HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber color with good head and lacing. Malt and pine with some citrus in the nose. Big pine bitterness hits you first and than a nice malt back ground. Lots of lingering bitterness. Good beer.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Red pour, big white head. Lots of caramel sweetness, with grapefruit hops. Sweet malty backbone but lots of citrus and floral hops to balance it.
GonZoBeeR (3042) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flavor:Big flavor of pineapple,good carramel a hops flavor....
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy ruby-brown, almost opaque. Has a lacy tan head. the smell is big brown malt, caramel. Hints of hops and spice in equal amounts.
Wow. Big malt but a very very hoppy taste comes right after. Wouldn’t have expected it to be this big from the aroma. Very full bodied malt with an extremely assertive hops profile. It would sound like this beer is just a one-dimensional big beer but it’s actually very well balanced and complex. There are alot of strong flaovors in here (sweet malt, caramel, hops and spice) and they all complement each other wonderfully. On top of all that, it’s just one ass-kicker of a beer, in ABV and big taste. I am always suspicious of "gimmicky" ad campaigns but Arrogant Bastard is a perfect name for this brew. Lives up to the hype.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Au Spirit Haus, MA. Très corpulente. Houblon très présent. Cerises, alcool, malt, caramel, chocolat. Très spéciale. Vraiment excellente. Mousse généreuse.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great, hulking, massive beer that my friends and I split three ways. It is complex and has a wonderfully elusive palate that hits ya hard. I thought it was yum.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2005 22oz bottle. Served at 53.5 degrees in my NB worthy glass. Pours crimson red with a cream colored head. The head laces and there are plenty of tears when the beer is swirled. The aroma is malty, with some bright hop notes. The tasty is initially malty, almost brown sugar caramelly followed by a piney hops flavor, with some good bitterness, not too much, but you certainly know it’s there. The mouthfeel is pretty full for this type of beer. It is good, but not great, a bit of a dissapointment so far. I have tried to update my rating twice tonight, but the site is giving me the shaft, so I will write this addentum for the third time. Tasted at 63.5°. The hops are more in the mix in the aroma, it is much better at this temp. The flavor is nicer, too, it is almost more like a bigfootish-barley wine. Lots o’ malt and plenty o’ hops. +1 on aroma, flavor, and overall.
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red with hints of brown, with a crown of mocha colored lace that puffed back up to a solid head after only a swirl. For a relatively old sample (bought ~10 months ago), the smell was quite fresh. Sugary and resinous hop aromas made me think of a cross between a Barleywine and a Scotch ale.
It came down like an easy drinking Barleywine, too, having the complexities I like, but with restrained cloyness and not too boozy. It’s malty, chewy and has a light, almost crack caramel flavor. The aftertaste is an interesting amalgam of sensations on my tongue; it’s candi sweet on the tip, the bitterness bites you on the sides and on the gums, and the back is bone dry. Nothing takes command, nothing overpowers, no nerve endings get scrambled. I’ve scarcely encountered an american Beer over 7% with this much balance. I’d call it a "complete" Beer.
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Sampled at Peculier Pub, N.Y.
Red-ish colour. Piney, citrusy nose. Big hop profile but with the malt very present. Full mouthfeel. Notes of apples, oranges and caramel. Little roasted as well. Big dry finish.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, with just a bit malty sweetness. Taste is bitter, aromatic, flowery, with just enough body to make this beer . . well, a very good bastard