Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by slayer3604:
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A-Rich, dim and cloudy mahogany with a slowly settling white head, with more creamy bubbles than large bubbles. The largest being about the size of a pin point. Beautiful exhibition of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the nucleation points at the bottom of the glass.
S- Bit of a sweet maltiness with lots and lots of bittering hops, is that grass? Is it really bitter pine cone? Is it Marcona Almond? Yes to all of the above. This is a complex nose. I'm even pouring it at about 38* and still its wafting its glory towards my face.
T- Rich, provocative and seemingly rebellious notes take hold, with a grip of astringent hop bitterness that is cradled by a decadent enough malt profile to keep it from spinning out of control. Very nicely crafted, although it seems a little less strong, thinking back to the first "BASTARD" and having to drain pour it due to my unworthiness.
M- Lots of confusion here, because the brew itself is so rich and bitter, but the mouthfeel, if you take a second to dissect the blitzkrieg of complexities flying your way you'll find that this guy is actually quite creamy and firm in mouthfeel. Nice!
D- Leaves a weird cloying bitterness that I've never liked about this beer, but the hop fix this thing provides is more than enough to consider it "DRINKABLE".
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2010 01:49:23 | More by slayer3604
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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 8,191 ratings.