Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber pours amber – copper with tan head and spotty lacing. The aroma is full of malt sweetened citrus hops as well as caramel, some pine hops, mild smooth spicy oak, crystal malts and a touch of smooth booze at the end of the draw. The taste is rich bold and complex and rewarding, yum. It offers up loads of malt sweetened citrus hops that build into a combination of bitter citrus hops and bitter pine hops as well as slurry of various malt types ebbing and flowing around and across the rich hoppiness. This is bold firm robust and complex and at the same time smooth and dangerously drinkable.
drfabulous (3826) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce from Luckyhank. Big hop aroma in the nose. Taste is malty and sweet. Some orange as well. Like a super fresh Arrogant Bastard. Very enjoyable.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost three finger thick, richly amber tinged, tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark, almost burnt amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells thick with piney and citrus focused hops, but also has a backbone of chewy crystal malt. The nose is made up of aromas of tangerine, surprising-but-subtle cedar, a green herbaceous character, a strong nutty note that mixes in with the cedar, very woody oriented fresh cut pine planks and a sort of dustiness that I can’t quite place, but which seems to incorporate the surprising cedar note, the nuttiness and the fresh cut pine planks.
Nicely bitter tasting as the beer first hits my tongue, but the biting bitterness only grows as it rolls across my tongue and it lingers on the palate for quite some time after my first sip, though it slowly fades. Sweet, crystal malt focused notes contribute a touch of sweet-tea like character, perhaps a hint of astringency (though this gets wrapped up in the green hop notes and the oak), a touch of nuttiness and maybe even a hint of dark, sort of roasted malt character. The malt accentuates fruity hop notes that remind me of ruby-red grapefruit, bright tangelo zest, some lychee (especially more toward the finish). There is actually a surprising amount of malt character in this beer; it is indeed dominantly hoppy, but the malt is not far behind. The malt character doesn’t put this in chewy, viscous Barleywine territory, but it certainly provides some body and texture to this medium’ish beer. Some touches of alcohol are noticeable as a slight warming / heat in the finish where it mixes with spicy oak and hop notes. The oak definitely seems to boost the hot alcohol feel in the finish and also contributes some woody astringency. As the beer warms up the hop fruit character becomes a bit more apparent with more of the citrus and tropical fruit notes and perhaps even a touch of oak-derived vanillin starts to come out.
Definitely a nice beer, as with the base beers this seems to have lost the vibrancy and surprise that this had for me early on; there are now a lot of beers that are more “arrogant”, but this beer is still an aggressive mix of hop and malt character. The oak is interesting here, the oak’ed arrogant bastard is likely the smallest percentage, but it still seems to be a bit too harsh here rather than achieving the vanillin / toasted wood character that I much prefer from my oak character in beer. My second poor even has a touch of buttery oak to it and really as it warms up a fair amount a big, wood-driven pepper note becomes noticeable in the nose and even more so in the flavor of this beer.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff was awesome!
I don’t know what can be said that hasn’t already. Reddish-brown in color with a big ol head. Smooth mouthfeel with an impressive flavor - a tough combination to pull off. The nose, like the flavor was very well balanced, hoppy and malts and the 5 palate shows that it was totally pulled off.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is deep ruddy amber with a thin sticky light brown head...smell is hoppy...yeah, it smells like AB...bright and faintly metallic with grapefruit being the dominant scent, along with some hints of molasses...taste is exactly what you would expect a blend of AB, Double Bastard, and Oaked AB to taste like...I like all of the above on a stand alone basis...but blending them is not really helpful...strongly hopped and conflicting flavors are all that I really get...some toasty and molasses sweetness, but just a hoppy trainwreck....finish is metallic and dry...I guess I don’t get it?
arondee (544) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark red brown with a medium sized white head and lots of lacing. Aromas are hops, caramel malt, and raisins. The taste is sweet malt, bitter hops that last forever and good carbonation. An amazing combination of the regular arrogant bastard and the double.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Depp ambre puor wtih a bigg fulffy haed. Hueg hoippy arrmoma. Citrusey, pieiny, nad supre smotth. Fnataztik.
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a clear ruby red brew with a small off-white head. Great lacing on this one! Scent is hoppy with caramel and pine. Taste is malty sweet then piney hoppy bitterness. Fantastic bitter sweet finish.
djd07 (3243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Flying Saucer. Pours a dark ruby with a small frothy off white head and sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is floral hops, oak, and smoke. Medium mouthfeel with resin hops and a dry oak finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering, a very good American strong ale and mixture of the Bastards.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth and bold at the same time. Charming yet indifferent. Has some scorched toffee and a hint of caramel. Nostalgic roughness. Grassy hop boldness. Alcohol-silkiness seeps into your soul slowly, so beware.