Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 18, 2002
I like arrogant bastard much better. Even though the higher alcohol content, its not nearly as good.... herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
2002 edition.Aroma is like smelling a grapefruit. First sip is a hop assault but somehow there is enough malt to level it a little bit. Balance it's not but it helps. bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Nice deep red color with a diminshing, tan head. Minimal lacing.
Lots of sweetness in the nose with tiny hint of hops.
Malt and syrup in the flavor. Could have used a few more IBU to balance all of the malt.
High alcohol is masked well.
I'm sure a higher rating would be warranted if I had this on tap. AB is better on tap too. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 A very formidable complex American strong ale. nicely balanced malt/hop components. Of course strongly bitter. Finishes dry, bitter, clean JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Masochist I may be, then!
This is a huge beer in every aspect, yet somehow remains balanced and enjoyable, refreshing and extreme. Massive malts are caramelly and chewy, sweet fruits from the biscuity yeast, grapefruit, pine and sappy bitter hops. There is no beginning and no end. Unvbelievable, a new favorite. I have a 3litre bottle, complete with a freakin’ padlock.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Tremendous clarity and excellent head under a big herbal and spicy hop nose. Extremely rich sweet deep malt (a bit cloying at times) though big hops help cut this rather nicely. Classic American strong ale flavor in the style of Bigfoot and DFH 90 min. HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Hmm.. Gorgeous color, deep mahogony/red. Head did not stick around long. Seemed to lack the hop assault of the regular Bastard. Maybe I'm just turning into a hophead. Overall a very decent brew. Recommend. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Great transparent blood color, largish immediately dying fizzy head; aroma of smoke, butterscotch, cherries, pinecone-hops. Oakes has it right on the thickness; this is probably the heaviest non-Imperial stout I've had, extremely full and intense. Alcohol is a little too evident here for me, detracting somewhat from the otherwise well-balanced fruity/vanilla/caramel flavor profile. Hops strongly in evidence, with a nice long twang at the end. AB is right, this IS a bit too much -- but not in the hops, rather the alcohol. Good, but I think I prefer the "li'l brother". brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
For a big brother to the arrogant Bastard, this one is much more balanced and very drinkable. I am becoming sort of a hophead and I have Stone to thank for directing me in that direction. The beer has a nice amber brown richness with a gentle hop nose. a well balanced bitterness that leaves you wanting more. If you can get up to go to the frig for another one! snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
The alcohol overpowers the other flavors...could be a great beer if it blended into the other flavors better.