Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Take Arrogant Bastard Ale, hold everything else constant, and double the malt. No aroma to speak of. Chocolate-caramel malt flavor, very noticeable alcohol. Very stong beer.
Marc (485) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has gotten alot better with age. Deep ruddy color and a thick oily head that left laceing all sown the glass. Lots of grain and hops in the nose along alcohol. Nearly sweet malt coats the tounge for a very thick mouthfeel with a fair amount of hop bitterness. Has lost alot of abraisiveness and remains surprizingly smooth
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I want to say that the hop bite is too strong, but there is an underlying smoothness on the bottom end that keeps me from going there. Also, the 10% ABV is hardly noticed HEY MALHEUR et al...
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one has gotten better with age. I have had a case aging for a while now and it is still great. When i had it fresh the flavor was too busy. but after aging for a while the flavors mellow together, they dont go away they just mature. very tangy with fruity esters and lots of alcohol. the hops give good fruitiness. I cant wait to open another bottle in a month.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
what the arrogance should have been. the higher alcohol works so much better than the lower levels in AB. beautiful nose, rich caramel color and outstanding flavor
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled the Oregon Brewers Festival 7/27/02. Minimal head, and a slightly cloudy brown color. Alcohol in the nose, and a bitey, tang flavor. Definately kicks butt.
firstname.lastname@example.org (3) - Glenview, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full, tangy taste. Not for the timid.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 7/3/02: First impression: Over rated, over arrogant and over priced. Having said that...it’s not a bad brew. Re-rate 11/27/04: Pours a rich cherry/mohogany color with a small light tan head. Nose is sweet with a wiff of alcohol. Flavor starts rich and barleywine sweet followed by the hop bitterness that lingers in a light orange rind aftertaste. Palate is rich and smooth. Alcohol warms the face.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a small creamy head, on a clear dark ruby body. Plum-like aroma with a lot of NW hops. Syrupy mouthfeel, big dark fruit taste that ends with an explosion of hops. You could probably age one of these for several years. The 10% in a 22OZ bottle may make this an early night for me. Thanks Gusler!
kevinconaway99 (9) - USA - JUN 12, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
damn damn damn damn....
This was quite a beer. ABA on steroids