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RATINGS: 2600   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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chris__hartley (437) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2017
It pours murky ruby with crimson tinges; the head is tan and mousse-like. The aroma has notes of: grapefruit pith, fresh cut grass, pine resin, celery, toffee, alcohol, pepper, and licorice. The taste is lightly sweet that finishes fucking bitter.The palate is full bodied, and slightly sticky; the carbonation is medium; the finish is long and bitter. Overall, this beer is pretty dang American - insert edgy political humour.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beer_queue (124) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Bottled 10/12/16. Pours hazy, dark brown with a thick, fluffy beige head. Tons of fruits in the aroma (dates, figs, tangerines, & plums); some floral hops in the mix as well. Flavors arrive similarly with dark fruits leading; caramel & hops following behind. Actually finishes with an peppery, chalky bitterness along with booze. And that finish is the part where it falls off. Its got that medicinal (Theraflu) bitterness. Aftertaste is harsh & uninviting, much like Arrogant Bastard. Warms up with less bitterness but also becomes much more astringent & solvent-like with booze. It aint a drain pour but certainly not the best in its price range either.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ArtificialCyst (879) - Szczecin, POLAND - JAN 30, 2017
Bottle from Elysium. Aroma: Nice caramel, dried fruits and American hops, very intensive and rich. Appearance: Brownish body with low head. Taste: Sweet and bitter, lots of caramel, dried fruit, hoppy notes, very high short biterness. Palate: Semi-dry finish, high body, low carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
hamtaro (12) - - JAN 15, 2017
I thought it will be better.. what I remember the most was the taste of alcohol.. I bought it for bitterness but I was disappointed

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2017
650ml bottle from Elizabeth Station at Ilyas. Bottled on 2016-10-13. Pours an opaque copper with a beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, candied citruses, sweet. Taste is the same. Moderate bitterness, low to moderaye sweetness. Hoppy and boozy bitterness aftertaste. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (339) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Bomber. Delicious malty, hoppy aroma. Beautiful copper color, white head that lingers for a while. Little lacing, but understandable given alcohol content. Smooth hop flavor. Bitter aftertaste but pleasant. Full bodied. Overall a delicious beer, but strong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1610) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 3, 2017
Hazy, deep amber to red colored, medium- beige creamy head, nice lasting. Aroma is of caramel, malt, dried fruits, some hard candy, orange, floral and citrus hops. Taste is medium+ sweet malt, caramel, orange hard candy, dried fruit, light chocolate, floral, citrus and fruity moderate notes, medium+ bitterness, dry finish. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, oily-sticky. Probably waited too long to get the most out of it but still very nice! (bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonshawn (1139) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2016 Tap at brewery in Escondido. 2004 version. Murky light mahogany with medium white head. Aroma is raisin, alcohol, and sweet feel. Sharp bite of sugar, alcohol, raisin, some tartness. Powerful beer with good complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (773) - POLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Potężne i absorbujące. Nawet nie wiem czy to się przyjemnie pije, ale to piwo robi kolosalne wrażenie. Potęga słodowej bazy, potęga chmielowych aromatw i potęga monstrualnej goryczki. Zupełnie niezbalansowane ale w tym szaleństwie jest metoda - z chęcią skosztowałbym jakiegoś barrel ageda :)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlong1965 (12) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Huge malty beer with the hops to back it up. Pine and pepper with malt no roast but a tad breads and toast. Great rich mouthfeel and an everlasting malty finish.


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