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RATINGS: 2585   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maersk (179) - MOLDOVA - OCT 16, 2016
Dark amber, clear (hop haze on the bottom of the bottle), small head. Sweet candy in the aroma. More candies in the taste along with good long lasting hoppy bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
bottle 3/17/05. Pours a very deep amber color with a large off white head. Very impressed with the nose that is filled with fruits. Very malty and extrmley hoppy. The hops are incredible and presnet in the smell and taste. The 10% alcohol cant be detected. Easily the best Stone beer that ive had but im sure they have even better for me to try.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 oh Stone, youve done it again. This is a great stronger and fuller version of arrogant bastard ale. Has similar floral aroma. with a slightly more alcohol flavor and after taste. beautiful deep amber/ cherry color. Great combo of hops and malts. only complaint is head could be longer lasting. Try this if you find it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2009
pours out murky brownish amber in color with a slow forming off white tannish head that is some what bubbly. the body is a deep mahogony some what brown amber. the aromas are in your face and i am picking up merlot grapes, roasted malts, some sugar and alcohol. there is also a decent amount of lacing forming in the glass. the taste is very smooth and reminiscent of the original brew. there is a strong comanding hoppiness all the way across the palate. it is medium bodided and a very nice amount of carbonation that has good mouth feel. and dare i say this, this brew in my opinion is a lot smoother then the original and enjoyable. i could drink this all night. also, the aftertaste is very strong and unforgiving and alcohol is very prevelent on the tongue and i feel it burn as it goes down. a really nice beer from the masters of stone brew.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Aromas of toffee, fruit, dough. Thick and chewy, this brew is huge. Alcohol is hidden by giant malts, toffee, caramel, white raisons, all sorts of good stuff. Overall, a little too much ass-whooping for me...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2010
A hop head I am not, but still I can appreciate the craftsmanship in this beer. It certainly was close to perfection in appearance and its nose was well balanced. Its persisting bitterness overwhelmed my palate and exhausted it quickly. It left a bitter, metallic aftertaste. Nevertheless, the bready, toasted, sweet malts made their presence known. This beer surely gets an A for sophistication.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abergdahl (177) - SWEDEN - APR 22, 2016
Sweet full aroma, raisins, pours slightly hazy. Nice Amber color...very full taste, raisins, figs, leather, blood, sweat.. Extra ordinary..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2009
2007 bottle consumed earlier this week. Maybe Im losing my edge, but this beer was definitely not designed to be drinkable for atleast a few years. The point of this beer seems to be a beverage that just destroys your tastebuds. Tons of malt and hops....wildly out of balance. Plenty of alcohol and bitterness. Dark fruit, alcohol and hop flavor/bitterness DOMINATE the palate. Needs way more than 2 years to mellow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2009
Well, well, well. I just bought a selection of Stone Beers and it would be an understatement to say I was highly anticipating the new experiences I was about to have. I had to dive straight in at the Double Bastard, as it was the original Arrogant Bastard that blew me away in the first place. Appearance is just lovely. Copper, amber glow, rust, and at times just red in appearance, with an off-white/tan head that has rapidly shrunk, lazy carbonation just about struggles to the surface. The aroma is very inviting, mellow but definite hops, good soft malt with abundant fruitiness backed up with ripe strawberries, an aroma similar to damp or wet concrete, orange zest and assorted citrus notes and caramel. Well the flavour is intense but remains balanced, both the alcohol and hops get you at the back of the throat rather than clogging up your palate. Theres something almost wine like about the beer, not vinous but it reminds me of the beer equivalent of a big Ozzy Shiraz, thick, dense and complex. The malts ooze over your tongue hiding inside a deceptive bitterness that unleashes itself at the last moment with an almost earthy feel to it. The hops are floral, perfumed and very tasty, there is an acridness to them but not a soapiness, and the acrid nature is not too full on as its contained deep within a coating of thick semi-sweet caramel malt. The flavour is so big Im almost at a loss to pick it apart, I almost dont even want too. Its like an experience, you have to try it to really understand it. The beer itself is somewhere between a barley wine and a double IPA, although leans more to the latter. Im going to shut up now because I dont think I have the vocabulary or even desire to capture this beast, its like meeting a wild Lion, you just have to be thankful you walked away intact, you wouldnt want to cage such a beautiful monster, allow it to be wild, untamed try not to pin it down too much or the magic is lost. Just one thing though, the palate is to die for, its like thick velvet caressing and coating your tongue and warming your throat. The only draw back is the slightly untamed alcohol which does ride quite high in the mix, but as the bottle warns: only fools dare, so I cant complain. Stone are truly Demons among men, and Im beginning to love them for it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Dark, almost opaque body topped off with light brown head. The aroma of caramel was the most dominant with a light orange scent. The flavor was a great combination of the hoppy citrus flavors that we expect from Amer. Strong Ales. There was a lot of lime, orange, and the tartness of grapefruit. On tap at Tria, Philadelphia.


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