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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Bomber into Aventinus glass. Purchased somewhere in Toledo. Um, over rated. Maybe the most over rated beer Ive ever had. Thats not saying its the worst, or the most disappointing, but Top 50? Every Top 50 beer Ive had I could understand how it got there, even if my particular opinion was different from the norm, but not with this one. Glowing yellow brown in the glass, with a yellow egg cream foam head thats thick and forms a semi-solid film on top that is kind of impressive and at the same time almost gross. Smells like bananas floating in heavy cream with touches of brown sugar. Good to great racing is perhaps too quick to reach the top to be amazing. The lacing is a thin glittering film that was for some reason unappealing. The flavor and mouthfeel are harsh at first, and by that I dont mean strong necessarily, because strong can be smooth or intense and enjoyable. This was like nettles. Brashly but uninterestingly hoppy and uninspiringly malty, the unimpressive characteristics were, I guess, well-balanced. Some flabby sweetness countered the bitterness nicely. Black pepper in the beginning of the finish. End of the finish was meally with a bit of alcohol astringency. Body was medium to full overall and creamy sometines, which I guess was the best part about the beer. If there were one beer in my experience that I would say tasted like the essence of a bastard liquefied, it would be this one; and thats a pretty half-assed compliment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Thin head which dissipates rather quickly. Great carbonation though keeps the surface dancing. Nice toffee and caramel aroma with plenty of malts and a touch of sweetness. Color is a murky dark reddish brown. Flavor is rich and spicy. Strong malt backbone with more caramel and a pretty noticeable amount of alcohol. Pretty hot brew. Little sweet and very warming. Finish is thick and lingering with a slight dry bitterness from the hops presence. A pretty good strong brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Very appealing beer. Nice head, smells of malts and the flavor is great. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Poured thick, dark amber-red, rich creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts, a bit of citrus. A bit stringent in the mouth, alcohol too. Pure hops all the way through the taste...no...wait...some uncharacteristic (and unrecognizable) sweet comes through as well. A difficult beer to have more than one at a time, but quite tasty.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 6, 2005
This is macho brewing gone amuck. The alcohol presence is overstated as well as the syrupy sweet linger that stays too long. Not hopped accordingly another Stone masterpiece for those so inclined. When will this trend in big poor tasting beers end. I wanted my money back after this joke of a brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
The diatribe on this beer is a bit much, but Stone does deliver. Alcohol is everywhere in this beer. Very strong, but finishes somewhat sweet. Beginners should start with the Arrogant brew and work their way up. My liver is probably the only one happy that this only comes out around Thanksgiving.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GotBeer4Me (4) - USA - JUL 3, 2005 does not count
Amazing beer. Better than the Arrogant Bastard. But, its tough to drink a lot! Discovered that Red Dragong cheese (w/ ale, mustard & flavor) on a garlic was the only thing to hold up to Double Bastard. YUM!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
8ballchaos (4) - schererville, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2005 does not count
My "numero uno" of the Stone family. Great taste and aroma. A bit overblown on the alcohol aftershock but well worth the effort. Dont drink on an empty stomach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Pours a beautifull murky ruby color with a thin offwhite head. Vinous aroma of fruits, caramel and candy. Excellent flavor of hops, fruits, caramel and candy with a bitter finish. Light to medium body, vinous and syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2005
This isnt a beer for the average joe. Had a complex aroma of malty sweet caramel and hoppy fruit. Caramel flavor somewhat and that is left on palate. Body is caramel color with small cream color head. Good Lacing left on glass. Some setement found in bottom of empty glass of this alcohol indused liquid. But this is for that nightcap if your not going anywhere and are at home. Alcohol presence is everywhere in this brew. In the aroma, flavor and palate. So if alcohol octane is your kind of beer suggest you go out and buy that monster bootle you can find at a decent liqour store and get drunk.

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