Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2011
From bomber. Big hop nose, ozone, rubbery, with brown sugar sweetness, alcohol and mild fruity esters. A bit of fusel and oak. Pears. Dark copper brown clear with huge light tan foamy lacing head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with brown sugar and molasses. Huge hop flavor from start to after. Sugary body with tons of roasted notes. Big bitter aggressive finish with almost harsh after. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Drank straight out of the bomber on the train ride home from work. Again, not the best way to do this, but the aroma is detecable. Strong grapefruit hops and some pine in there as well. On the palate the alcohol is extremely well hidden and the flavor is super well balanced. While the hops are extremely bitter, the overall flavor profile is still influenced by the sweetness of some very heavy malts. I’m not the hugest fan of Arrogant Bastard anymore, but this is a really good take on the original, for sure. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Bomber pours a clear reddish copper body with a thick tan head that has excellent retention and deposits lavish creamy patch lacing. Aroma is pine, citrusy orange, vanilla, and oak. Palate is creamy and full bodied. Taste has a lot of oaky vanilla. Pine and grassy hops impart an aggressive bitterness that is needed to counter the huge malty waves of caramel and orange marmelade. Grapefruit notes are underneath. A solid strong ale but it seems like a retread of oaked Arrogant Bastard. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber beer with a thin white head. The nose is fairly piny with a nice oaky back note. It’s got a soft fruity nose along with a light sweet palate. The hoppiness seems quite subdued on the palate. It’s much more approachable than the original Arrogant Bastard. It’s decent, but I can’t say it’s terribly distinctive. Zymurgeist2 (2296) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours a clear, deep copper with a taupe full head of large bubbles. Great hop aroma jumps out of the glass with pine and flora.. Medium-full mouthfeel coats the palate with a creaminess lingering and slight puckering. This is a massive tribute to bittering hops. Malty caramel holds up, but the flora, earth and pine dominate. Some dark alcohol also present from the barrel as well as dark fruit. After the long bitter finish, a triumphant call from the sweet malt coats the lips to let you know it has been a solid backbone throughout. Would pair with a hearty stew or meatloaf.
RSRIZZO (2000) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
22oz bottle poured into a Sifter at 48°. Color is a deep amber with very good carbonation and a small tan head. Aroma is a rich roasted malt scent with a light hop note in the back. Flavor is malty, but then a big hop punch comes in with a bold bitterness that rides out in the after taste. Overall this is a great brew with big flavor. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
22oz bottle 3/23/11 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO) 48° in Snifter Pours a dark amber with a small tan head. Arom aof hops and malt. Taste of the same with more hops. This full bodied brew is well balanced and easy to drink. Great brew. BrewBoxer (2650) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Bomber. Pours a deep amber red brown color with a nice pillowy head. Smells of grapes, raisins and floral essence. Taste is hoppy like and ipa but finishes malty like a brown ale. Really smooth and nice. Hope they make a lukcy bastard 14 ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2011
A - Pours a really opaque copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head reduces fairly quickly to a ring around the glass and laces nicely on the glass.
S - Aroma is full of floral/grassy hops with some nice citrus fruit elements (with grapefruit being the strongest). Touch of toasted toffee malts.
T - Starts off with a hit of caramel sweetness and some nice piney hops. Touch of oak in the background. Through the middle, more of the hop flavor and bitterness come through. Also a bit more of the oak flavor coming through. The finish is a mix of the sweet toffee malts, the hops flavor and bitterness, some citrus, and some nice oak flavors that linger for a while.
M - Medium0full bodied with moderate-low but lively carbonation. Really smooth and almost a bit oily. Excellent finish with a touch of dryness.
D - Very drinkable. The 8.5% abv here is extremely well masked and the flavors are very well balanced. Very nice hop and malt balance and the oak flavors blends with them extremely well. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2011
22oz Bomber – By Greg Koch himself – Boulder, CO
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Strong flavors and finish this was a great Strong ale. Good malts and hops additions. The spices are subtle. Try reading the bottle and take lots of aspirin but it is a great time and a great beer.