markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from a BA trade with b0ldfacelies, 12oz. bottle poured into an Imperial Pint
A: Pours a bold, striking, vibrant reddish color featuring a huge, rocky off-white head. Like everything else about this beer, it makes a statement with its appearance.
S: Smells more like the best DIPAs on the planet, loads of fresh-baked cookie goodness, and a gorgeous roasted nutty quality makes this aroma a serious winner.
T/M: Again, bold is the word here. A blast of massively bitter grapefruit splashes your taste buds before giving way to the dark, roasted malt center. The grapefruit bitterness is joined by a long, aggressive piney finish. This beer doesn’t so much get drank as it does ASSAULT your taste buds. Perfectly balanced carbonation makes it easy to wrestle with large gulps of this monster at a time.
D: If this beer wasn’t so dang expensive, I’d buy it more often. It’s ridiculously fun to drink, if not outright drinkable.
EithCubes (5476) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Woody hop aroma with citrus and a little funk. Pine more than grapefruit. Ruby body with a creamy, rich tanned head. Bit of dark malt and fruitiness in with medium-strong hoppy bitterness. Pineapple more than pine. Medium body is dry, has a light tingle from carbonation, and finishes much the same. A drop from regular AB: hops don’t quite agree with me here, and the main draw of the original (its punishing, extreme bitterness) is lacking.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duane shared a 12 oz. bottle with me. Dark amber pour with a bit of a white head. Very similar to AB, just toned down a bit from the aging I think. Some sweet malts and plenty of biting, piney hops, and just the slightest hint of some earthy notes from the oak aging. The oak aging wasn’t too strong in this brew though. Got better as it warmed. Thanks Dad!
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanx to Ogglethorp for this.Pours a dark amber color with a small, thinning head.Floral aroma is dominant here.Lots of hoppiness with some wood notes.Finishes with a bitter bite.
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a long lasting, level white head. A good level of pineapple and grapefruit is present in the nose with a vanilla sweetness and a bit of smoked wood. I’m not that crazy about the flavor. The level of oak infusion is very tasteful, not overwhelming, but I think it clashes oddly with the pineapple suggestions which are present. I do like the biscuity flavor and mildly spiced finish quite well. I could drink one of these, but I wouldn’t seek it out again. IMHO, the regular Arrogant Bastard is tastier.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a white head. Has no lacing. Hints of hooooops, and some smoked wood flavor, and spices. Finishes with a sweet hop taste on the tongue.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Pours a dark amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma of hops and more hops. Taste is very citrusy with a very noticeable alcohol bite. Flavors of the oak is barely noticeable with the spices and grapefruit winning out on the finish. I was expecting a little more than I got from this brew. Not bad, just nothing special.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a caramel color with a fizzy head. Not enough oak flavors but it was a good beer none the less.
dmac (5386) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3L 2005 bottle shared with T and D. Originally served a little to cold but when you have three liters to get through there is plenty of time for the beer to warm up and it did just that. This one has definitely mellowed over time and most of the delicious hops that I’m used to in my AB had faded into a distant memory. Poured a thick murky brown with an okay head. I could detect some oak notes and malty molasses and even a little vanilla in this one. The flavor was smooth with slight oakiness and malt. Pretty good but I need to try this one again fresh.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
rather disappointing compared too the regular arrogant. some minor oak notes which smoothed out some sweetness, but the beer seemed over carbonated and real gassy.