bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm sure what to think of this one yet. It's good but the flavor changes. So far, so good, however.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a real pretty head on it. Aroma has a bit of fruitiness to it, carmel and hops. A bit of a barley wine type fruitiness to this beer but then it is a big enough beer to be a barley wine. Hop bitterness is dominant but not overly so, carmel and roasted flavor are here as well. Big hops, big malt and a high alcohol punch this is just a big big beer. Call it beer concentrate
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very nice reddish amber color.Tall foamy head.sweet malty aroma,as well as a very nice sweet fruity aroma hard to describe the fruit but it has an almost bubble gum aroma,very nice,and a definate hop presence but not overly so just the right amount.The flavor is fantastic malty sweet with a mild punch of hops,with a strong taste of what i would say is grapefruit.kind of like an intense alcohol infused can of squirt.That leaves a citrus,hop after taste that is more then pleasant but fantastic.This is one smooth brew with everything i'm looking for flavor,hops and just a total all around drinkability that i haven't run into until now.The double bastard was good but i think the arrogant bastard slightly edges it out.the taste is there the alcohol is there and they are fused in a manner that makes it very harmonious.what a trade this is the best ASA hands down.
hopjack13 (1) - California, USA - APR 9, 2003 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
hard to drink anything else once you've developed a taste for this fine hand crafted ale.makes serria nevadas pale ale taste like water.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap; brown/ruby color, citrus and hop aroma. I tasted some peach flavors before a dry somewhat bitter finish. Complex, thought it was a little too aggressive the first time I had it, but since I've come to really enjoy this.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big hop flavor. Bitter and malty flavor. I would of rated it better if it was a little more balanced in taste and finish.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 Nice dark brown. Hint of hops aroma initially. Take the first sip--POW. Hello hops. But lots of dark malt there to keep it from coming completely unglued. Excellent.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful stuff. Sharp citrusy hops with bitterness out the wazoo, big fruity complex malt. Mahogany, with beige head.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starts like a stout when cold. Caramel, raisin, slight chocolate and hops. Not much aroma when ice cold but this thing changes when it warms. Tastes more like a Dogfish Head 90 minute at the finish, pure malt and hops. Definitely a sipper and should be enjoyed like a Cuban cigar. A very complex beer and one that changes so much in a short time. Very enjoyable! I have a keg of Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard will be next.
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on 03-22-2003. I definately like the 22oz. bottle. Wow, Nice thick tan head and good lace all the way down. Deep reddish brown color. Very unique fruity odor, like maybe peaches and pears. The flavor, although difficult for me to describe, is similar to the nose. Well balanced malt and hops galore. Great mouthfeel. I cant wait to try the double. This is like a party in a bottle, yet still, I deserve better ; ]