goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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>
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
best part of my trip to las vegas was finding this beer there.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 this ostentacious bastard sprang forth, a vivacious tawny torrent of lightly cloudy liquid bravado. the cashew colored head muscled through a quick and elegant kata of fluffy foam, then stepped aside as if gunfighters were approaching. then we went nose to nose, the arrogant one and i. the aroma struck fast--i’d scarcely lifted the glass--and slapped me with a blast of mango rich hop resin, linzertort and brandy, all raw and ready to flambé. i shook off the blow and sniffed again, but sinuous undulating notes of orange pekoe and hemlock sap left me reeling-- and yet strangely euphoric--like i’d been packed in a barrel of hop flavored massage oil with sandra bullock and rolled down a steep slope. i managed a sip, but again lost my footing as a huge caramel sweetness blew past my left and chattering tangy hops dragged their claws down my right. diminutive stars and cartoon tweety birds circled my head as a fogbank of alcohol descended on the part of my cerebellum associated with random cognitive recall, like what planet i currently reside upon. still flailing helplessly, the hops sprang on me again and bit me like a rabid wolverine launched from a catapult! texas ruby grapefruit on the tongue, a radiant buzz and a grin were what remained of my senses... i was pummeled and wasted by this encounter, yet blithely i still consider myself the winner. hic.
JPDIPSO (5100) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice copper color with a modest light tan head that clings to the side of the glass as you partake. Orange citrus aroma with a hint of malt. Sharp, somewhat citric, with a touch floral hops bite starts and carries throughout the quaff. After that the malt comes to play and play it does. Smooth caramel, toffee, mocha, and a bit doughy - just outstanding. So few brewers understand the true importance of quality malts and hops. Slightly warming towards the finish. This is one of the few "heavyweight" brews that could be my everyday choice. Unfortunately, I have to send away to get this one on my porch step. Thanks Mr. AB for producing this quality quaff.
Dauber810 (20) - USA - DEC 30, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Money. This beer has excellent malting, with a nice bit of bitterness. Just excellent flavor. Starts off a bitter and and finishes smooth. One of the best ales I’ve ever had. Nobody is worthy.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 BAM! Bitter hops that make your writhe in pain are the first impression that you get while drinking this. This is one mean beer. It's rich red in color with a thick fluffy head. The hops are so hard that they hurt. As a warning - do NOT drink this after another beer. Make sure that your pallette is clean. This is liquid bread. If you like hopped-up American ales, then this is for you. This is king. If you prefer maltier, smoother tastes, then you will probably hate this. Despite the hard-hitting initial taste, it finishes off with a fair fruity/malty taste. Definately not for the weak.