Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by rundocrun:
4.18/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass. No freshness date on the bottle, but there is a hilarious and long-winded description on the back complete with as many exaggerations and personifications as you can stand.
A - This beer pours a deep red-brown and glows a brilliant ruby color when held to a light. Has a finger of light tan head that sticks around for a few minutes and then fades to a thin film, leaving behind generous lacing on the sides of the glass.
S - Has an immediately noticeable estery presence. Hints of toasted bread and oh-so-miniscule amounts of coffee-like aroma. I also notice a spicy, herbal note reminiscent of belgian ale yeast. Many things going on here which makes me excited for what the flavor profile has in store.
T - Rich caramely sweetness up front. Mild fruity flavor from the esters detected in the nose. Sweetness rides from front to finish, but a definite hop bitterness joins into the fray toward the middle and balances things out. Along with the bitterness comes a slightly tart tang. In the finish there are definite notes of coffee-like bitterness and dark roasted grains along with sweet, dark fruits.
M - Medium-to-thick body with a slightly rough mouthfeel from the bitterness and the carbonation. This is definitely a challenging beer to define (as are most ales in the nebulous "American Strong Ale" category).
This ale is a shape-shifter from start to finish. It begins like a sweet syrupy old ale or scottish ale then takes a left-hand turn into IPA bitterness territory. This is quickly muddled by stormy clouds of stout roastiness, but the warm esters make a comeback in the end leaving the palate utterly dumbfounded, but somehow satisfied.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2011 02:09:23 | More by rundocrun
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4.24/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale 22 oz bottle $3.99(OH)
No freshness date? come on stone, why? Your all about freshness, read the bottom of Stone's 6pks. Yet no date on 22 oz bottles? The CA prop 65 warning made me laugh.
pours a deep red color. Light brown if you can call it that. A two and a half finger creamy dark peach white head lingers for a long time. The thick creaminess being higher and thicker towards the middle of the glass. It eventually gives way to good lacing, a nice thick ring at the top of the glass and lines of lacing that run down towards the now half finger head.
the aroma is very close to that of an IPA. I smell a strong hoppy citrus up front. Smells kind of like mango's, that's new. Roasted malts and very piney.
the taste is good, but wierd. It's citrus up front almost like a mango, then a strong hoppy piney taste. Its like an IPA, with the hoppy citrus. But a roasted malt balances things out. The after taste is less dry than an IPA also. There is a nice slight bitterness going on though.
mouth feel is pretty light for a 7.2% ABV beverage. although I have no complaints. a medium body brew that has great carbonation. It leaves a nice light citrus feel, followed by a dominate pine clinging to your palate. Pretty nice.
Overall this brew is great. However is it just me, or is this brew a stone's throw away from a red/amber IPA? It's hoppy with a citrus piney knockout. great american strong red ale. I would buy this again. For something in between an IPA and a American ale this fits the build just right. I love how the bottle says "you're not worthy" and this is an aggressive beer "you probably wont like". I like it, and it's great for those in between nights.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 05:28:05 | More by Ohiolager
3.85/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Put this beer up to the light and be amazed at how blood-red it appears. . . Has a lush dark look away from the light. The biggest knock against it is the beer lacks any real aroma. For what it lacks in smell though, it does a bang up job with the flavor profile. So crisp and malty up front that you don't really even notice the bitter bite till a few seconds later on the back of your pallet. For its price and how main stream it is, a very nice go-to. . .
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 03:06:15 | More by Valley_Town_Sipper
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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