BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle and served in Bells snifter: Deep caramel hue with a fading frothy off-white head which left spotty lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, roast, bready malts and hint of vanilla and oak vapours. Plenty of grapefruit, pineapple, resiny and leafy hop vapours as well along with a dash of metallic and minerally esters. The taste is well balanced for the most part between the hop bitters and sweet malt base. Twangy and citric fruitiness, resiny hop flowers, caramel and toffee leading towards a slight oaky and vanilla finish. The mouth feel is not as aggressive as the normal Arrogant Bastard and leans more towards the Double Bastard and Oaked versions, lush and sticky with moderate alcohol, a slight metallic finish. Overall a solid American Strong Ale which showcases many of the strengths of the blended brews and a few of the weaknesses too. I would drink this again.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark amber with a thin-bodied appearance and a tiny white head. Nose is mostly spicy hops and some toast. Flavor hits hard up front with abrasive piney hops, then it quickly fades to a thin malt base body. After swallowing, I’m hit hard with peppery hops that linger. Very sharply carbonated. It’s unique, but I didn’t love it and felt this hopping schedule needed a heartier malt backbone for better balance.
r464 (2124) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep cherry wood in color. Strong aroma of malt and spice. This is a strong one, with hints of dried fruit,malt, and alcohol, it’s in the tradition of Strong’s ales. One to try and savor.
QuezXLV (414) - Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love the deScription of this beer, based on the theory that people only see the first and last letter of a word and their brain knows what the word is. This beer has an awesome sweet and hoppy aroma ... Almost perfect. And the taste matches the aroma; very complex. I describe it as a fruity IPA. The other good thing about this beer is that you can have a few without getting too full, like a stout. I feel lukcy to have been able to sample this one. Thanks TheHopster for finding this.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong piney and sweet orange/lemon aroma with some definite caramle malt flavors in there as well appearance is a deep amber color first taste starts with hop bitterness, and finishes with a sweet malty flavor the hops are a hint of sweet orange hop flavor, a great beer, and to be completely honest i have had all four of the bastard ales and I could not pick a favorite, everyone of them are great complex, yet diverse beers and the writing on the back of the arrogant bastard ale, when stone starts talking about the macro breweries is hilarious
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber in an English pint glass. The beer pours a medium to deep amber color, with a smallish and quickly disappearing off-white head. The nose is initially slight, showing a slight tea-like note, a very slight wood note, and some somewhat muddled background character malt notes. As the beer warms, the latter notes sharpen, showing some high crystal/special B raisony notes. The palate is fairly malt-forward, again showing a rather muddy character initially, along with a fairly prevalent alcohol note, and some interesting fruit notes that appear toward the finish. The finish itself leaves a lingering note of alcohol, and the aforesaid tea-like note. Overall, certainly an enjoyable and interesting beer, but questionable as to whether it actually bests any of the original three blended beers in any facet.
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium reddish brown color with tan head. Strong citrus and pine aromas with some caramel. Citrus, pine and caramel flavors with some oak and vanilla. A little boozy. Medium body with average carbonation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather nice nose with lots of citrus and pine, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, moderately bitter, lots of citrus, some pine and spruce, lots of caramel, some fruity yeast, and some minerals. Much better than I thought it would be.
Vir4030 (577) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Hoppy caramel aroma from a brown pour with a thin off-white head. Hops aren’t bad, but the caramel / toffee flavor is not good. I just don’t like this kind of beer. Sorry, folks. I’ll keep putting in these really low reviews in order to offset the seemly stout-biased crowd here.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma- brown sugar, dark fruit, sweet malt, wood, bread. pours dark ruby brown with lingering head. taste is caramel malt, brown sugar, wood, smoke, dry bitter finish, hints of bitter chocolate, spruce. palate is thick, full bodied, and carbonated.