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!!!
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.
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!
Skvader (116) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has lots of malt and rotten fruits, mostly apricot. Taste is very bitter like dark chocolate or lemon peel and also has frutiy characteristics of apricot.
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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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..
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...
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep hazy garnet in color. Good head and lace that sticks lingers for a little while. Rich malts and perfumey nose. Very well carbonated. Rich carmelly malts, consistancy that is almost vinous, hops are alot more toned down than regular bastard. Very solid beer and still more balanced then a couple years ago, holding up nicely. ’03 vintage.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Lemon and citrus with some roasty malt
Appearance:very dark amber red
Taste:almost like a grassy hop flavor, and then semi sweet malty flavor with a touch a creamy and finshes with a mild bitterenss