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RATINGS: 2547   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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3.5
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2012
Bottle, released in 2007. Nice amber color with a beige/yellowish head. Malty vinous aroma, figs, some other fruits, leather notes, some caramel. Hoppy vinous flavor, alcohol, grass, roasted, caramel. A bit too much alcohol.

3.8
Oakes (18828) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2002
Light reddish-brown; aroma of dying embers, toffee, cherry cheesecake, earthy hops; this is thick! thick! thick!. Similar flavour profile to Bastard but a lot bigger; dry finish with the highest Lovibond crystal malts involved.

4
chrisv10 (18497) - DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle, 11.2% 2012 version. Clear dark amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, toasted and hop. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, toasted, wood, little toffee, little dark fruit, oak, medium sweet and quite bitter.

3.7
TBone (18223) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Bottled 660ml (Beer Hunters, 2011 release)
Ruby-brown color, tiny off-white head. Dark bready, citrusy, hoppy, salty and salt licorice aroma. Medium to full bodied. Licoricey, salty, bready flavor. Then excessive bitterness, spices and citrus in the aftertaste. Ultimate bitterness. For slow drinking.

3.9
jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Draft. Pours reddish amber with tan head. Nose and taste of caramel malt, toffee melt and resin hops. Alcohol in finish. Medium body.

4.1
yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, 22oz. A reddish golden beer with a slight haze. Dense, beige head of low height. Quite intense aroma with lots of sweetish maltyness, beefstock, caramel, piney and resiny hops, and some alcohol. Maybe a bit too sweet on the palate, with a lasting alcohol warmth, but there’s enough hops to justice it. Piney, resiny bitterness with a citrusy touch. Sweet and bitter finish. A big, bold beer, but very satisfying. (080811)

3.8
FatPhil (17078) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2015 660ml bottle (BierKompass.de) 2012 release, drunk 2015/01
Very nice barley wine aroma, sweet caramelly malts. Perfumey, but nice. Full smooth sweet palate. Massive malty palate. Nice bitter hops. Dang, this is a good barleywine. Love the balance of the hops and the malts, both components are very assertive, but not over-the-top. Drying palate makes me thirsty for more, which is a good sign.

3.7
Benzai (16682) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Hazy dark orange / amber color, small white head. Smell hop, some bitter and somehow a lot of wood. Taste pine and wood. Good carbo, full body.

3.9
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
2009 bottle. A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a lot of red notes to it. The head is about a finger’s worth of cream colored foam. S: The nose has a nice sweet caramel, toffee, and fruit background. A lot of raisins and oranges, and a touch of floral hops. T: The flavor is very interesting and while it has the trademark Stone hoppiness, there’s a lot more going on. The flavor starts off very sweet with caramel, toffee and perhaps even butterscotch. The raisins and oranges again make an appearance in the middle and are followed by a bitter, piney finish. The biggest flaw is that the beer is a bit hot. M: The body is fantastic. Very full with an almost chewy texture and a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry. D: As I mentioned before, the biggest flaw with this beer is the alcohol presence. And as the glass warms up, it comes out a bit more. This is a big, big beer, and one you can’t drink too much of in a sitting.

3.9
Ferris (16499) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle - Malty caramel sweetness with a bit of earthy hops. Clear copper with a decent white head. Bitter sweet malty notes, more like an american barley wine. Another nice showing.


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