Sammy (11076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2004 Real hoppy,
lively. Fun before dinner as tad bitter and dry aftertaste. Citrus and
spice. Cannot finish by myself. Two or three on this bottle. Beer to
have once a month but cannot find in Ontario. Redish brown with foamy
head. Had also on tapp at Blue Tusk and works.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 22 oz. bottle: deep ruby color. smelled like sour apples, and hops. huge beer. pure joy. Very complex taste, all of the different flavors hit you at a different time in the sip. VERY drinkable for a well worked in palate. Smoothe in the mouth, and it goes down fruity and hoppy. Fruits galore with every sip, you feel like you notice another thing about the brew each time you taste it. Really excellent brew. All the flavors blend really well together. pure bliss in a tulip glass
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap (5/03/04): Pours nicely, with a nice tan head, that is slightly diminishing. Aroma: urinal pucks (my friend came up with that, right on), not in a bad way, raspberries, strawberries, mint. Flavor: grass, alcohol, hops, bitter raspberry, strawberry. Finish: bitter, hard to describe, berries, alcohol. Will try again.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am not sure why this one is so hyped, probably the graphic and relative difficulty to obtain a bottle.
Its solid for the style, but not one that would motivate me to the liquor store...
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 (1289) - 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 (1380) - 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.