mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2011
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep mahogany color with a 1 finger white head and gobs of random lace. Aroma is citrus & pine resin with a hint of caramel. Taste is what you’d expect after smelling it only a little maltier. There’s a hint of oak in the taste also. Palate is full bodied & a bit bitter. Bitter finish. ganache (5898) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Thought about scrambling letters like the bottle, but decided against messing with mighty Search. Bomber. Nose is pine, resin, caramel, toffee, fruit, cookie dough, alcohol. The hops are remarkably bright and punchy. Dark amber pour with a rocky tan head. Full-bodied and bitter with some alcohol punch (and, unfortunately, too much palate-bashing from the etoh in the aftertaste). Syrupy caramel and dark earth, otherwise nothing to distinguish this from Arrogant Bastard other than the heft. OK, and enjoyed it. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2011
Bomber from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Beer #1600! Maverick34 (3239) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2011
App.: Very deep mahogany, clear with a decent tan head.
Aroma: Thick and rich in both malts and hops, gooey caramel/toffee/brown sugar, plenty of big C-hops notes...pine, resin, grapefruit, marmalade, a bit floral, a touch mashy and dusty, sufficient citrus brightness to overcome the BIG, thick malt background.
Palate: I feel...lucky? Medium-full body, soft, velvety effervescence, smooth.
Flav.: A little more hop than malt, compared to the nose, big pine and resin, plenty of grapefruit, still lots of caramel/toffee/brown sugar, peppery for sure, spicy, big and bold; lightly sweet with impressive bitterness and a strong pine and dust and caramel finish.
This is a Lukcy Basartd and I am one for drinking it!
Man, trying to find this one to rate it without comprehending the intentional misspelling is v. difficult.
Draught (as lucky bastard, not basartd, hence the issue). Poured reddish brownish, strong hops aroma, pretty decent, mild alco burn. Ok. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
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crossovert (12927) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Citrusy hop resins inspire this American Strong Ale’s berry-laden caramel malts to achieve a most credible supporting role, while proficient green bitterness wows the palate with clarity.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam lays claim to the clear auburn.
-The freshness of the hop aroma and flavor is astounding, especially for a strong brew.
-The big, soft bubbles are perfectly calculated to make all flavors levitate in unison.
-The body is relatively lean, helping the tastebuds to focus on the deliciously outgoing hop personality.
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 650ml bottle.
It pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy off-white head that sticks for a bit and recedes to some ok lacing.
The smell is nice but I expected more. It is sweeter than I expected with a nice resinous hop smell with both citrus and pine. The malt is rather caramally and a hint of alcohol can be whiffed.
The flavor comes across better to me than the smell. It has that nice hop kick with a big long hit of bitterness. The sweetness comes through to provide a bit of balance, but it isn’t as prevalent in the taste as it was in the smell. There is also a nice woodiness. This one is so delicious but I would take both the Double and the Oaked over it.
The mouthfeel and drinkability are both perfect. It is a very nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-12-2010 06:39:39 paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with almost no head retention. Aromas of the arrogant bastard. lots of caramel and floral hops with a nice malt backbone. Taste is bitterness up front. Lots of malt as well. Pretty good but nothing amazing. Really not much different from the Arrogant Bastard.....surprise? Same score as the Arrogant. I suck. osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a tan long lasting head. Aroma of citrus hops with some caramel malt notes as well. Flavor of pine hops and raisin skins with a decent sweet/caramel malt backbone. Initially the bitterness was overpowering, but then mellowed out nicely. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2011
22oz Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, oak. Body is medium on the palate with average carbonation. Taste is sweet up front and bitter on the back end, with a complex mix of malt, hop, and oak flavors. There is a lot going on in this beer, and it just seems a bit muddled to me. jmad (72) - - MAR 11, 2011
Rich, robust, hoppy and malty. This is a good brew. I thought it wouldn’t be interesting since it’s just a blend of Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but I was wrong. It’s a good blend.