Rustyham (1778) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, deep amber color, Aroma of sweet caramel malt and tree sap. The flavor is much smoother than double bastard, and has a great sweet, oily hop character that is verging on sour. Quite good, but not worth the hype, in my opinion. Bottle from Sunset Corners, Miami.
TheBeerGod (5440) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy copper with a moderate fluffy brown head. Aroma is strong spicy hops, caramel, sweet malt, citrus oils and grapefruit. Taste is more caramel, spicy hops, citrus fruit, grapefruit juice, sweet malt, soft alcohol and light pineapple. Very tasty! Body is medium with a strong bubbly carbonation. Pleasant lingering bitterness as well. Ends with more citrus fruit, big caramel, sweet malt, grapefruit juice, light tropical fruit and big spicy hops. Yummy!
Pailhead (5347) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma has moderate caramel, tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, and light pine. It pours a transparent brownish-orange with a two finger head with excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing...a very impressive looking beer. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel. There’s a nice tropical fruitiness and faint pineapple in the middle. The finish has some moderate grapefruit and lighter pine. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and slightly sticky mouthfeel. To me it leans more toward Double than Arrogant Bastard with almost no signs of Oaked Bastard.
DialSquare (3114) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from the Andersons in Toledo. Amber-brown pour with a medium light tan head and sheets of lacing. Aroma is butterscotch and caramel malts, tea, grassy hops, and wood. Tastes are sweet malts and burnt sugars balanced by grapefruit hops. Apricot in there somewhere. Long burnt floral bitter aftertaste. Palate is knife and fork stuff - medium to full, but chewy. Good as expected, but would need all the variations side by side to pick a favorite.
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours dark brown with a thin frothy tan head, aroma of floral hops, taste is extremely hoppy, some maltyness, maybe a bit of the oak as well.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Puors a naet and thcik abmer wtih na amora fo swtrabrry mlat, sewet rde wnie, adn sewet cakcrers tppoed wtih hpos. Aregesgvie mlat ifnsued wtih garperfiut adn oagrne jiuce. Tihck no teh pealate. Nto bda.
SrSilliGose (3280) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from lagunitasfan- thanks tim! Pours a clear copper with ruby red highlights and a small frothy tan head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, tangerines, ight brandy, candied booze. Taste is oranges, sweet tangerines, light toffee, warming booze, hops cut the booze nicely. Actually like the interplay between the sharp booze and citrusy pine hops, with some tasty tangerine sweetness for good measure. Dry. Without the pungent hops, this would have been a lobsided with the booze and sweetness. Best fresh. Pretty good. Enjoyed this. Thanks tim.
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
23-12-10: Brune-rougeatre, avec une mousse moyennement abondante et une effervescence normale. Puissants arômes d’houblon, avec des notes fruitées et boisés. Forte amertume du début a la fin. Puissant en bouche avec de belles notes de fruits rouge et noire. Finale longue et très amer.
dwyerpg (4734) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2014 This smells great. Lots of hops and some fruit. The flavor is hoppy and bitter too, but it just isn’t quite as good to my palate as the regular arrogant bastard or the double, which are cheaper too.
Had again and liked equally, though a bit too sweet. 11/1/14
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber to brown color with two fingers of frothy white head. Smell is of very strong pine hops (strength may be due to freshness, I don’t think I’ve ever had a Bastard/Basartd that had been on the shelves as short as this one). Oak is noticeable too, and is the first noticeable quality of the taste. Plenty of hop bitterness, and a bit of fruity sweetness too, maybe from raisin and plum. I might have guessed this was an IPA if I took a slip blindfolded. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy; beer has a medium body with moderate carbonation.
I preferred each of this beer’s three components on their own, but definitely give this a try if you enjoyed the others.
D: 3.5 decent, maybe too sweet. slow drinker but acceptable for abv