Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RussBecker1:
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.
A-Pours a deep cherry red with nice mahogany layers and a one finger head that stays seemingly throughout the entire pint.
S-A bit lack luster for both stone and especially one aptly named "arrogant bastard". You can smell the cherry and earthly oak elements, but the strong is not as intoxicating as I may have liked. That being said I have had bastard previously to writing a review, so knowing the nose did not live up to the massive taste may leave me a bit biased.
M-Perfection. This is ideally how a beer should feel. Thick enough to coat the palate and fill your mouth, but still surprisingly carbonated, making it much crisper and more refreshing than I would have expected. The feel cuts the huge taste just enough to make the beer slightly smoother than it would have been, which proves to make all the difference.
T-Huge astounding flavors that do not quit long after you have swallowed the sip. A harsh woodsy flavor is immediately introduced, that is cut by the sweetness of the cherry and citrus. All in all the beer certainly lives up to its name while still maintaining a good and unique flavor.
O-One of the best named beers in the world lives up to its hype time and time again
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2012 13:33:08 | More by RussBecker1
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3.53/5 rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #43 of the ones I've reviewed here.
This is a very odd beer. Some things it does remarkably well, other things come out quite poorly.
Aesthetically it looks right -- Stone Brewing beers always seem to look fantastic in the glass and this is no exception, a really beautiful mahogany brown topped up with a light brown head that, if you pour it right, will linger forever. They also nailed the mouthfeel -- this has the "sticky", substantial feel that you would want in a beer advertising itself as an "Arrogant Bastard".
The nose is usually described as dark fruits and pine and that's true, but a little deceptive. It's a fairly weak hit of that, even when I let the beer warm up in the glass it never got much beyond "pretty light". I'm reminded of Stone's Smoked Porter, which would have been a better beer with more of a smoky nose. What is really surprising, though, is how out-of-balance this beer is. The light fruit on the nose is even lighter to taste, the flavors are mostly centered around a gigantic hop blast. It's not a bad hop blast but it's pretty one-dimensional, just a slap of piney hop bitterness that slowly fades away.
I confess I don't get this beer -- the hops are too one-dimensional for it to be a hop monster, and there's not enough fruit in here to make this a really good strong ale. What you end up with, actually, is something like an overhopped American Pale Ale -- not exactly bad or undrinkable, but certainly nothing all that amazing, either.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 17:13:14 | More by dougbassett
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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