Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
About freaking time I got to pour myself one of these. Thanks for coming to Wisconsin. A very nice looking brew, quite dark in colour, almost brown with ruby tinged highlights. Very nice, tight, pale tan head formed on a gentle pour into my jar, got almost three fingers worth and it really wants to stick around. Mildly yet persistently carbonated. Already leaving an interesting, intricate and sticky web inside the glass as the head slowly recedes.
Prickly hops with the aroma of ruby red grapefruit greet the nose first. Creamy toffee and whole grain crusty bread follows, along with a hint of toffee and some earthy qualities.
A damn fine brew. Toffee and hints of treacle and honey make for a sturdy malt backbone that stand up to the assault that follows. The hops appear towards the middle and last long into the finish, initially clean flavours of grapefruit appear, and give way to notes of burley tobacco and an almost earthy, woody bitterness.
This is a big, creamy, medium bodied ale. Just how this got started in the warmth of southern cali is beyond me, as this is big, sturdy beer that just seems to be made for a more unforgiving climate. A touch of the alcohol reveals itself in a slight warmth, but the interplay between the rich malts and somewhat aggressive use of hops is what gives this brew its well deserved arrogance.
Pretty drinkable for what this beer is, no quarter was expected and none was given. A nice brew for taking one's time with. Im starting to see just why Stone has experienced so much success, and look forward to experiencing more from this brewery, thankfully I have a few bottles from them in my cellar. This is a beer that was brewed to satisfy the arrogant bastard within me and it does a great job of it. Highly recommended for those that enjoy bigger beers that carry a substantial hop presence.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2008 21:49:57 | More by demcorhip
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