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RATINGS: 3975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - OCT 26, 2008
Surprised I haven’t reviewed this one yet. There is an onslaught of malt, way too much malt flavor and mouthfeel, and the abv is fully on display (enough to be surprised that its only 7.2). Hops are mellow well chosen, but with this much malt and alcohol, they could have used way more of them. This beer is bold but the opposite of a San Diego hop bomb. Also, it really benefits from the fake oak aging the do on the oaked version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11896) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 bottle, thanks to skinnyviking! ar: sweet, and alc. poured clear brown. palate and mouthfeel was great. flavor is hoppy, and some citrus. comes off well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LisaR (46) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle. The Rover, Gothenburg. Surprisingly red colour with a small off-white head. Aroma: complex, sweet, dark. Flavor: Hops, sweet and toasted malt, fruits, alcohol, caramel. Maybe a bit too much alcohol in the taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5141) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bomber from Willow Bend Liquors in Lutz, FL. Pours a deep amber brown with an off-white head. Laces the heck out of the glass. Flavor is lots of malt with caramel, hop wallop, and fizzy red grapefruit. Finish ius malt, hops, and lingering grapefruit. Nice, but not my favorite.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Trappist. Pours a black cherry with a thick, foamy, can’t-get-it-off-the-glass head. Aroma of pine, ruby grapefruit, oranges, lemons. Flavor blasts of citrus hops, some grass, dry on the finish. Lingering flavor, kills the taste buds for anything else for a while.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a polished red-brown body with a thin, beige to tan head that leaves a good amount of delicate swirling on the surface and runny lacing on the glass. The aroma is initially a wave of of earthy and spicy citrus hops before it opens up and concedes to sweet, berry malts. Lots of caramel. The malts are abundant, but never smell thick or syrupy. A touch of toasted toffee. Very nice. A light booze note reminiscent of most strong ales, but definitely hidden with the berries. Much more of a sweet aroma than anything else. The flavor is no where near as sweet as I thought it would be after experiencing the aroma. Starts off with a distinct, moderate earthy hop taste that never goes away. Lots of soft malts as well initially. The berries and caramels come through more in the middle and the hop flavor starts becoming very bitter and earthy. It conitinues to grow and becomes even more bitter in the finish and even more yet during the lingering aftertaste. The intense earthy hops kind of give it a "dirty" taste...not that thats a bad thing. A nice citrus, sour grapefruit comes through as well. The caramels are both sweet and toasty. A balanced combination of the two. Not boozy at all, but has that "strong ale" taste to it in the end...but maybe thats just the intense hop bitterness that doesn’t seem to go away. Palate is medium bodied, extremely creamy and clean for such a bitter beer, and a bitter duration unlike anything I’ve ever come across. Overall, an intensely hopped beer. I mentioned it tasting dirty earlier and with a name like Arrogant Bastard, I think they picked a damn perfect name for this cavalier. Pretty cool version of a strong ale for sure. I liked it a lot, but it just didn’t rub me as much as some of the other highly hyped beers I’ve tried lately. Despite that, it was delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2009
Had this one after I have tried the oaked and the "double" version wich I both love. This was a bit of a let down though, started out too sweet and sticky and ended on a really harsh note. Still not a bad brew just came of as a bit too unbalanced for my liking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7219) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2009
Biggish beige lasting head. Deep dark red body. Strong fruity malty aroma with roasty wild berry notes. Dry-sweet malty raisiny wild berry taste with dusty roasty chocolate notes. Some alcohol, too. Full body. Sharpish mouthfeel, probably bitterness, with some alcohol heat. Dry peppery roasty toffee caramel malts aftertaste with citric notes. Very sweet. Excellent. Rather like a huge top-fermented doppelbock. The alcohol, sweet malts, and the bitterness crash together to some degree. (0.65l bottle at Olympen, Oslo.)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2009
1 pint, 6 oz. bottle@Olympen,Oslo. A mostly lasting dense yellow head upon a translucent, reddish-brown colored body. Aroma has a strong earthy, grassy and piny hoppiness, (almost) balanced by some toasted dark malts and a scent of toffee/cream-caramel. Taste is dominated by earthy and piny bittering hops. Sour- sweet maltiness underneath. Notes of citrus and spices. Mouthfeel is quite sharp, bordering to astringency. Medium body strenght. A powerful and punchy one, and certainly rough on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smashweights (29) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 1 pint 6oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/amber with a lot of thick, foamy head that holds shaping. Thick, medium body, creamy. Fairly bitter, smoky caramel flavor, strong pine/grasy hop flavor. Aroma is about the same. Finish is bitter. After having a pint on tap at Fox & Hound I thought this beer had a much better flavor, the bitterness is more appealing, body was a bit lighter. Better enough so that I had a second!


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