Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours transparent brown with a hint of red. Aroma is a combo of citrus and floral hop notes. The flavor has a nice malt punch followed by a slightly bitter hop finish. Good mouthfeel. Solid.
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Pours a dark red; citric aroma. This is essentially a very hoppy barley wine, or a double ipa with big malt front. Hops don’t feel fresh here, but I’m getting a more floral variety of the hop. Barley wine style caramel malt balance with a double ipa aggressive hop finish. The hops and malt intermingle to get an almost watermelon jello taste at times. Orange rind flavor comes out as it warms, 8.7% is not detectable. No real roast, or stout characters. Quite good, strong beer.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours mahogany brown with a fluffy tan head. aroma is sweet, sticky aromatic resiny hops and caramel. nice malty edge. flavor is BITTER floral hops, caramel, dark fruit. loads of malt, bold spicy, earthy, succulent hops. finish is long, dry, bitter. thick and heavy strong ale. glorious.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
thick, sweet and rather bitter. some grass and pine. light carbonation, abrupt finish. decent.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a dark red with some very thick head that laces quite well. Smell has a really strong hop profile, almost too much. On the taste, the fresh hops are so strong that its almost like earwax. However, it is tempered from this by a decent malt backbone. On the aftertaste the pine comes through quite well. Though this beer is almost too agressive to be enjoyed by a casual beer drinker, it certainly is great for those who see Arrogant Bastard as too timid.
bconch (308) - - JUL 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taken from old notes. Deep ruby pour with a citrus nose. Taste is a smooth mix of bitter and sweet. Finish is long and bitter. Hides the 8.7% really well.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, clear, amber pour with a big off-white head. Hoppy aroma with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. flavor is big, hoppy, smooth, and a slightly sweet, malty finish. Excellent brew.
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tony’s Place in Ivyland. Color is a deep rich red / brown. Head is not strong. Smells of hops hit your nose. Maybe Crystal hops? I would say this beer is more hop heavy than malt. Alcohol is well hidden under hop kick.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a dark brown quickly diminishing white head. Smell is Roasty and piney and floral. Taste is light coffee heavy pine decent citrus.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brownish red with a small tan head. The nose is strong with piney hops but there is a hint of sweetness that lingers in the background. Initially the hops really overpower anything the malts have to offer. Strong pine flavor and a big bitter punch, especially in the middle palate. The balance with the malts really shines on the finish, everything comes together in an incredibly "smooth" way. As the beer warms the malt characteristics start to show themselves, nice caramel notes and a hint of chocolate, and the beer really becomes more complex.