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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,136 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,136
Reviews: 2,760
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 223
Gots: 687 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Moe_Rhaun

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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've only recently been introduced to The Stone Brewing Company. That said, from the very first sip I knew I was not a typical brew. It wasn't even a typical craft brew. My initial response to a Stone Brewing Company product was "Wow, I think this might be the best beer I've ever tasted!". That was the Stone IPA. This is my first try of Arrogant Bastard Ale and after my taste buds stopped screaming "Uncle!", my response was "Ahh, Seven Hells, that's good!!". The first thing that caught my attention was smell. I knew then that Fate, that sultry mistress with the warm hand and sensible footwear had pushed us together and I was truly in for a treat. The rich head on this beer is the equivalent of a steak dinner at the Buckhorn Exchange. Once the beer hits your tongue it's like a cacophony of flavors. It takes your mind a few seconds to catch up with it. This beer is almost too good. I finished feeling like I had done something elicit, you know, like after you just get done watching a bunch of midget porn, it might be a little messed up but your completely sated.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:51:20 | More by Moe_Rhaun
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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,136 ratings.