biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Pours a deep, reddish burgundy in color. Long lasting white head. The nose was full of floral hops, citrus fruits and malt. Hops are very apparent but the malt presense is very high too and balances well. Hops still take over this beer and make it very bitter. Excellent mouthfeel as well.
bp (924) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2006
22 OZ bottle: Dark brownish red color, fruity, hoppy and slightly bitter, a quality brew. Bartzilla (624) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Ah, yes, this is the beer that opened up a whole new world of malt/hops exploration. We got a keg of this for my friend’s birthday party several years ago. People were dropping like flies, a couple fights broke out and I almost hooked up with this girl I worked with. I owe it all to you, Arrogant Bastard. Just the right amount of hops while retaining that wonderfully smoked malt backbone. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
I was waiting to rate this one until having the Oaked side-by-side, and it was a pleasure to also see the Double on the table at DL Day. Great nose of caramel and toffee leading into some cherry, ginger, and port like tones. Aggressive hop presence, but there’s a firm malt backbone to balance it. A great every day drinker. Wish we’d see it available in IL. drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Pours with a dark brownish red color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with a bit of sweetness. Flavor hits with a blast of hops but ends remarkably smoothly with a bit of fruity sweetness. Palate is quite smooth. Quite an excellent beer, but not as aggressive and in-your-face as I expected.
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2006
A nice darkish color, that smells nice and fruity/sweet. It really wasn’t that carbonated, which was good. It has a real bitter taste at first and then finishes fruity, I guess you would call this a complex taste? I really enjoyied this beer. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2006
22 oz. Pours a deep amber with a short lasting frothy head. Aroma is big, citrus and sweet malt in the back. Taste starts bitter, the middle being sweet malt and light fruit with a long lasting bitter finish. Big, full body... Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Too much hops, way too bitter, my palate was roughed up. calinative68 (4) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 20, 2006 does not count
AB is a Big Beer, period.! Dark ruby red-brown in color, floral aroma, if you like hops you will dig AB Nick4592 (1) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006 does not count
This beer is a welcome change from the other sissy american beers that we are forced to endure