hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Release. This beer formed a small sized creamy and smooth ivory head with fine-large sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was somewhat transparent and softly carbonated with a brown hue. The nose was sweet, notes of alcohol and hops. The flavor was hoppy and of alcohol with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer had a burning sensation to it. I definitely could feel the affects of the 10%ABV of this beer after a bit. This beer had very sparse lacing.
thedm (5002) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled 2003 release of this brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized light brown colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a good lace and mounted a semi-transparent brown colored carbonated body. The aroma was only mildly hoppy as was unexpected given the usual rating on this brew. The mouthfeel is burning vinuous caramel hops from start to a mildly lingering finish. It wakes you up with a refreshing burst of caramel hop flavor that begs you to take another sip of tha almighty arrogant one. The alcohol contnet of this monster is notable after just a few sips as it comes on strongly. Easily drinkable though and suprisingly milder that expected.
heykevin (1280) - 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 (2524) - New Jersey, USA - 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 (12072) - 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 (2612) - 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.