Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Update: 10/10/2001 - Rating of a 2001 Vintage Double Bastard
Absolutely amazing beer that has gotten better with age. There is a slight head and a faint fruity aroma to start the drink. The color is a dark-magenta with an amazing bite after the first sip. The alcohol content is high, but so are the flavors. The hops accentuate the fruity flavor as this beer tickles the taste buds. A true delight that has gotten better with age. A very fine brew that has jumped up my beer ratings chart with age. Had on tap at Callhan’s 10/09/02.
Rating from Early 2001 - new vintage beer
Definitely not for everyone, this beer jumps out and hits you hard. The hops are strong and the alcohol high. Not for the timid, this is twice as good as the name suggests.
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 (486) - 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.
email@example.com (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 (2763) - 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!