EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
for me, about as over the top as it gets.
the hops with this one stick with you for minutes after each sip.
other than the intense taste and full body, there is not a huge alcohol taste to back up the 10%abv.
maltiness appears in the form of a huge body rather than sweetness, or grainy tastes. that i suppose is my only beef with it, not well balanced or pleasurable enough to warrant its price or rarity.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of hops on the nose as well as a molasses sweetness, dried fruits, caramel, and toffee. Big maltiness and a thin, light carbonation on the body. Definitely some alcohol burn on the end but at 10% its still well masked.
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Bright golden amber body. Sweet malts very well played and alcohol is somewhat subtle. Damn good strong ale!
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light burgundy with thin head. Pungent malts and spices on the nose. Profusion of flavors, cherries, prunes, candied citrus rind, cinnamon, very boozy followed by very dry and insistent hopping .After taste just keeps on going. Will probably be tasting this in the morning.
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southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Read somewhere that this beer was considered to be a barleywine and have let it sit in my fridge because I’ve had some imperfect barleywines lately. I was going to bring about five large bottles to an art opening tomorrow night and I assumed this would be too extreme for the masses. But the pour indicated it wasn’t a bw, too much lovely froth and a nose very similar to Arrogant Bastard. I had Arrogant Bastard once and was pleased and surprised by it, finding it to be a slightly improved version of SN Celebration Ale (I’m always curious about my "beer memory" but afraid to test its accuracy). This is another notch up from Arrogant Bastard and a truly delicious beer. Maybe I can find another bottle for tomorrow.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
well worth the kudos. It is a great beer. The aroma is sweet and faint. Thin head, but still a great pour. Dark amber and cloudd in appearance. The taste is the amazing part, though. It is four flavors attacking you at the same time. Ends with the best bitter taste I’ve experienced. Great beer!!!
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper & golden with a nice off-white head. Malty and bitter at the same time. Lovely, but honestly, the words on the bottle are worth the purchase price alone!
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This really is Arrogant bastard x2. Everything is just intesified. Very similiar to the original barleywine. This thing really comes at you. Sweet malty start, full middle, bitter finish. Complex all the way through.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle Mmmm. Fragrant, fruity aroma, much like the venerable Arrogant Bastard, but sweeter. Head is minimal, and slightly yellow, lacing nicely. This beer grows on you, not as bitter as it's little brother, but with more complexity, dark honey malts fading into red-tinged bitterness. Lovely, and you won't even notice the alcohol, until halfway through the beer...
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tasting at lake las vegas..reddish pour..very strong drink..not easy to drink but an interesting beer..but like most say the 10abv you cant even feel..