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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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPABevyGuy (67) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a slightly cloudy amber with an off white head. Smells hopy, earthy and malty. Nice malt body with hints of vanilla and caramel, followed by a slight floral/pine taste, then finishes cleanly with a citrus taste. Hop level is medium-high. Great well rounded beer, if you?re into malty beers with some nice hops behind it this is a great choice.


3.7
Erzengel (9751) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2018
2015er version, many thanks to Werckmeister for organising this bottle! Smooth mild floral intense beginning. Fruity, warming and malty grainy. Pine, malt, warming floral. Round and fresh, smooth, sticky but still sessionable! Great stuff!

4
CraftBeerNick (2975) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2018
2015 Bottle at home, shared with the Beast, 13th January 18. Pours dark mahogany brown, not much head. Aroma is cararmel, dark fruit and malt. Taste is complex, bitter and sweet, loads of malt, caramel and older hops, giving some great bitterness still. Reminded us both of Brewdog Hardcore a little, with more malt. Not overly sweet and a great beer, that drank below the 11.0 ABV.

3
rand (1920) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2018
Dress garnet speckled by yeast, clear tobacco of East foam. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel and the litany of US hops in all their magnificence. Powerful taste, doesn't exactly have a gentle touch, bitter size above XXL. There is burnt, astringency, cough syrup, candied fruits, overdosed alcohol, pharmaceutical fluid. A little too much, you sait arrogant ..

4.4
snowcrash000 (99) - Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2018
Pours a deep, dark amber coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt, toffee, red berries citrus and pine. Taste follows the nose, with a caramel, biscuity malt backbone and some toffee, chocolate and red berries, complemented by hoppy notes of citrus and pine. This really is an Imperial Arrogant Bastard, which really piles on the malt, without losing much of the hops. Depth of flavor seems more intense compared to normal AB, especially when it comes to the malt presence and fruitiness. Hop profile seems a little more mellow, although there still is considerate piney bitterness (this may be due to the 26 months old bottle). The higher ABV is noticeable as a slight, warming presence, but there really is no unpleasant boozyness to this at all. What really needs to be highlighted compared to normal AB is the thick, smooth mouthfeel, which is absolutely sublime.

3.5
Nische (2661) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2017
2009 vintage, tap at Stone Berlin. Pours clear, deep amber with a small, beige head. A little bit of cardboard, loads of caramel. Still sticky and resinous. Well aged and well hidden ABV.

4.3
HighlanderOne (1393) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2017
AROMA - burnt caramel and malt APPEARANCE - solid mahogany with lacing. TASTE - burnt caramel, toffee, marshmallow, nut, plum, roasted malt, hops, spice, oats. PALATE - big and bold, boozy in back. OVERALL - I would buy again

3.5
biir (1681) - Berlin, - NOV 18, 2017
Tap at Stone Berlin - as 2009 Double Bastard - clear brown color, small white head. taste is caramell, cognac, full malt bomb, sweetish, bitter finish. a very nice sipper. well aged. like a fine spirit. beautiful. alcohol well hidden.

4
Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Mar 2008 his one pours a clear red with a 1 finger head of foam which shrinks during the session to a fine layer with lots of lacing. The smell is very malty with lots of caramel. Nice. There's also a fairly faint, compared to the malt, nose of hops. The taste has notes of caramel malt up front followed by some fruit(black cherry), and citrus and piney hops and a pretty big dose of alcohol. Lots of warming during and after the swallow. The more sips I take, the less I notice the alcohol and now I'm able to really start focusing on the flavours and man, it's so tasty and so well balanced that I don't want the bottle's contents to leave. *Very* nice sipping Strong Ale and with its creamy smooth mouthfeel and nicely done light carbonation, this is certainly a great brew worthy of its reputation. Highly recommended.

3.4
daje (4548) - NORWAY - NOV 6, 2017
3 liter Bottle at the Aaahhh...øl!!! Julebord 2016. Dark orange body with a small head. Aroma of raisin, ashes, orange. Taste is bitter, grassy, with tangerine, pulp, hay. Very on the grassy side, though an enjoyable beer.

4.1
Antonio369 (246) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2017
65 cl bottle, served in a snifter. Poured hazy amber with a light tan three finger head. Aroma: candy, overripe banana, pineapple, caramel. Taste: toffee, butterscotch, cotton candy, overripe banana, pineapple, raisins, ginger, vanilla, spices, christmas cake, raisin bread, roasted nuts, cloves. Thick and quite spicy mouthfeel. Medium to full body with a very nice more bitter than sweet finish. Also a lingering gingery spiciness in the long finish. Alcohol nicely hidden. Tastes like a barley wine, especially 'Bommen en Granaten' by 'De Molen' is almost identical to this. But a really fantastic brew on its own! Really enjoying this...


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