Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,196 | Reviews: 2,761 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by drseamus:
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The intimidation starts even before the bottle has even been opened. Quoting the essay on the back of the bottle, it warns, "This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it." It then proceeds to berate both the reader and "fizzy yellow beer" throughout the paragraph. Sarcasm aside, for more than half the drinking age adults in the country, the bottle is probably right. This is an aggressive beer from a company known for aggressive beers.
Arrogant Bastard was an extreme beer before the term existed. The style "American Strong Ale" is just a catch-all for high-alcohol beers that refuse to fit into another style, but this beer is essentially a strong barleywine. An English barleywine is typically malt driven, being more sweet than bitter. An American barleywine, like many things American, is more bitter than sweet. This is certainly closer to the latter. It has a healthy dose of malt and body but a more than generous amount of hop bitterness that easily takes center stage. Even after the beer has left your mouth, the residual bitterness lasts as a reminder of the pleasurable pummeling your palate endured.
For anyone that manages to make it through the entire bottle alive, there is always Double Bastard left to conquer. The first lines of the tome on that bottle read, "This is one lacerative muther [sic] of a beer. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory..."
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2010 23:31:21 | More by drseamus
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3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle from a sample pack, poured into a pint glass. Enjoy by 9/5/14
Pours a deep reddish copper with a large slightly off white head. Decent carbonation, thick lacing.
Getting a very malty aroma
As the bottle states, this is an aggressive tasting beer, a bit boozy at times. Malts and hops battle it out, hops winning early on, before roasted malts pack a punch at the end. Lots of carbonation & bitterness on the tongue, and the heavily roasted malts in the back of the mouth.
Overall, it's good, but personally, I much prefer the oak aged version.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 03:41:26 | More by MikeWard
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,196 ratings.