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RATINGS: 4016   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2005
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2005
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2005
Aroma:grapefruit,pineapple,malt caramel..... Appearance:Redish,big head.... Flavor:Big flavor of pineapple,good carramel a hops flavor....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Au Spirit Haus, MA. Très corpulente. Houblon très présent. Cerises, alcool, malt, caramel, chocolat. Très spéciale. Vraiment excellente. Mousse généreuse.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2005
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 8, 2005
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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2005
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2005
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.


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