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RATINGS: 2613   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
I was in over my head. 2 on one is never good odds, what was I thinking? Its likely that I wasnt thinking at all. You slip one, the other is waiting to plant one on your jaw. Best you can do is run. But Im too much of a coward for all of that... much more comfortable to sit here and take my beating. It has to stop eventually, doesnt it?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Bottle poured a dark brown/dark red amber with a thick heavy foamy head. What can you say about the aroma!! strong hoppy malty kickin ass!! Flavor is AWSOME strong on the hopps strong on the alcohol! I could feel it running through me as I drank and as it warmed up it got even better!! This is an awsome sippin beer for a cold night.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2004
From a 22 ounce bottle - This is a perfect beer... it poured a dark mahogeny color with a low, fine tan head and an exileratingly spicy boquet. With a full, round mouthfeel and a lasting, complex palate. Damn it, this was worth the $4.99 a bottle price!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2004
bottle from Tchrome, thanks a lot man. pours a luscious red with a lingering tan head. aroma is fruity and sweet with an alcohol and hop touch, my esteemed colleague Lumpy says it is cantaloup and i agree. taste is dark fruits and joy, i detect grape, citrus, caramel, chewy earth notes, sweet malt is present but this is a celebration of hops first and foremost. alcohol finish that makes me enjoy the flavors even more. damn this is tasty, i want, no, i need more.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle. Nose smells strongly of Pecos cantaloupe. Flavor is amazing-first and foremost it is bitter on the finish. Now, having said that, there are so many freakn flavors going on here that I couldnt even begin to describe: hops, sweetness that is not over powering, fresh fruit, apple, citrus, burbon/wood, and alcohol. Wow. I like this a whole lot more than I was expecting. This is outstanding. A hop heads dream.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 2004 bottle over a year old. This has mellowed so well, the alcohol bite is gone and its so pleasant to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2004
This years release was much better than last years in my opinion. But then again, this beer is never a let down. Tons of thick sweet malt in the aroma, citrus fruit, pineapple, and a enough hops to satisfy even the craziest hop head. Pours blood red with a light tan head, looks amazing in any glass. Taste has a powerful malt kick, a bit toasty and fruity, then a big blast of hops to balance this monster out. Very crisp and dry finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2004
mmmmmm. tasty. an almost sweet, but hoppy smell. not so sweet on the palate, but tasty. a strong complexity, with some maltiness, hoppiness, and a pleasant alchoholliness. a beer ill come back to.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Aroma is of malt with a weird mix of hops to give a bitter grainy smell. So freken strong, I love it! Its very well balanced with a lot of malts and a lot of hops. Makes for a extremely full bodied taste. Sweet and spiced througout with a great alcohol kick.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 Beautiful deep clear crimson with a thick off-white head. Great hoppy, malty aroma with a hint of cherries. Taste is very sweet, malty and hoppy as hell. Pretty complex - has notes of pine, citrus/grapefruit, dark fruit/cherries, honey and toasty malts. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Has an alcohol presence on the back end with a big, thick chewy body. Very creamy with subtle carbonation. Has great lacing and head retention. Tastes more like a barleywine as it ages. Great stuff.


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