TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strawberry orange in color. Creamy dollop of ivory froth clings nicely with each sip. Spruce tips, lemon oil, nutty Crystal, and rhubarb esters comprise the aroma. Hints of aniseed and vanillin. Vigorous swirls reveal some puttylike yeast. Tight, fluffy carbonation. Delicate hop-derived acidity immediately buckles the cheeks, though a resinous hop sting and a juicy rush of esters quickly neutralize it. Nutty Crystal is deep rooted and contributes a firm caramelized sweetness. Wood sneakily arises and lends a vibrant spiciness and a smidgeon of vanillin, as well as a coarse dryness, which mirrors and complements the leafy-hop elements. Hop bitterness remains sharp and poignant, and steadily progresses before it ultimately culminates into a fresh integratioin of blood oranges and peach skin caressed with surprisingly clean and understated oak. Becomes a bit sweet toward the latter half of the bottle, as the abundance of fruitiness and slight yeastiness fatigues the palate. That said, this is a surprisingly good example from a seemingly declining brewery.
Indra (2656) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Piney, earthy, spicy and woody aroma, some citrus and darker toasty malt sweetness in the background here as well. Medium tea-like amber-brown color, lightly hazy, with a lasting, fine head. Some interesting flavor development here in comparison to the standard Bastard, with a spicy, citric start, becoming dry, lightly roasty, earthy, nutty and increasingly bitter towards the finish, which is also very lightly warming and, very late, shows some long lingering dusty, tannic oak. Fairly active on the palate, with ample effervescence and a rather pleasantly potent bite, paired with a medium body. I think Iíd consider the experiment a success. Cheers, Bob!
johnnysuede (16) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grapefruit, spicy, floral aroma, with a moderately bitter flavor. Pours dark golden brown with a small head. Has a medium body, with somewhat soft carbonation. Finish is long and smooth, and lightly alcoholic.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown/amber with tan head. Big aroma of grapefruity hops, caramel and an underlying cocoa maltyness. The flavor is predominantly bitter, with grapefruit hoppyness. This is less malt eccentuated than the original, but overall itís similiar. The oakeyness along with the big hops creates a big dryness. The original has a better underlying thick malt sweetness and is a bit fuller in flavor (in terms of complexity) and fuller bodied, in my opinion.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this in the small 12 oz bottle.Poured out a reddish brown witha small tan head.Aromas of hops and pine and wood,which were also refleced in the flavor,as well as some citrus.I personally liked this better than the regular arrogant as it hops are not as overpowering.
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Intensely caramelly kicked with citrus orange tannic floral qualities in the aroma. Very bold. Somewhat centered around aged spice, but enticing. Clear ruddied mahogany with orange fringes, with a creamy soap of deep banana. Peculiar clash of oak board notes and the dose of biting hops, drawing on an unrecognizable character, with a mouth full of fruity esters bringing an end to the clash, before fading into a run of long resin and pine draws. Alcohols ebbs warm, but is essential for the interplay between oak and hop. Points for intriguing qualities, but itís really not for me, I have issues with oaking hops. Thereís a blooming cheese rind finish that seals my skepticism in the beer.
PhiloPsych (15) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best beer I have ever had. I really like the regular Arrogant Bastard. This is smoother and more drinkable. The flavor is really fantastic!
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy aroma with slight wood scents. The appearance is mahogany with an off white head. The palate is medium. Hoppy and extremely woody taste. I felt the flavors were confused. Bitter aftertaste, but I come away thinking that I just drank a liquid piece of wood.
Ron (2684) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Bottle. Poured brownish with reddish hints and a pretty descent size brown head. Aroma was oaky grapefruit and some sweet caramel. Bite at the begining not end. It got more mellow and smooth as it warmed. Much different then reg. bastard. I celabrated Cowboys win over Tampa on Thanksgiving with this. Enjoyable.
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 One thing I canít ever get past is the unmitigated Arrogance! How dare they? How dare they invade our homes, surgically alter our taste buds, leave upper deckers in our toilets, take up the passing lane in their Lexus SUVs, be immensely more endowed than the average, bang Angelina Jolie, ask and receive seconds, thirds, fourths? How can they be so superior? How can they urinate with impunity upon and drive a monster truck over all that I hold dear? How can they be so lacking in finesse and grace? How can they overtake our collective beer-drinking consciousness, set the gold standard for all that is sought after in beerland, and profit obscenely from it all in the process -- all without a multizillion dollar ad campaign? Capitalist swine! ("This is Arrogant Bastard speaking...." "Who is Arrogant Bastard?") Have they no shame? Have they no mercy? Have they no respect? How can they tell us what constitutes good taste, and be so right? Thereís opinion, and then thereís the right opinion, and these grade-A pricks have the market cornered in the latter. They donít ask, they just take, and itís already theirs anyway. We shall relent!
Damn you, Bastard! Damn you to Hop Heaven!