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RATINGS: 2554   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 there’s 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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4.8
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2003 edition in the 22oz bomber. The bigger brother to Arrogant Bastard pours a brown color with reddish highlight and a minimal tan head unless poured very aggressively. The head drops quickly to a bubbly ring leaving a nice lacing around the glass. Quite the strong aroma on this one, with plenty of sweet malts, earthy hops, fruits and a touch of alcohol. This one definitely brings a big taste to the plate with a sweet fruity malt upfront that settles into a bitter hop bite. This one has a similar taste to arrogant bastard but upped several notches and a few more complexities are thrown in. A very complex tasting beer indeed, maybe having a 3 liter at one sitting can help unravel some of these complexities. Mouthfeel is amazing, full and creamy with perfect carbonation. Drinkability is perfect, there is only slight alcohol tastes and scents so that never slows the consumption. This is a near perfect beer in my opinion and I look forward to this years release as this was my last bottle. Highly recommended to all except people new to craft beer because this will knock them on their arse.

4.7
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 about as good as a brew gets. Very thick and full bodied. One awesome brew, but very potent as well. I recently had this on tap and it was northing short of totally awesome. A pretty noticable difference between on tap and out of the bottle.

4.1
bretupdegraff (243) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2009
YUM - had the 2006 in 2009! Big Beer - this one will set the palate for a while. Stays with you. very good.

3.4
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Better than the original bastard but still kind of off. Aroma is malt in a slight hinty kind of way, bits of chocolate, roast, toffee nothing really present kind of like whisps. Appearance is reddish brown, dark. taste is sweet. Palate is thinner than I expect every time. Overall impression is MEH.

3.9
JLLSU (242) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Bomber---> nonic. Pours a cloudy amber with a small-medium thick white head. Smells of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, and mild alcohol. Taste is a spicy sweet malt, with a small piney hop bite on the back end. Semi smooth palate that isn’t as sticky as most beers of this style (which is a good thing to me). REALLY good beer that towers over his little brother.

4
beeratarian (242) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
On tap at fatheads. Pours a medium copper amber with thin light tan head. Smell is hoppy, with a little caramel. Taste is a lot more hoppy than I thought it would be, some sweet malts on finish. Really drinkable for 11%. On tap is definitely better than bottle. A great hoppy strong ale to judge others by.

4.2
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.

3.3
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2005
I feel bad to be the one to give this a relatively low rating but I think everyone here must be rating this stuff after drinking a pint on an empty stomach. I don’t mind high abv beers at all in fact I prefer them, but at least mask it a little bit. OK, take a pint of Arrogant Bastard Ale now add a shot of vodka, now you’ve got Double Bastard Ale. One thing I can say for it is that the appearance and mouthfeel are perfect. Nice frothy head and lacing all over but seriously, I had a cut on my lip and this burnt the hell out of it while drinking, why not sip Makers Mark?

4.3
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2003
(2002 release): Inviting garnet color. Interesting aroma that has two distinct characters -- the floral hoppy (the first you encounter) and then the sweet alcohol. In the flavor, the alcohol bite is the first thing you taste, but it's rounded out in the end by the hoppy bite. It's nicely balanced and it flows well over the tongue, bringing out different, but balanced and seamless, flavors as it moves across the palate. There's a mild afterburn (though I don't know why I'm picking that up particularly, since it's not the highest alcohol beer I've had recently, yet I'm picking up on the alcohol flavor and character more here than in some other, higher alcohol beers). A warm, inviting, comforting sort of beer (which I know is not exactly what Stone would want to hear about this beer, but there it is . . . ).


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