HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Draught. At Cole’s in Buffalo. Poured deep clear mahogany with a large frothy-creamy beige rocky head. Wood resin aroma, almost burnt, fairly boozy with generic sharp hop bitterness. The taste is very malty - dry, almost burnt malt - lots of dry resiny wood notes and a hint of grape leaves in the finish - simple, and it took a while for me to warm to it, but it’s pretty classy. The body is only just so-so, but it’s nicely astringent, with solid carbonation, and a very well-balanced malt/alcohol/burnt oak finish. Sophisticated, if slightly burnt.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from my SS winter 06. Same cough syrup red color with a decent tan head. I honestly do see my difference between this the the regular stuff. Lots of spicey and piney hop aroma. Huge bitterness. Long agressive finish. The oak here is subtle at best. For some reason, I am enjoying this more that the regular bottle I had a couple of weeks ago.
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nicely bitter from start to finish. Amber color. Oak flavor is very modest and not worth the upcharge from regular ABA which I think is better.
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, 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 (2711) - 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 I’d 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 (3037) - 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 it’s 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 (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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 it’s really not for me, I have issues with oaking hops. There’s 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!