StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice brown / reddish tinge with a graying head that’s bubbly and foamy. Aroma is pineapple, mango, melon and grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. Wafts of amaretto, greasy potato chips and bubble gum also surface from time to time. Okay, let’s party. Hops and grapefruit flavors come out swinging. Honey suckle and rose. Damn this is tasty. Hops infusion is a welcomed intrusion. Dry scratchiness, like sandpaper on the palate. More malt presence than Ruination, adding some maple and honey sweetening for a solid malt backbone. Finish is rum raison and rose herbal tea. Yeah! Good f*cking beer. Thanks, tpkenned!
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice red body with an off-white head. Nice foamy head. Good amount of hop in the aroma. The taste contains a bunch of different hop attributes, citrusy, piney. The hop taste comes on strong, but tasty. Very good brew.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppy and malted aroma, very dark almost off brown,maybe dark cherry color, creamy head. As an ale it definitely was a surprise as the malt seems to offset the hops just enought to balance it to just enough bite. I really enjoyed it.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to firemoose15 for bringing the bottle to the impromptu tasting, smell is hoppy with an odd malty aroma, deep cloudy brown with a beautiful cream colored head that never fades away. the sweet malts fade away and give way to a slightly bitter hop tail. i am accustomed to it being the opposite so this was definitely a different drink. a nice full body and a smooth mouthfeel are quite nice. thanks melvin.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 What can I say that the previous 835 raters have not? This pours a deep red amber with a head that sticks around but good with sticky thick lacing. It features aromas of bitter hops and touches of dark malts. The palatte is smooth, yeilding a dark, malty (not raosty) flavor that shows great balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. The alcohol level is not astronomical, but even so, it is hidden well. The finish is long, dry and bitter, just the way I like it. It has been awhile since I had this and it was nice try it again for this rating. Well done.
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 (3051) - 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.