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RATINGS: 2623   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
A vertical tasting of vintages 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008. The 2003 and 2008 were sampled together, and the 2004 and 2006 were sampled the following evenings. Vintage 2008 bottled on on 9/12/08. Pours dark amber with a ruby hue. Clear body with a half inch head of off white. Some light rings of lacework after the short head fell, and a partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration. Aromatics lead off with jammy malt, red and tropical fruits, and warming alcohol. Peaches, apricots and melons lead the way for shadows of red grapes, cherries, and bourbon-spiked honey. Sweetish and quite juicy. On the thick side of medium bodied. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel. A bit light on the carbonation. Sweet crystle malt, ripe fruit, fresh caramel, and a resinous bitterness start the palate. Warming alcohol steps forward as well as hints of caramel-candied apple, spruce dew, and candied figs. Finishes with a lingering warmth, sustaining bitterness, and drawn-out sweet fruit. A classic American strong ale that dances along the lines of a Barleywine. Next up, a mini vertical with an aged example. Vintage 2003: Pours cloudy, dark amber, with a half inch head of off white. A slow retreat revealed some spongy lacework and a few whisps on the placid surface. Aromatics are heavy on the malt, with lots of wet leather, rotting cedar, wet paper, and Sherry. Very earthy and oxidized. Hops are not to be found, and the nose rounds out with hints of cocoa, cardboard, and dried earth. Medium bodied, but very syrupy and chewy. A slick, tacky mouthfeel with subdued carbonation. Stale malt, wet and dusty boards, worn leather, and earth-dusted chipped toffee start the palate. Oxidized Sherry steps forward as well as a warming boozy note and tannic caramel. Finishes with a lingering dried earth note, dusty leather, stale malt, and old wood tinders. Not a fan of the five year old DB. Side by side with the 2008 freshie: Wow, I wouldnt believe that they were the same beer unless I poured it myself. The freshie is cleaner, infinately hoppier all around, and much brighter. The peaches and apricots really shine though when sided with the oldster DB. Vintage 2004 Pours clear, dark amber with a two inch head of off white. Retention is moderate and theres some decent lacing after the fall. Aromatics lead off with ripe, red fruits, sweet malt, and alcohol. Significantly more boozy than the 2003 or 2008. Slightly vineous with hints of bourbon fusels, cherries, figs, and sherry. On the thick side of medium bodied. Slightly syrupy and plenty slick. Dark fruits, cherry-infused malt, and bourbon-spiked toffee start the palate. A mild throat burn quickly steps forward as well as a peppery warmth. Finishes with lingering alcohol, sweet malt, and fading red fruits. Hardly a trace of oxidation in the 2004, which makes it pretty amazing how quickly this beer goes off the deep end. Looks like four years in the cellar is the max for a Double Bastard. Vintage 2006 Pours murky dark amber, with a one inch head of off white. A partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration, along with some spotty lacework. Aromatics lead off with dry, papery malt, caramel, toffee, earthy cedar, and a trace of cocoa. Warming alcohol follows through along with wet cardboard. On the thick side of medium bodied and chewy. A creamy and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Drying malt, caramel dust, and hints of cocoa, nougat, and wet boards start the palate. Dark fruits, warming alcohol, and an approachable biterness follow through. Finishes with lingering cardboard-infused malt, stale chocolate, and a drying bitterness. Concensus: The 2004 was remarkable and somehow far superior to the 2006. Zero oxidation and was clearer in the glass. Id like to think that the perfect amount of time for DB in the cellar is four years if you use the 2004 as a benchmark. The 2006 disproves this though. Vintages in order of best to worst: 2008 2004 2006 2003 Note: All were stored in the cellar on thier sides for the duration, and the 2006 was very close to the 2003 in last place.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (5643) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2017
26.05.2017, tap @ Apollon:
Nice light amber slightly fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is sweet concentrated grassy, sugar, sap, minerals, grass, caramel malts, leafs, hops, hay, alcohol, moss, citrus peel. Taste is sweet concentrated grassy, leafs, sap, sugar, wet grass, wet hops, minerals, hay, bark, alcohol, "knekk", citrus peel, moss. Longlasting bitterness, slightly dry and harsh grassy mouthfeel. Nice enough.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 26, 2017
Bottle at home in front of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Pours a very attractive deep Red/Amber with a cream coloured head. Quite intense aroma of toffee with perhaps a little pine on the edges. Flavour is extremely in your face. Caramel and booze. First impression is sweet but thaat quickly subsides to bitter. The booze has an immediate warming effect on your chest. A huge beer with a lot going on. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlennHendry (422) - OSHAWA, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2017
Big toffee blast on the nose. Caramel, dark fruit (plum; maybe a bit of figgy pudding too), and more toffee. Piney hops, roasted malts. Excellent sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1419) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 21, 2017
600ml bottle served in a snifter glass. 2016 Edition. Enjoyed at "Au Coin Mousse - Geneva". Pours a dark and cloudy amber color forming a medium tan head with medium retention and some molasses lacings formed and left in the glass. Strong notes of caramel and oak in the nose. Dark dry fruits, honey, hazelnut, apricot and roasted malts. Grassy hops. Taste is slightly sweet in upfront, becoming quickly roasted and bitter. Strong notes of caramel, dark dry fruits, honey, nuts, roasted malts. String hops bitterness kick. Great bittersweet balance. Heavy body. Medium carbonation. Caramel and grassy hops in the aftertaste. Great drinkability. American classic.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jakeskia (13) - Kanata, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2017
A nice complex beer, while strong is easily approachable. Notes of molasses, honey, cereal, raisin, fig compote, apricot, chocolate, hazelnut, coffee and baking spice. Nice and creamy on the palate a true example of one of the best craft brews out of the USA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jyrsa (797) - - MAY 12, 2017
Tap @ MBCC. The 2006 year. Clear copper. Herbs, caramel, malt body. Herbal with loads of caramel, some nuts. Nice structured body with long herbal finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarfeD (3382) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2017
660ml bottle shared at home. Hazy dark orange with a medium white soapy head. Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation. Quite some bitterness with subtle fruity sweetness. Pine, malts, caramel, citrus and tropical fruits. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dzudohonor (68) - POLAND - MAY 4, 2017
Bardzo, wręcz agresywnie nachmielone , bardzo słodowe, sporo karmelu, biszkoptowe, rodzynkowe, pomarańcze, żywica, kandyzowane owoce, dochodza lekkie nuty herbaciane, może ziołowe. Piwo bezkompromisowe i potężne.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (910) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2017
On keg at Hanging Bat (27/04/17). Pours clear deep amber red. Nose of madeira, molasses, toffee cake, raisins, cherries, parmaviolets. Taste is boozy, oak, resin, super hoppy, earthy notes, complex, long finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dambor (620) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 28, 2017
Pours ruby red with medium head. Aroma: caramel aroma nicely counterbalanced with hops. Taste: caramel, dried fruit and lots of hops. Nice.


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