stpiker (5) - USA - JAN 5, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops up front big time. Finish is a little sweet. High carbonation. nice beer, but I think I prefer straight A-B.
hayduke (3582) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a rich ruby color with a very robust light tan head and very heavy lacing rings making a very attractive pour. The nose is of pine and citrus hops. Solid body and bit of an alcoholic, almost raw mouthfeel. The flavor is complex with lots of caramel malts set off by a pine and citrus. The finish is long, dry, and bitter. While an interesting idea I found the beer a little harsh overall with the alcohol just a little too present. Despite that is still overall pretty good, and as mentioned a very handsome pour.
AndyReynolds (1038) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a nice, dark reddish brown with a nice white head, nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, but with a solid malt backbone. Notes of citrus, pine, fresh cut grass, and a hint of oak come out. As it warmed, I got some faint notes of bourbon and vanilla. Mouthfeel is crisp and thick at the same time. The flavor brings out some alcohol, but is sweet, finishing dry with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Much better than the three it is comprised of on their own.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep reddish amber topped by a sticky off-white head. This beer is an assault of hops, particularly the Pacific Northwestern varieties that are full of citrus and pine. Some peach and mango in the flavor as well. This is an awesome beer!
Maddog (427) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a surprise. I wasn’t expecting this beer to be this diverse and flavorful. The aroma is amazingly hoppy with fruit and pine. The pour is clear, dark amber with little head, but the flavors explode with sweet fruits, malt and a huge presence of sticky, resinous grapefruit like hops. A great beer with a huge, bitter finish. Another stud from Stone.
dashiell22 (51) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty awesome brew. Looks identical to Arrogant Bastard, but smells distinctly different, possibly from the oak. Wonderful taste, but with a distinct alcohol burn at the end, which I don’t remember from either AB or DAB. Great beer.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle gave a familiar appearance of AB. Brown amber hues. Flavors are somewhat you would expect from the mix of the three beers. Rich malt, bitter hops, faint oakiness , and balanced finish. Pretty cool idea but this doesn’t match the greatness of the three individual beers.
Beerman6686 (5179) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a semi cloudy dark red to brown color with an off white head. Aroma was of lots of resinous piney hops, and lots of grapefruit too. Some malt can be detected as well. Flavor was very very bitter, a good amount of pine and fruits, mainly grapefruit, and then some toasted caramel malt to try to balance it out. Overall a tongue bruiser that remains just balanced enough at the same time.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Copper brown color with a thin off white, almost beige, head. Very lightly carbonated. Big hop nose of grapefruit, pine, and grass. Taste is a hop bouquet. Layers of hoppiness stack upon one another in the mouth. Tart citrus, then pine, a brief pause, and then a long bitternes builds in towards the back of the mouth and then settles into the back of the throat where it stays until the next sip. The malt is completely inconsipicuous but must be there because something is holding all of these flavors together. I would love to vertically taste all of the ABs alongside this because I have a suspcion that this one will be my favorite.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber from Top’s in Tempe, AZ. Aside from the strong desire to downvote this one due to the incredibly stupid/annoying label, this was a darn good beer!
Pours clear copper with a reddish tinge and a thin but lingering light tan head. Aroma is hearty, earthy, caramel, and booze. Flavor brings lots of oak, offset by a touch of caramel malt and a good dose of spicy hops. Heat from the spice and the booze seems especially strong for an 8.5 ABV brew, which was really the only setback (other than that damn label!)