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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,006 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,006
Reviews: 2,756
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 220
Gots: 626 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought myself a big-ass 22oz bottle the other night. It's screen-painted (you know, like a Rolling Rock bottle) with a cocky gargoyle on the front. At the bottom it says I'm not worthy.

Very faintly etched near the bottom: Enjoy by 04 13 06.

Poured into a pint glass: Looks a little syrupy. Deep, satanic shade of amber with an off-yellow, tightly beaded head that does not stick around too long. While the head exists, the aroma is sweet with hoppy undertones. The two seem to be fighting for my attention. When the head dissipates, it's hops. Big time.

The taste at first tongue contact is BITTER. Aggresively so. "This is an aggressive beer," it says on the back label. It's the first sentence! I keep smelling and tasting and it's all HOPS. "Aggressive hops," like I was warned by the bottle. Hops just attacking my senses.

I pour more of the bottle into my pint glass and the head rematerializes. The aroma is sweet again, until the foam goes away and then it's back to the onslaught of hops.

My lips start to feel stickier with each taste. And I can't get over how deeply red this beer is. This is the beer from Hell. Like something that would be served to you in Hell's Ironic Punishment Division because you drank too much beer when you were alive. But I'm really enjoying this.

The aftertaste is something I've never experienced with beer before. It's kind of gassy. Not grassy, I actually meant gassy. Specifically it reminds me of when you eat a hard pretzel that has too much salt on it. Salt vapors.

I look at the label again, at the gargoyle snarling and hoisting a mug at me (should I have used a mug?!) like he knew this would all happen.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 03:50:22 | More by edskirk3
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minterro

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Make your own six pack at

A & S: smells nutty, maple, oak. Good tan spider web lacing. Head pours about two fingernails and fades at a moderate speed till there is a small layer on the top for the rest of the drink. Transparent chestnut colored beer.

T & M: Smooth, creamy, and rich. Medium to full bodied. Piney hops. Balanced with a noticeable but more background smoky malts favor. Real small hints of citrus tones. Bitter semi-dry aftertaste.

O: overall this beer is just plain good. No major flaws, just darn right good.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 21:52:00 | More by minterro
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dismal

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, dark copper color with a small but nice one finger head that leaves a little lacing down the glass. The aroma has a hint of fruit and of course hops. For me the aroma doesn't stand out a lot but whats there is definitely nice. The taste is wonderful. Pretty well balanced and not extremely hoppy. It's bitter but has some sweetness to it that I really like. The mouthfeel is good, it's nowhere near thin but it's not really thick making it at a nice place right in the middle. This beer is very drinkable. Not a high ABV and the taste is awesome. It's to bad Stone doesn't sell here so whenever I'm across state lines I'm always picking a few of these up.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 21:10:30 | More by dismal
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wesclaypool

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently Safeway carries this now.

a - Very dark rose-red color with creamy head that stays around. Almost looks like foamy, red wine.

s - Has a sweet, malty smell.

t - Again, very sweet and malty, with pretty prominent hints of chocolate and nuts.

m - Incredibly smooth, almost like cough syrup how it feels like it coats your mouth.

d - Usually these unique beers aren't very drinkable because they're so strong, but this one just goes down so easy. The flavor is so unique. Shame these are 5 bucks a pop.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 04:31:13 | More by wesclaypool
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark red/brown. Thick, dense off-white head that doesn't go away.

S: Citrus and pine from hops. Caramel, red/brown ale malts.

T/M: Aggressive hop bitterness. Grapefruit-like citric and resiny/pine notes in the middle fading to just bitter in the finish. Malt profile is pretty typical red/brown ale and definitely not the focus. It supports the complex hop bitterness. There is a slight sweetness up front, with toasty notes in the middle, but it doesn't come anywhere near balancing out that bitterness.

D: Surprisingly drinkable...though can have the effect of turning the drinker into an arrogant bastard if overdone.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 05:36:30 | More by MurphyMacManus
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joecast

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thin layer of foamover a dark ruby colored beer.lace clings to sides of the glass.
aroma is difficult to figure out but pleasing. something like a doughy alcohol smell.
the flavor starts out thin but fills out as it warms. the bitterness is all over the place. start, finish, front and back. this goes well with the warming of the alcohol. with all this going on though, the maltiness was always enough to stand up to it.
if the head ever gets below a satisfactory level, give the glass a swirl. this never failed to form a nice finger sized head.
mouthfeel and drinkability are both high, with the quality making you want more despite the sheer power of the beer.


bottle serving 9/4/04:
the last bottle to survive the trip back from the states. i had been saving it for a special occasion, but watching my team get beaten in the first week of the finals (and thus losing five games in a row after being in first place) i needed some cheering up.
compared to my on-tap review, this sample has a much more profound, bready aroma.
the bitterness is so well supported by the maltiness and just noticeable strength of the alcohol.
the review characteristics have been adjusted up by 0.5 for appearance, smell, and drinkability to reflect and average of the two serving types. basing this only on my bottle review, im sure there would have been a 5 or two in there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2004 17:30:06 | More by joecast
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gunnerman

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my specialty arrogant bastard glass, pours an amazing amber rustic color with a fluffy head that leaves heavy lace on the glass and stays the entire time, little carbonation bubbles float through this wonder looking ale. Smell is a bit citrusy hoppy smelling also has a bit of an earthy smell to it as well. Taste is a well balanced masterpiece of a bit of hop bitterness followed by bark, with a bit of a roasted malt and barley aftertaste, also a bit of grapefruit bitterness towards the end. Simply put this is one fine damn ale and one of the greatest brews around, top notch.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 23:21:25 | More by gunnerman
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mjrod2142

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass

This beer pours a rich-looking dark amber color that resembles cola. A thick light-brown head stood firm for several minutes and almost had a whipped cream texture. Excellent.

The aroma is nondescript and consisted more of malts than of hops. There's a slight hint of citrus and I couldn't tell if it would taste bitter or not.

There's a delicious roasted malt flavor with the bitterness coming late on the back of the tongue. I'm getting a not-quite chocolate, not-quite hazelnut flavor.

Excellent mouthfeel and creaminess. Very drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:42:45 | More by mjrod2142
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square. 22oz into a tulip, best before June 6, 2011.

Pours a dark mahogany, huge dense cream coloured head. Super thick and creamy. Leaves a helluva lot of lace. Medium retention. Nose is hopped to high heaven, lots of tropical notes with a sturdy malt base to support it. Taste kicks off with a blast of hops and massive malt backbone. Citrus and tropical notes contend with and intense bitterness imparted by the alpha acids. Huge caramel toffee base giving this loads of body. An interesting cinnamon spiciness comes out here as it warms, along with some dark tea flavours. Great bitterness here and a full, hefty feel. A suggestion of the alcohol is made, but that only adds to how good this was. An off center imperial red, methinks...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 19:10:50 | More by liamt07
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pint glass. Color is dark amber with moderate head that doesn't want to go away. Leaves lacing all over the glass. The smell is somewhat mild...mostly malt with some hoppiness in the background. Smells a little fruity but I can't place it. Medium to heavy body, but very smooth. Mild carbonation that makes this easy to drink for a heavier than average beer. Taste is malty. Tastes a tad smokey to me, but I like it (maybe I'm drinking it wrong?). Hops and bitterness round out the taste. A real easy beer to drink. My wife would love this. Too bad I'm going to drink it all.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 21:44:33 | More by mtbbaboon
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Charthepirate

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poures a deep red, with a thick creamy head, leaving lacign all the way down. Head stayed for a long time, small bubbles, just generally a gorgeous beer.

Smell comes with a heavy malt and hit of grapefruit. Slight touch of phenols detectable also.

Flavor, so rich and complex, it's taken me two bombers to even start expressing the flavors of this beer. Initially it's rich and complex maltiness. light caramels, and a mild roastiness are also detectable. As it hits back on the tongue, the hops slap you across the face. Powerful grapefruit is noticable, along with a range of hop flavors.

Rich and heavy in the mouth, with just enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

A spectacular beer.

Char

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 23:08:54 | More by Charthepirate
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a rich mahogany with a light mocha colored head that's wonderfully frothy and sticky, leaving almost unbelievable amounts of lacing down the glass. Strangely, one side of the head almost completely deflated, but the other side is holding strong at a creamy 1/2". I have to reiterate the lacing on the glass, because it is extremely beautiful to look at. This brew is gorgeous.

S: A very rigid hop profile in the nose with some roasted sweetness, bordering a lightly burnt caramel. A little bit of a citrus/fruity zest underneath.

T: The initial sip brings in a huge wave a malty sweetness and some toasted grain, but it's immediately cut down to size by a viciously satisfying rush of hop bitterness. The finish is a nice balance of sweet and bitter with a little bit of tingle from the alcohol.

M: The body isn't overly big, but it's a rich, full brew that flows along the palate smoothly. The carbonation packs a bite which, along with the tingling of the alcohol, kind of serves as a warning to take this one slow, otherwise it'll kick your ass!

O: It's almost aggravating how good Stone is because I constantly tell myself that their brews can't be all they're built up to be, but I'm always wrong, and Arrogant Bastard is no exception to that scenario. This one is every bit as refined and complex as Stone states in their arrogance. It's certainly not for the faint of heart and if you've got the balls to handle it, it's a must-try.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 22:52:17 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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TheDeuce

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard Ale...

Appearance-ruby hue, deep heavy lace that sits nicely with layers of carbonation, full body.

Smell-layers of hops and malt as well as alcoholic buzz, only all are double the level you usually get from beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel-the key word is layers here, starts out with a hope bite but heavy malt backs it up with spice and alcohol in the vicinity, I can't quite get a handle on the hops but the crystal malt fits in nicely. Great sipping.

Drinkability-again, great sipping as you explore the complexities.

Overall-lives up to the hype, a great beer, above the level of others, I enjoyed the complexity and was really able to savor it. Great great job.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 01:52:04 | More by TheDeuce
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southeastmat


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given the 2k plus reviews - there is not much more one can say about this beer. It's drinkable, flavorful, and an absolute ground breaker. Craft beer owes a lot to this brew. And for us ad guy types hardly any one does that side of the equation better. All beer lovers should doff their caps.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 02:11:25 | More by southeastmat
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HosP

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this a few years ago before drinking microbrews and knew I wasn't worthy. This time around I was a much better match for the bastard.

A- Nice dark pour with light creamy head
S- Could smell the caramel malts very well
T- Good heavy taste. Bitter but good balance of malts.
D- Surprisingly goes down rather smooth with a little bite to it.

Never cared to much for the darker strong ales, but this one I liked a lot. Could easily see picking up a bottle or two with friends. Great beer, especially for the price of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 20:30:31 | More by HosP
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beauty of a beer right out of the gate! Pretty mahogany with bright orange and ruby hues. The head lays thick, and creamy, unflinching, begging to be tasted. The stick is solid all the way. A complex aromatic brew featuring sweet, grainy, breadlike aromas followed by inticing hop bitter. In the mouth this baby is thick and rich, bordering syrupy. A taste delight, once past the lips, the beer drips with flavor-toasty malt, a wonderfull fruitiness mid-palate adds a kiss of sweetness. A well balanced, while never delicate brew. A twangy, peppery, highly assertive hop bitter prevails on the mile long finish. A mouthfull of un-apologetic goodness, and a great way to cap off a fine day off here in Chicago, courtesy of the downright, upright, Jackndan! Thanks for the treat my friend!!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 01:45:10 | More by moulefrite
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite all time beers. First enjoyed this brew about 6-7 years ago on tap in an old rustic bar that used to be the town courthouse. Beer totally fit the atmosphere. This time, i'm enjoying it from a bomber bottle in a pint glass.

A: Deep red/brown color, not unfiltered but seems to have a hue that makes it not totally transparent. Fill finger of foam head on the top, keeps the lace very very well almost the entire way thru.

S: Lots of hoppiness wafting off the suds, also toasted grains and some sweetness. May have a hint of alcohol as well, which makes sense given the 7%+ ABV. Probably attributed to the carbonation and excellent lacing but the aromas stick around even with just a little bit left at the bottom of the glass.

T: Wow, its been awhile but this beer always impresses. Smooth and tasty all the time, shows some maltyness. Hints of chocolate and some roasted flavors as well as some sweet caramel lead to the hoppyness. Bitter but not overdone. Everything seems to blend well all across the palette and the alcohol taste isn't overpowering despite the higher ABV. Leaves a slight dryness in the mouth but not one that is unenjoyable.

M: Carbonation is perfect. Any more and it would be a bit spikey in the mouth, any less and it may be flat. Again, leaves a slight dry feeling from the alcohol content but it doesn't ruin it in any way/shape/form.

O: Again one of my absolute fav's. It may be a tad expensive but a nice treat to have from time to time. Stone really knew what it was doing with this one, glad to fork over the change and indulge with an air of arrogance :)

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:30:49 | More by ChrisPratz
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice deep red color with no sediment. The head is 2 fingers in height, a light tan color with great retention and leaves some great sticky lacing.

S- Big graham, caramel, honey, citrus hops, chocolate, roasted grains, great hoppy edge.

T- Big molasses, clove, honey, big piny hops, pineapple. Finish is thick with great dry hopiness backing up the massive caramel malt.

M- Thick feel, very bold mouthfeel.

D- This is an excellent beer. A bomber goes down pretty quick, but watch out for that 7.2%.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:57:00 | More by Greggy
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Zorro for this bomber.

My nonic is filled with a nice ruby brown liquid with about one and a half inches of thick, dense light tan head. I find the aroma has more of a sweet malt character with citrus and floral hops coming in at the end. The taste is excellent! Spicy, fruity, a bit sweet in the beginning with a touch of smokiness to it. Bitterness from the hops come in upon swallowing with a smooth, slick, slightly thick mouthfeel. It just fills your mouth full of goodness. Thanks Stone...the pleasure was all mine.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 23:06:35 | More by Imstillthegman
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours exceptional deep amber red color with a big foamy tan head that leaves tons of lace.

S- Big hoppy nose with some very detectable malt and spice. A touch of citrus fruity esters and some sugar. Alcohol is present but not dominating.

T- Rich spicy hop flavor initially with a nice roasted caramel malt back bone that balances oh so well. Slight alcohol taste in the finish that serves as a reminder that this is one mean brew.

M- Medium/full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Feels a bit raw at times but finishes surprisingly smooth.

D- Nice and complex with a fair amount of arrogance.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 18:56:05 | More by projectflam86
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American Strong Ale into a pint glass. The ale poured a dark reddish brown color, produced a off white medium head. Head retention was excellent. Lacing was amazing- nice rings of lace all over the glass. The aroma of the American Strong Ale is full of roasted malt grain and prunes. This is a medium body beer, very drinkable for a Stong Ale. Awesome session beer. Craft Brewing at its best. The taste is malty sweet, almost sticky- Deep roasted taste, full of caramel, dark chocolate and coffee. Finish's sweet. This beer has BALLS- Best example of an American Strong Ale I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:31:21 | More by GossageBrewery
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a redish amber. Head is something darker than eggshell, with good retention and a ton of lacing.
S- Smell is of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and brown sugar. Splendid.
T- Very much like the aroma but brutally aggressive. It literally feels like a kick to the tongue. Citrusy, grapefruity, slightly boozy.
M- Medium bodied, slightly high carbonation, but I actually found this refreshing in this beer's case.
D- Absolutely a great beer. It was arrogant and it was a bastard. A definite sipping brew. But one wonders, can a beer be too intense? The label says I'm not worthy. I felt worthy. But I don't feel worthy or capable of drinking another. My taste buds would certainly tap out.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 06:01:21 | More by jsprain1
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RobertDwight

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waited quite a while to try this beer. Have to come right out and say that its a damn tasty brew and I wish I could have more already! This beer has a deep amber color with decent head that fades quite a bit, but has a slight amount of retention. Smell is dominated by hops, but doesn't over power it. I think they are amarillos, but not sure. Taste is wonderful, a close perfect balance between malt and hops...one doesn't over power the other. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very high. I could confidently say that I would drink one of these everyday if given the chance! Stone PLEASE distribute to Iowa!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 04:25:37 | More by RobertDwight
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red, with a medium tan head. Smells of floral hops. The taste is very malty, with a strong bitterness to match. There seems to be not that much of a hop flavor though, most of the hops shine through in the bitterness. Reminds me of an English strong ale with more bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich, carbonation levels are low and smooth. A quite drinkable beer, that tastes fantastic. I really wish I could get this back in Oklahoma.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 05:09:59 | More by tronester
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goldennectar

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Sam Adams tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color with a nice head that sticks around

Smell: Hops, floral and citrusy, roasted malt with some sweetness. Fragrant and fresh.

Taste: Piney hops, toasted malt, a slight sweet caramel flavor, and more flavors I have a difficult time describing. A nice balance of all with a good dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but not overly thick

Overall: A truly great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 15:27:55 | More by goldennectar
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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