duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2004 (Props to Linc for giving me the chance to try this)A hop bomb. No subtle use of hops to be found here. Very sharp hoppy aroma (grapefruit/pine), with some raisins. The flavour is pretty full on, hops everywhere, quite bitter and very sharp and a bit sickly, particularly as you work your way through it, the amount of hops throws the balance out a bit. Pretty much everything i was expecting, a massive hop bomb. Did i mention it was hoppy?
RE-RATE: i like it a little better this time. Toasty raisiny caramelly malts happening, with a huge hit of piney, citric bitterness in the finish, very hoppy. A bit salty, with some boiled vegetables. Certainly is aggressive. (original rating 3.3)
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first sampling. Everything I have read is true. Very complex, although dominated by bitter hops there is much more in this beer. I wasn't sure if I was ready for this one, now I think I'm ready for another one. This is one of those beers that I may sample again in year and see what happens. My tastes keep changing though....
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 ugly ugly ugly. but sort of enjoyably so. lets loose an evil stench of munich malt, fruit, spice, and decomposing socks. i was pretty afraid after smelling it, but the beer itself approaches what you might call balance in that the malt and hops are equally stupidly overpowering, so after a few sips it's not so scary.fat munich taste + ridiculous hop spiciness and a herbal aftertaste. this is just silly, but fun. rer8: maybe this is a beer that takes some getting used to. by the end of the glass i was swilling it like altbier. the taste itself is really balanced with the big nutty darklov crystal malt and enormous vegetal hops. the aftertaste is odd, as the bitterness eventually faded i could definitely taste the "celery salt" that omhper talks about. ok tastewise this is great, BUT the aroma oh my god that is the ugliest thing i have ever smelt. i guess i'll always be a "wussie" noble hop kind of guy, but that smell - pine needles and decomposing feet - ughhhh it was UGly.
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2003
2.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I am not worthy! This beer was overrun with hop astringency. Reminded me of "Ass in the Tub" hot sauce the way my body reacted to it and I'm a hop head. This beer must be brewed with highly carbonate water. I didn't even finish one bottle. I am a loser.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Not sure where to rate this. This is one where it goes over the top... but I can't say that is bad. But I guess I take a few points off the palate, but give them back on the flavor. That pretty much sums it up.
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2009 My first impression of this beer was Grapefruit. I had nothing but the taste of Grapefruit on my tongue. Which then was overpowered by the hoppy bitter finish.
This is a very powerful beer, And yes, the bottle warned me. might not like it. And I didnít it wasnít my kind of beer, not to say it was a bad one.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful beer, hoppy fruity aroma, chewy malty (dark bread, carmel and slight coffee flavors). The finish is simply wonderful with a great hop slap in the face - I Love this beer! I'd like this with a steak. Wait, I did.
PhillyBeer2112 (2710) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Sampled 50-60 deg F in a straight sided pint glass.
A very attractive and inviting beer with a dark ruby color and firm creamy head with heavy lacing. Reminiscent of Bigfoot ale: strong caramel malt backbone topped by a ton of hops - just a different kind of hop than Bigfoot. Very piney and resiny. Malts are present, providing a syrupy body with some caramel and toffee presence, but the hops effectively mask most malt taste. A quinine type bitterness, hop flavors are tingly in the mouth, mixing with the syrupy feel in an almost unpleasant way. Maybe Iím not worthy, but I donít believe this beer is particularly great.
Rerate: not sure what was wrong the last time I had this, but this bomber (purcahsed at my local gas station here in FL, rockin!) was a fairly decent, somewhat balanced dark hoppy ale. The malts were mildly chewy, caramelized and sweet. The hops were resiny with a slight citric character. Not overly bitter. More of a balanced finish, Upgrade from the old 3.5
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An absolutely perfect beer in every way! Except for the dark brown color, it was more of an IPA then it is a brown ale, but whatever it is, it is now an instant favorite of mine! It poured from the bottle with a thick, light tan head that lasted a long time and left a lot of lacing on the side of the glass. Smelled like citrus fruit and had a hoppiness that made me happy! I was expecting a beer that was lighter in color, but it made no difference. I LOVED THIS STUFF! I also loved the arrogant comments all over the bottle, like Keep Refrigerated Numbskull!! This beer is the reason that I have tasted over 100+ beers, so that every once in a while I find one like this. ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT!!! This beer is a 5.0 in my opinion.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Original rating: Bronze body and an interesting aroma of rich crystal malts, strong, enigmatic Stone-style hops, and honeydew. Flavor is fairly hoppy but has a big fat brown sugar and cinnamon malty middle from the obnoxious malts. Full, chewy palate that becomes cloying. Every time I sample this beer, I find myself dissappointed. The thick malt qualities remind me of a double Fat Tire. Considerably less nuanced than advertised. Iím a huge Stone fan, but not so much when it comes to this beer. I guess Iím "not worthy". Stone IPA is a champion and clearly superior to this brew. Ditto for Double Bastard. For some reason I still keep coming back to the Arrogant Bastard though. 8,4,6,3,15.
Re-rate from a fresh draught pint: This is a completely different beer. Big fat fruit notes and nice, fresh hop sting balance the chewy malts wonderfully. I now realize that I probably have never had a fresh bottle. Based on the fresh draught sample, my rating goes from a 3.6 to a 4.