heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stinging hop aroma, some alcohol. Plummy brandyish sweetness in the aroma as well. Some stinging but very pleasant bitterness early, which fades into a carmelly cookie malt. I'm struck by the pleasantness of the bitterness, while it is stingingly bitter, it doesn't come off as bitter/coarse as something like old crustacean. The malt is so much more supple and firm than in the old guardian, which this vastly superior to. A touch of medicinal flavor hidden in the alcohol and hop laden flavor. I'm damn impressed, this exceeded my expectations. Thanks a ton MilkmanDan!
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a whole lotta hype on this one, but didnt really live up to th the hoopla, decent head, somewhat over-carbed,nice hops, and carmel finish, but nothing to rave over
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have a feeling when I try the Arrogant Bastard in my cellar tomorrow night, it will seem like Diet Double. Somewhere between copper and mahogoney. Moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat rocky head, off white, a little darker. Thick aroma of syrupy hoppiness. Similar to 120 Minute IPA, in fact. Not nearly as hoppy in flavor as in aroma. Smooth, fairly thick in mouthfeel. However, I wouldn't say it's an "unforgiving assault on the palate" is a bit of an overstatement. Perhaps the AB ale will be a little more crisp.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Reddish brown in color with a frothy brown head. Aroma is toffe, caramel, alcohol. Slightly sweet and thick. Warms you going down. Finish is hops and alcohol. Excellent.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh yeah! Thank you Joe and Shell for this nice Christmas tasting! Fat nose - full with hopp dolds. Dark amber color with a little head. Spicey, clove-like hoppy taste, sweet intervalls - NICE!!!
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a very dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Had an aggressive hop flavor with hints of carmel, fruit, and alcohol.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fat nose of West Coast hops (Cascade?) with some sweet aromas. Mahagony color and a lathery sticky head. Full fruity malt body resembles a barleywine and supports the overly aggressive hopping. Has a peppery sharp end. Great balance. Reminded me of Bigfoot at times. Fantastic brew.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dirty amber color. Slighty cloudy from the chill, with nice head and lacing. Aroma is barleywineish dominated by dark caramel malts. Flavor mirrors the aroma. Nice syrupy mouthfeel with lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Well done, I'll have another please.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/22/03. On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA 11/22/03. Clear, dark amber body with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin whisp and excellent lacing. Solid hop and malt aroma, very mildly sweet, surprisingly mellow and delicate compared to what comes next. Incredibly strong, bold hop and medium malt flavors, almost overwhelming but deliciously mouth-watering. Touch of alcohol power, but the finish is somewhat milder, definitely strong but easy and elegant enough to give you a break from the onslaught. Surprisingly smooth finish, very long and mostly of mature malt and subtly drying hops. Very serious assault on the senses-- not to be taken lightly-- but not to be taken too heavily either! Just an excellent beer.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate? Masochist I must be. Especially since I've managed to get in on more than one of the BIG bottles and a bomber as well. I was really expecting to be assaulted, even have he bottle waltz over and whack me. As much as I enjoyed this for all it's worth I didn't find it THAT far removed from it's "lesser" counterpart the other Bastard. Like 'em both I do.