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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,134 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,134
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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Reviews by NATOuk:
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NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Deep hazy reddish brown in colour, forms a nice one-finger head initially which hangs about for a short time before going back to a off-white ring around the glass.

Smell
Sweet caramel malts along with plenty of piney hop and citrus aromas. Smells rich but extremely inviting with the citrus hop aromas.

Taste
A Very rich and complex taste. There are plenty of tastes which coming through at different stages.
Initially a rich caramel malt taste and dark fruit which stays through to the middle where a bitterness begins to appear and build up to a massive finish with a lot of bitter citrus hops and a tang of alcohol but the richness of the initial malt is still in there. The bitterness stays at the back of the mouth for a long, long time. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel
A medium carbonation and a medium-heavy silky body which really clings to your mouth.

Overall
A deliciously strong, rich and complex beer which really delivers a lot of taste and aroma. Even better, it comes in a huge bottle! Not really a session beer but a fine example of a beer to sit back and savour.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 18:23:08 | More by NATOuk
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I picked up a bomber of this to go with my last two beers I didn't finish from last night's session. I am glad I did! It's a bit pricey, but worth it.

Great colour on the pour, a deep coopery brown that smells slightly of bread and majorly of hops. Not overly-hoppy, but that's what comes through. A nice 1" head formed in my pilsner glass and finally settled to a not-very-thin disc of foam that stayed the entire time I was drnking. Heavy lacing appears, and you can easily tell where each sip started and stopped.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,134 ratings.