estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby body, big tan head, sweet nose: malt with citric hops. Quite hoppy with a strong, medium-sweet malt backbone. The smack talk on the label is amusing and all that, but by today’s standards this beer isn’t that aggressive.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Garnet colored with a great big, fluffy tan head that has solid staying power and drapes the glass is brussels lace galore.
The nose is full of malt, hops, brown sugar, pepper and toffee. I was hoping for more fresh hop nose from the opinions I’d gotten from others. Maybe my bottle isn’t quite as fresh as some.
The flavor is big. Hop bitterness forward, with an acidic wang on the tip of the tongue. Then malt comes pouring forth in a tidal wave of molasses, toffe, caramel, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Crystal malt in quantity it seems, always with a vegetal, acidic hop presence. I guess I’d say this beer is 60/40 hop vs malt split with both sides of the equation off the scale!
Finish is tannic/acidic with a crisp hop bite to top it off.
For my own part, I prefer maltier beers of this class (Strong Ale/Barleywine), but the Arrogant Bastard is a solid offering and nothing to be trifled with!
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice not spictacular but nice and strong with a good heady taste u can really feel the booze as soon as ur finished half a bottle..im hgetting shitty as we speak
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am not one who usually likes an overhopped beer, but this bastard is just plain good! Gives a very nice first impression, but alcohol taste may be overwhelming for some wimps!
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 Nice amber red color, hoopy aroma and taste. After reading the bottle, i expected a much more oppressive beer, but instead found one that actually had pretty good balance. Very intense hoppiness right off the bat, but then it mellows nicely at the end. Good beer!
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
OK, no real milestone for a 650th beer but still good to be able to try one of these bastards. In Australia there is an order of the old bastard which requires every member to greet one another as one, or buy a shout. No one is arrogant here, just bastards. Anyway this bastard decided to wait until the very last beer of the night to present his credentials. Arrogant indeed given that this was the 23rd of the night. Lucky he isn't a subtle bastard as we would have thought the finesse had been bastardised by numbers 1 to 22. Looks fabulous in the glass and so it scores very well for that. It has a pine needle type of hop resin nose with a hint of caramel. The taste is quite an experience, yep sure is bitter but for my palate seems to be a little unbalanced. Slighty OTT, as is expected of one so sure of himself.
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great pour. Nice deep copper hue. Hint of hops in the smell, but a stronger taste of hops in the drink. Great aftertaste which stays long and a solid alcoholic punch. Knocked me on my ass.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can't get too far in beer life without rating the bastard eh? I really like this beer... I pretty much always have a bottle or 3 in my fridge. It pours a deep red color with an off white head of medium size. Head dissipated too quickly, and seems to leave little lacing. Pfeh, who cares, let's get to the good stuff. Aroma is pretty hoppy but strong alcohol and sweet crystal malts. Taste is much the same! The malt complexity is pretty impressive and hits right away, but with plenty of hop bitterness to keep things in line. Mouthfeel may be a touch too carbonated, but the effervensance does serve to move the flavor around quite a bit. Finishes dry and clean with a good alcohol taste and burn lingering. Great beer Greg, thanks :) (note, I've been drinking this at ~55 degrees lately, really brings out the malt tastes more, give it a shot if you're getting nothing but hops from the bastard!)
beerbrewer737 (2) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice beer. I love to drink and brew hoppy beers and this is that and more.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Pours a clear reddish brown, nice ligh brown head. A lot of hops on my first whiff, a little alcohol. Amazingly intense flavor! Hops, hops, and some alcohol. Bitterness is prevalent, but fits in with the whole picture quite well. Very strong and intense experience.