drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 My only qualm with this beer is that...more is not always better. It is an American Strong ale, and it is an American tendency to want more more more, but when it comes down to it, balance is what really makes a beer good. Although a bit unbalanced, this beer is very tasty and very rich. TONS of barley here, but vanilla and sugar overtones make it rather appealing. There is a bit of an astringent smell, but it's hardly detectable underneath all the barley. Hops take back seat to the huge malt here - very earthy - dingy and sugary, soothing and bewildering all at the same time.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow...thats some good stuff. Hoppy scent, but an almost chocolatey taste. Words can't do it justice.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 2007 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (pine, grapefruit), with notes of sherry, paper, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Man...this was a 4+ beer back in the day, only about 3 years ago. The 2006 batch dropped the ball for me to the tune of 3.3. This year’s is even worse...it’s like they’re not even trying anymore. Clumsy and dull aroma, syrupy sweet mess of a mouth experience. Such a shame.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The alcohol overpowers the other flavors...could be a great beer if it blended into the other flavors better.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a big brother to the arrogant Bastard, this one is much more balanced and very drinkable. I am becoming sort of a hophead and I have Stone to thank for directing me in that direction. The beer has a nice amber brown richness with a gentle hop nose. a well balanced bitterness that leaves you wanting more. If you can get up to go to the frig for another one!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great transparent blood color, largish immediately dying fizzy head; aroma of smoke, butterscotch, cherries, pinecone-hops. Oakes has it right on the thickness; this is probably the heaviest non-Imperial stout I’ve had, extremely full and intense. Alcohol is a little too evident here for me, detracting somewhat from the otherwise well-balanced fruity/vanilla/caramel flavor profile. Hops strongly in evidence, with a nice long twang at the end. AB is right, this IS a bit too much -- but not in the hops, rather the alcohol. Good, but I think I prefer the "li’l brother".
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
venomous aroma, deadly currant bitterness that lasts forever
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Though one! Deep amber in color, strong malty aroma with a bitter hoppy sweet malty flavor. Though you can taste the alcohol it doesn’t distract too much
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmm.. Gorgeous color, deep mahogony/red. Head did not stick around long. Seemed to lack the hop assault of the regular Bastard. Maybe I’m just turning into a hophead. Overall a very decent brew. Recommend.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2003 Beautiful reddish brown color. Huge everything about this beer. The aroma was full of citrus, sour apple, damp wood, ash, and toffee. The flavor burst out with strong hops bitterness, very sweet maltiness, and a kickin' sour apple character. I think this is an improved version of Arrogant Bastard. It's far more satisfying, and it really goes for the gusto. Nice crisp feel, and thick thick lace all the way down the glass. Wonderful!