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RATINGS: 3680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2003
What more can be said about this beer, it"s simply awesome. Dark, complex, strong, delicious

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 Poured with a huge frothy head atop a vibrant amber colored body. Aroma of malt, hops, alcohol, and a variety of fruits. Flavor was robust, with huge hops, malt, and some subtle notes of what I taste as grapefruit, orange peel, and pear. Dry, bitter and sophisticated. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2002: Sweet sugar plums dance from an off white head that rests atop a deep garnet body. Hints of brown sugar and and raisins entice the taste buds to dive in futher and just when you reach the edge of sweetness, hops mix with some spice. . . then, just as you feel you may have this one figured out, the alcohol slams you in the face and reminds you who is in charge. . . The Double Bastard. . .then you wonder - is that so bad?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 On tap
Dark body with a thick, everlasting tan head.
Aroma was of sweet malt and a hint of alcohol.
Taste was intially a sweet, wort like taste that finishes with a big hops bite.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Deep red pour, with a big beige head that laces all the way to the end. Aroma fills the room with citrus and hops, much like the IPA and Ruination do, but a little stronger. Light caramel is present initally, followed by a hops onslaught that never seems to let up. Truly a fantastic brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003 An exceptional dark amber ale fully of character and a striking amount of hops. ’This is an aggressive’ beer says the label, and I"ll vouch that it doesn"t lie. I had this beer on tap several weeks back and really enjoyed it but found that it was surprinsingly close to Mac & Jacks African Amber Ale. Being able to sit back and relax with a bottle in hand and the time and place to actually take some better notes to review it, I"m guessing my notes were wrong, or I was poured the wrong beer. (As such, I"ve resubmitted my review for this beer). From the bottle, Arrogant Bastard doesn"t look, smell or taste like Mac & Jacks, it"s far superior. AB pours a deep reddish hue with a big white rocky head. Glass lacing is extensive. Aroma wise, this one carries a very enjoyable hoppy kick, hints of fruit, and complex malts. It doesn"t carry the pine hit that the Ruination IPA offers, which helps to make this a much more rounded ale which can be savored in more than one serving per sitting. On the palette, the hops and malts are creatively balanced, providing hints of fruit, toasted malts and a slight peppery smokiness to it. Despite its edgy hoppiness, the malt factor kicks in to really make this an exceptionally well rounded ale that can be enjoyed again and again. Great balance worth a closer look for those who have yet to venture into the grip of the Arrogant Bastard. (ADDENDUM: 12/27/02 I had the opportunity to visit a place called Fogg & Suds on the outskirts of Vancouver, BC the other day, and to my astonishment this place is ’trying’ to fetch $30.00cdn for a bottle of this stuff. Buyer beware. Arrogant Bastard is great stuff, but it should be obtainable for less than 1/3 the price being asked for here.) <sigh>

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
1/3/03: on tap. dark red color. strong flavors. hoppy and a little bit sweet. a fuller taste than double bastard. i like this beer so much better on tap than from the bottle. excellent label.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Very dark color, lots of aroma, lots of flavor. Man this was good. A bit heavy and strong to have one after the other, but savoring one on occasion is a definite must.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
best part of my trip to las vegas was finding this beer there.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Pours a brilliant deep red/garnet color with little, but persistent, head. The aroma is strong as hell, but just fantastic. Hoppy (pine, citrus, perfume) with sweet malt (peaches, apricot, caramel, vanilla). The flavor is almost equally as good, but not quite. A long, warming finish with plenty of bitterness. A great beer indeed.


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