RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
What this beer lacks in finesse, it partly makes up for in power. Strong hop bitterness is offset by some maltiness, but it is not very sweet. Not bad.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve always wanted to try this and thanks to Ross my wish has come to true. Poured into my Chimay glass it almost looks like a fine trappist ale with it’s rich dark amber color and off-white creamy head. The aroma is of earthy resinous hops and a big abundance of caramel malt. What the aroma lacks the taste brings. This is quite the complex lil’ bastard that I behold in my glass. The taste is of earthy hops, caramel malt and in the finish notes of dark fruit and a bit of candied sugar visit this bastard. The carbonation is moderate and allows for a creamy easy drinking brew. Slightly dry in the finish with an alcohol warmth as the beer comes to temperature.
sausage86 (27) - USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle with a very intimidating name. I found this in a God-forgotten liquor store in central Utah (don’t ask why). This beer was featured on Diggnation, so I was very excited to try it (kinda; Kevin Rose hated this). First sip was like a punch in the crotch; clearly, something has gone wrong in this brew. However, the subsequent tests proved that I was wrong. The flavor is like nothing else; its sweet and malty, and it took me a couple of ounces to figure it out. Very complex flavor, each sip is a separate experience. Not very carbonated. A very unique beer. High alcohol content, I was buzzed after drinking the whole bottle.
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au Atlantic City Beer Festival 2007 (Atlantic City, NJ). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et d’houblons fruités. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée brunâtre. Présence d’un mince col beige avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de tabac. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #904)
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aggressively hopped and very floral. Deep reddish brown color that caught me by suprise. Asertive taste that is, well, arrogant.... Rather bitter up front but finished with an onslaught of hoppy flavor that lasts for a while. This is the strongest beer I have ever sampled without the word "imperial" anywhere in its description. Not bad, but I have put this one off for a while because of its reputation and it is really just a decent beer.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very similar to Stone IPA, so it was very good. However, I liked the IPA better. Hoppy taste that is very complex and enjoyable. The flavor did not get boring. Light, carbonated mouthfeel.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good beer, though I was expecting more from it. Very hoppy yet pretty smooth. It’s a good beer with lots of hops!
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Pours a deep vermillion with moderate carbonation, a slight haze and capped with a full, tan head. Heavily malted nose with an alcohol presence that can’t be covered. Pepper, pine and tart citrus show in both aroma and flavor. Peaty and dry for the most part, with a heavy palate.
Agressive? Indeed. Sophisticated? Not really... it is what it is... a strong ale with heavy-handed PNWs, high IBUs and thick malts to back them up. I’d call it a DIPA. The "arrogance" implied thru its flavor-text was probably considered a sweeeeeeeet marketing technique, but it annoyed the f*ck out of me. I’ll drink this if it’s offered but I’m not going to seek it out... I’m "not worthy", don’t you know. If I truly want an arrogant bastard, I’ll call my buddy Gene.
<font size=-4>A gift from my good friend Mike out in Philly.</font>
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Brought back from CA by a friend. Malt and hop mix of an aroma. Dark orange color. Medium off white head. A mix off bitter hops and malt start it off. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice 1 finger light tan head that dissipates to a light covering, but retains to the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing. Aroma is okay...something about it is a little off for me though. Flavor is nice with grapefruit, piney hops. Somewhat sweet, moreso as it warms. Little bit of alcohol kick, but not too bad. Smooth, full mouthfeel without too much carbonation. A strong beer, it certainly gets your attention...