EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
for me, about as over the top as it gets.
the hops with this one stick with you for minutes after each sip.
other than the intense taste and full body, there is not a huge alcohol taste to back up the 10%abv.
maltiness appears in the form of a huge body rather than sweetness, or grainy tastes. that i suppose is my only beef with it, not well balanced or pleasurable enough to warrant its price or rarity.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. It pours a rather clear ruby red colour with a big, slightly off-white head. Sweet, cookie and molasses aroma mixed with notes of nuts and dark fruits. Initially it tastes sweet, caramelly and heavily malty. Then, even more so as the beer warms up, cocoa and molasses come to the forefront, and some hints of dark fruits, especially plums. Ends pretty bitter, and the bitterness lingers, but the finish is also quite sweet. It´s between medium- and full-bodied, and has a somewhat smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is well-hidden. I actually expected something more extreme and bitter, but found the bitterness not over-whelming, working rather nicely together with the rest of the flavours and characteristics of this beer. Thanks to saarlander for this one.
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great big brotha beer of the Arrogan Bastard. This 100+ IBU beer is heavilty malty and excellently balanced. Fruity (dates, raisins) in taste and finishes with a mild to medium bitter hops bite.
Get this in the 3L bottle. That’s the best way to drink it.
presario (4877) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. Cloudy chocolate-copper. Lasting thin caramel head. Pervasive aroma of sharp hops and caramel/toffee malt. Flavours of hops, malt and alcohol. Very smooth and not overly thick. Enjoyable to roll around the tongue and savour. I did not find it shocking but perhaps after the Arrogant brother and 100s of beers I should not expect it to be so. Thanks to Kujo9 my 2004 Secret Santa.
mjg74 (2787) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. Pours a lovely light burgundy color. Aroma is a little sweet and fruity. Malts, prunes and some fig. Alcohol aroma is present. Flavor is lots of hops and malts. Plum and a little roasted quality. Finish is a hoppy bitterness along with a touch of alcohol. Good stuff.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was let down with this beer. 2004 vintage. Definitely has the dark frutiy flavors coming though. Like berrand rugby said, plums, raisons, malt/caramel. A great beer, but I expected more. I could taste the alchy more then I hoped for. Call me a bastard for not raving about it, but it is a good beer that I was just hoping for more out of.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2004 vintage. darker amber...thin brown head, good lacing. Full ,round, and shifting in nuances...candied dark fruits; plum, raison, dates...rum cake...flavors sharing and changing in the palate. initially the malt flavor characteristics are spotlighted, but then....the bastard let’s loose the dogs of hops! going to battle to balance the malt flavors the hops give dryness, slight oilyness...piney, bitter! mmmm....It all ends with a very round very fully even slightly alcoholic end. This is a wonderful beer to drink slowly and apreciate. Really good.
jtw (1139) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
huge hoppy pineapple aroma. nice amber caramel color. tons of everything in this beer. huge malt, huge hops--very balanced despite all the alcohol. pretty good.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This a big beer, but damn good. The aroma is incredibly strong with a battle between citrusy and piney hops. The flavour is actually about as balanced asa beer this big could be. It starts off with some sticky sweet caramel maltiness and then a huge hop crunch with orangey/pine flavours. The mouthfeel is wonderfully resiny and oily. I wish I had more than 1 bottle.
thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I LOVE THIS BEER. Forget a review...listen to this. The bay area (S.F.) had a shortage. I wanted this so bad this year. Every Bev and Mo. was sold out. Stone gave me the distributer’s number, but he was sold out. every store on his list was sold out. So i called Beer of the month...Son of a gun...they had plenty. They shipped up 6. I paid the $10+ shipping and got ripped. It was a happy day