Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 7,485 | Reviews: 2,740 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sweeter than the bottle, bit more deep caramel and highly toasted malt come through before the hoppiness sets in. Quite a treat but quite estery after it warms up, lovely mix of flavours. Something to start or end with but not make the night of being that it is such a strong ale.
Serving type: on-tap
10-20-2002 17:42:07 | More by Jason
4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted label of the "Stone Brewing Gargoyle" which wards off impurities that would otherwise taint the sanctity of the brew. Though this gargoyle is a bit different ... he has an arrogant look to him, basically saying you are not worthy of this brew. The back of the label is freagin' halarious! More arrogance, teasing. No, double dog daring you to try the beer.
Appearance: Deep reddish brown in colour with an appealing off-white lace. Really frothy, sticky and retains remarkably well.
Smell: Coarse hop are all over the nose, as are toasted grains, fruity esters and alcohol. Very aromatic.
Taste: Medium bodied, yet rich, full and complex. Smooth, especially as it warms. Big malty sweetness with caramel, chocolate and toasted/roasted flavours. Alcohol prickliness teases the palate then the brew kicks its ass with an assertive hop profile. It's raw, coarse, a bit prickly itself, mildly rind-like. Helps to balance the huge malt flavours. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, caramel, roasted coffee. A bit grain/dry too.
Notes: Hugely complex. Its arrogance is indeed correct. As stated on the label, if you do not have the "taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth" then you may not like it. Or rather, go drink your safe beer wimp. It's rather aggressive, but oh so damn good (in an evil, not worthy way). Just beware before you drink. This beer is not for the faint of heart.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2000 23:01:42 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a. very nice bronze/red color with a 2 inch tan head. Lacing on glass.
s. Not much here. Malty aroma.
t. Taste of berries in the first sip, strawberries primarily. Gives way to a malt in the middle with slight hops and alcohol on the finish.
m. lots of carbonation - smooth
o. I wish the alcohol was hidden. This is an outstanding beer that seems stronger than it needs to.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 21:20:31 | More by gonzo000
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,485 ratings.