case the original reviewed beer came out of. Pours ruby red with a lingering, tan head. Smells of burned licorice, cognac, chocolate, figs, molasses, some smoky malt undertones. Tastes of toffee, caramel, chocolate, some underlying hoppy bitterness, spicy, peppery. As the beer warms, some dark fruity undertones give way to more intense, layered chocolate. Mouthfeel is velvety, thick, and unwavering. Carbonation is slightly understated vs. this same beer fresh. Ages well and my original impressions still hold up after all these years. Truly a work of art of a beer.

Original Review:Poured out of a 220z 2004 vintage bottle into a double bastard glass purchased from the brewery. Pours out amber with a creamy 1/4 finger head that is off-white and dissipating. Smell is of grass, pepper, yogurt, lemon, and brown sugar. Taste is of sugar, pepper, caramel, and rose hips. Bitter astringent metallic finish. Excellent mouthfeel with lively carbonation that tickles the tongue and lasts after that taste for some time. Light lacing was present throughout the tasting. Overall one of the better American Strong Ales Ive had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Burninhell (2) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2005 does not count
beer that can do no wrong, drink this beer in the czech manner: pour into a snifer, inhale deeply, sip, have beautiful, loving woman nearby, then inhale deeply from her hair,,, will add to the experience,,,,,,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Pours a clear ruby red color with a medium white head that shrinks to a small ring around the glass. Aroma is sweet malt, spice, orange and alcohol. flavor follows suit with heavy sweetness and a bit of nutty flavor.. The orange and alcohol finish it up nicely. Medium to thick mouthfeel..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Malty, chewy, hoppy, balanced, relatively unfruity, thick mouthfeel, sippin or gulpin, big-headed, dark red, smooth, typical, tasty, big barleywine. What else is there to say?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Thank you sir, may I have another? Actually had DB before ever try regular Bastard, which would be about the only thing to make AB seem a let down. Marketing aside, very aggressive, almost mouth numbingly so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1957) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 31, 2005
One of those rare whooaaaa f$%%$ beers that seduces upon the first sip. Styled in the strong ale mould. Packaging and etched label is A1. Ultra clear toffee brown in the glass. Powerful malt nose, a sweet liquored feel and a little alcohol lift. Massive palate with big malty alcohol sweetness driving a big palate. Does an about-turn on the finish with sharp hops...very interesting. This beer might not please the technocrats but quite obviously extreme beers have their place. The DB reminds me a lot of of the ultra ripe and equally powerful shiraz from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale in South Australia. These wines are alos heaps of fun, possibly challenging yet many question their varietal character. I wonder if the traditionalists feel this way about Stones? (buggered if I know the answer to this ? being in Oz).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle 22oz - Im tired of crappy little beers tonight.. time to get a big boy out of the cellar - Pours cherry red with a beautiful tan head that almost overblew the trappist glass then settled back to about an eighth of an inch. The nose is of plums and raisins and a touch of smoke over big malts. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, plums, raisins, sweet malts, and a distant smoke flavor all come to the forefront. Very complex and tasty and the alcohol is covered quite well in this beer. On the palate this is medium bodied and quite sticky with a fine bitter dry alcoholic finish that warms you right up. This is really a terrific beer and quite worth its rating. Seems an aweful lot like a barley wine to me though. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Couleur rougetre tirant vers le brun, abrite dune faible mousse beige et partiellement diminuante. Armes trs puissants et concentrs en houblon affichant aussi des raisins secs, des dattes des figues et des grains de caf dans un bain dalcool. Dune part trs florale; ptales de fleurs mouilles et de lautre part, amrisant rappelant le zeste dorange et une foret de conifres recouverte dun tapis de rsine. Rsine de houblon, encre bleu, malt caramel et toffee en bouche. La quantit dalcool semble nettement suprieure au pourcentage indiqu sur la bouteille, avec le temps, elle devient de plus en plus prsente en armes et nous brle sur son passage. Texture sirupeuse et rsineuse, corps dune paisseur remarquable, niveau de carbonatation actif et adquat au breuvage. Un justifiable abus de houblon. Bouteille, Charlies street Liquor, Boston Janvier 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
bottle obtained in Phoenix roughly six months ago. I love the stories silkscreened on the bottles! fluffy white bread-like head. murky copper/cherry colour. Aroma consisted of a boatload of hops, funky cheese, yeast, and perhaps a little bit of citrus. Huge body, hoppy as hell...alcohol is quite evident. very long lingering bitter finish. well crafted, which is no surprise coming from Stone, but I prefer the Arrogant Bastard.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Dave420 (55) - O.C, California, USA - MAY 20, 2005
eww. One of the nastiest beers ive ever drank. My friends brother gave it to my buddy, then he gave it to me becuase it was too gross to finish. Tasted way too much like laundry detergent and battery acid for me to gut. It also gave me pretty bad heartburn Disgusting.

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