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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

7,470 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 7470
Reviews: 2739
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%


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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DrCDPriest

Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting name and imaginative backstory for the beer. I've tried it on different occasions, and have found it fairly consistent in what to expect from this brew.

Appearance - Pours a clear deep amber, more to the brown tint. In using a pint glass it had a nice head, about a finger an a half, and a small amount of lacing.

Aroma - You can smell the hops upon opening, very high hop nose with a bit of spiciness. If you love hops, the aroma won't disappoint you.

Taste - The taste truly follows the aroma. It tastes as it smells which helps you appreciate the distinct series of flavors. It begin with hops, a bit of spicy malt followed by what I'd describe as a bitter citrus grapefruit effect.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium body feel, a little on the flat side (on multiple occasions from different shops), and seems very light in the carbonation, a bit more might help those middle malt flavors pop a bit more.

Overall - This is a very nice beer for those loving a strong hop experience with bitter citrus after tones. Definitely an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:21:42 | More by DrCDPriest
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avillax

California

2.63/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I'm a bit surprised about the positive reviews on this beer. I hope they didn't fall for the legend on the back of the bottle.

A- Nice caramel color, seemed to need a bit more carbonation
S - lots of hops, pine, hoppy, hoppy
T- All I could taste was hops, it was so strong that at the beginning I had half a pint alone and then had it with steak, just like I thought, the taste of the steak was completely masked by the bitter hoppy flavor of this beer. It definitely didn't pair up with any food and at time had an unflavored cough syrup after taste, so bitter like gin. Completely out of balance.
M - good consistency, but extremely strong bitter hoppy flavor, long lasting.

I didn't know if I had a bad batch, however when I was choosing at the supermarket, I was aiming for the one with the least hoppy flavor since I had tasted other beers from this brewery and always thought the hops were out of balance, and surprise!, I got something really out of balance on hops.

The Stout and the one they brew on oak barrels are the best out of this brewery, but a total let down, if the hop is so strong you can't pair it up then that's telling you something.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 04:18:27 | More by avillax
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innnervison

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first Beer review so i will give it my best shot

I bought this beer for mainly the name sake and i was not disappointed this beer was a feast for every sense imaginable.

sight: pouring this beer and watching the glass fill with a beautiful crimson amber beer that quickly darkens into a rich dark red and a thick white head making this the beer you want to show to your friends.

smell: you are immediately hit with a strong hops sent but there are a lot of dynamic elements in play here. while the hops jumps out first there is also a fruity sent that if i had to guess i would say grapefruit, roasted coffee, sugar, chocolate a truly rich blend of smells that give you a strong hint at the beer to come.

taste: rich decadence is the best way to describe this beer. a slightly syrupy mouth feel that delivers a rich tapestry of flavors that if i would have had seen a list of them i would not think they would work. a bright grapefruit flavor with caramelized sugar notes. the bite of the hops is there but subdued by the weaving of flavors. after the initial sweet the tides shift to the rich smoky coffee and light chocolate flavor that is a great tail ride for this beer as it is hard to find a beer that can activate taste buds for every flavor. Also for a beer with a 7.2 alcohol content the alcohol taste was virtually non existent. the beer has a beckoning aftertaste that begs for you to grab another drink.

as you can tell by my rating and my review i loved this beer i think that it is a must have for anyone wishing to cut their teeth in the beer world and if i was more experienced in reviewing i would have spent more time on the taste of this beer cause there is a very complex amalgamation of flavors. my only complaint is that the only size you can get is that big bottle while a regular six pack wouldn't do it justice the big bottle is a little bit intimidating to some drinkers.

have a great day

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 13:23:30 | More by innnervison
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Boca-X

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter. Deep red amber hue, almost a liquid velvet red. Nice white/yellow head with beautiful alcohol lacing, sticky throughout my drinking.

Malt and hops up front on the nose, light spiciness with a hint of lemon, maybe pear, brandy?

Just as with the smell, hops and malt overtake the tongue. Nice carbonation, a dry shot of sweet brandy, a hint of honey, followed by a bitter, burnt toast on the finish. I'm shocked at how smooth it is considering the bitterness of the hoppy finish.

This is considered a strong ale, I think for the in your face hop smack down. Yes the alcohol is there but it's hidden pretty well, doesn't feel like a 7+ ale...that could be dangerous. I think a bomber is a perfect size for consumption. Much more and either the buzz or the hops would take over.

This is my first Stone brew, looking forward to trying more, looking forward to adding this Bastard into regular rotation in my beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:42:48 | More by Boca-X
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Jay_Ulreich

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is like an old friend coming to visit. You dont remember how much you missed or enjoyed time with them until they are there.
A- Pretty deep amber color, nice persistent head, good lacing.
S- Mmmmm mm!You can smell the hop spiciness and awesome malt profile.
T- Yup, thats a strong ale. Alcohol is present, but it ties in good with the other flavors. It is welcome. Spicy and floral hops. Malt makes itself known and it is awesome. Perfect synergy- its like a malt and a hop bomb all in one. The hops sort of linger and takeover, being a lil more prominent, but just under what Id consider an IPA.
M- Chewy, full bodied creamy goodness. Smooth, thats why I like the presence of the alcohol, so you dont drink too many of these.
Overall, this is probably in my top 10 beers. Im suprised I dont drink it more often. Stone kills it every time.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 01:38:11 | More by Jay_Ulreich
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jj139

California

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured in a pint glass

A - Rusty-caramel with a 2 finger beige-tan head. Lacing was very long lasting, coating the entire length of the glass

S - Citrus, pine, toasty malt with hints of caramel.

T - First few sips had an incredibly strong bitter hops taste. Made you wonder if you were drinking a DIPA instead. There were touches of malt but I got slammed with intense bitterness. Everything seemed out of balance as I began to wonder if maybe I was not worthy as the label said. After about 10 minutes the beer warmed up to an amazing mix of citrus, caramel, hop bitterness and sweet malt, everything fell into place and was in perfect balance.

M - Medium body but once it rounded out the beer had a full flavor mouth feel with just a tinge of alcohol. A nice smooth finish.

O - Once this beer warmed up for a few minutes it turned into an incredible brew. I will be enjoying this again and again....letting it rest a few minutes first before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 22:28:08 | More by jj139
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Greenchileman

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer ROCKS and I also love the name! It is my currently my favorite beer. I like it even more than Founders Breakfast Stout or Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout which I love dearly. Great flavors, aftertaste, you name it. I'd love to purchase a six pack but have yet to find it in anything other than a bomber. If something in the Universe didn't line up quite right and I could have only one beer to drink, forever more, Arrogant Bastard Ale would be my pick.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 17:19:48 | More by Greenchileman
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BrewRat

Nevada

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding beer! Poured from a bottle into a glass. This beer had a lovely caramel appearance and a nice head. The beer had a nice fruity aroma and what I would describe as a strong grapefriuty flavor. Very enjoyable stuff and justifiably arrogant!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:58:56 | More by BrewRat
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Big-Frog

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Throw modesty out the window. Stone Brewery is justifiably allowed to call this beer arrogant. You know why? Because this beer exudes confidence. This beer goes to the rock show and steals your girlfriend because you aren't as interesting nor nearly as satisfying as this beer. This beer could walk into Anheuser-Busch, steal a clydesdale, and ride out bareback screaming, "where's your crown king nothing." Yeah I'm not joking. The origin story of this beer is very entertainingly documented on the back of the bottle. I encourage you to read it.

This beer has a rich taste that is comparable to none. It has a dark amber appearance, and a deliciousness that demands your attention. Regardless of your beer drinking preference, you will enjoy this beer. Unless of course, Budweiser and Yuengling are your chart toppers, in which case, you wouldn't even be on this website to begin with, because your palate would be anything but educated. This is no time to be humble. There is no pride before the fall at Stone Brewery. Only the pride in knowing that if you try this beer, they have again broadened someone else's horizons. You don't have to sell your soul to the devil, but you should give your beer money to the Stone Brewery Gargoyle.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:57:32 | More by Big-Frog
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LouieG

California

4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours of a caramel color and strong notes of hops, grapefruit and what I would consider zest. From start to finish this says Stone Brewery. About an inch and 1/2 head that sticks around for most of the entire time you are drinking it. I tried it chilled rather then really cold and noticed the some of the flavors were getting lost drinking this beer to cold. Overall this is my go to beer when I go out and pairs perfectly with a good meaty cheeseburger.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 18:48:32 | More by LouieG
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Hops4Pops

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber
A: Side poured into a pint beer mug. Large, 3 finger head, tannish off-white in color. Very slowly receding leaving a sticky glue-like lacing on side of mug and creating a pillowy cloud-like head as it recedes. Lacing is staying put all the way through finishing the mug.Reflective light reveals a dark brown chocolate color. Shining a light through the beer reveals a slightly hazy, dark red amber color. Carbonation is excellent. Bubbles are from foam sized tiny up to a cluster of large bubbles in center of glass up to 1/4 inch. An absolutely beautiful beer.
S: Resiny citrus hops, grapefruity, malt, a slight sweetness. Very nice, very balanced smelling. Nothing stands out a lot. Perhaps the hops stand out more pronounced than anything else which is a bit of a surprise considering it is not an IPA. Nonetheless it is very nice.
T: Same notes as smell but pretty much in reverse order. Slightly sweet malt flavor followed by hops and a crisp slightly dry finish followed by a lingering bittersweet aftertaste of toffee, caramel and coffee. Awesome. Very balanced. Only a hint of alcohol in the taste.
M: Smooth and creamy up front with a crisp bite in the background followed by a tingly feel on the tongue and a slight warmth from the ABV. Very much inviting me to take another quaff.
O: An excellent American Strong Ale. Because the characteristics for this style are so wide of a range, it absolutely fits the style even though the ABV is on the low end of the scale. A excellent ale. Near perfect. I love it. This beer has the right to call itself Arrogant Bastard in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 05:07:55 | More by Hops4Pops
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Auraan

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a rich, transparent reddish brown with a half-finger off-white head, receding to an off-white ring leaving some lacing at the top of the glass. Rich, gorgeous color but a little low on the head. Scents of caramel, toffee, some brown sugar, more prominent as the beer warms, light grapefruit and other citrus, fruity esters, a hit of alcohol and a bit of toasted malt. Quite nice, but not near as hop forward as I expected, more malt and alcohol. Flavor begins quite bitter, with far more hop character than the aroma betrays. Hop character is mostly pine resin, but with some citrus peel bitterness. High hop bitterness is balanced by a malt backbone with caramel and toasted malt flavors. Towards the middle and end of the sip there is a bit of brown sugar appearing alongside the other flavors and some flavors of alcohol. Alcohol becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Aftertaste is bitter, with some grainy and toasted flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky and semi-drying with low carbonation. Very easy to drink, maybe a little light bodied. Overall a good, fairly complex strong ale. The hop bitterness is very high balancing the sweet malt flavors. Pretty good, however I prefer Double Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 05:38:02 | More by Auraan
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: I like the way this beer pours into the glass. When it first hits the glass, it's like a reddish-brown caramel color. It smooths out to a flat, clear brown ale with a brownish-white head.

S: All I get is hops, malt, and some booze. But it's nice.

T: So this drinks like an IPA or maybe even a DIPA. The only difference is the malt backbone. I get fresh hops, malt, slight caramel, maybe some raisins, and grass.

M: Light end of medium bodied, but kind of buttery. It's got a dry touch to it though somewhere in there. The carbonation was kind of disappointing for me, because I expected more.

O: Not a bad brew. I've had it before a while ago, but I'm just now reviewing it for my own keep sake. Arrogant Bastard Ale has a monster flavor. It's good to try at least once. If you're looking for a strong beer then definitely go with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 07:53:09 | More by titty_mcbitty
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized snifter.
Color is deep dark amber, darker than I was expecting with a light tan head.
Aromas are toffee, light malt, a touch of hoppiness.
Initial taste is the typical Stone bitterness. It fades a bit as you drink more.
Taste of toffee, lightly toasted malt, grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is nice. A touch of creaminess.
Overall, this isn't a bitter bomb like Ruination, but the bitterness is there.
It's a well crafted west coast style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:15:59 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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Foamicron

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at Phil's BBQ next to Gate 45 at San Diego Airport. Hooray, a bar with craft brews at an airport!

Pours a dark amber, like a Sam Adams fighting a pile of Lobsterbacks with a brew in one hand and a musket in the other. Smells overwhelmingly like hops, but luckily for me, tastes like a nice, hoppy IPA with a good amount of malty backbone to balance out the brew.

Overall, if you're a fan of the so-called 'East Coast IPA', which experience has lead me to believe is any sort of IPA that has enough malts to balance the hoppiness, you're likely to enjoy this brew. Fortunately, Stone has a wide-ranging distribution, and most of the Continental United States (Gawd Bless Amurikuh!) can enjoy this enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 22:43:38 | More by Foamicron
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heygeebee

Australia

3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Warners - BB around now.

One of those beers... it looks the part all deep brown/red, with a fabulous looking head, lace and retention, the aromas are maybe just a little muted, and then the well balanced, complex, rounded taste hits you and ...

you just really don't like it.

Ah well, too treacly, a bit too dry.

Apart from that, I can't fault it :-)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 23:47:47 | More by heygeebee
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brurevu

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: With my first taste my initial thought was “what the hell?” It had a very off-putting bitterness that was not necessarily an intense hoppiness like an IIPA and it was surprising. The label states “It is quite doubtful that you have the taste of sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth,” and I was beginning to believe them! I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I finished the first glass and slowly poured the rest of the bottle with growing dread. By now the beer had begun to warm a bit as I left it out of the refrigerator. As it warmed, Arrogant Bastard took on a much smoother more balanced taste as the malts began to balance out the hop bitterness with a more roasty almost toffee flavor. I easily finished glass #2 and completely erased my earlier disappointment. This is definitely an aggressive and sophisticated beer as the label suggests, and a very good, highly recommended introduction to Stone. Just let it warm a little first.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 22:28:30 | More by brurevu
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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RingoBro

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful ruby color. Thick, foamy head with a lot of sticky lacing throughout.

S - Citrus and pine with a nice hop aroma.

T - Citrus and pine with some earthy tones. Moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Can definitely feel the hops. Smooth.

Overall, a great beer by a great brewery. I shall be picking up more 22oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 16:27:32 | More by RingoBro
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very attractive copper tea color with a 1 F head in a Double Bastard Glass- an excellent glass for both Double and Arrogant Bastard.

The aroma changed with temps. Served colder, there was a complex blend of vanilla, lemon, and grapefruit. This fades a bit with warming when the light grapefruit begins to dominate.

The moderately carbonated mouth feel leads to the chase: the taste and finish.

Having the Double Bastard a few weeks ago in the same glass was an interesting comparison.
The Arrogant Bastard is not tame- and not tamer than the DB. Rather the DB is AB on steroids.
The AB has major hops and bitterness to the finish,and a strong grapefruit taste. The AB is blended differently- there are subtle layers of grapefruit and other taste elements. The DB is "in your face". Equally complex, but far less subtle.

Great beer. I could drink this more regularly, unlike the DB which I could only drink on special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:24:32 | More by brureview
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Clockwork420

Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a glass stein.
$4.09 + tax per bomber.

A - Dark red, wood color. Clear with no haze or sediment. Thick, sticky 2 inch head.

S - Hops. Smells bitter, like I IPA. Sort of a grapefruit smell.

T - Initially sweet, then immediately followed with an IPA hops taste. Grapefruit and orange peel tart. After taste leaves me bitter. Even sort of soapy. Pine sap?

M - Perfect carbonation. Sort of a biscuit-y breadiness. Soapy slippery feeling to it.

O - This is a very solid brew. Although its bitterness will turn most people away underneath it seems fairly complex and special. I think if this one (since the IBU and hops type is secret) was labeled as an IPA, I would buy it regularly. Ale like it is not, at least not to my tongue. The higher IBU rating doesnt bother me, but if it was categorized differently, it may change a few people. If this is the companies Ale and its got this high of an IBU, I would be curious as to what the actual IPA they sell might taste like. Not for everyone. Not for the faint of heart. Most are definitely not worthy I think.

Very good. Intricate. Not for the bubbly yellow fans, and I like it that way.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:50:27 | More by Clockwork420
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sergeantstogie

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How many of these have I had? Not tonight, but in total. Hmm A lot of 'em. Well it deserves to be reviewed.

A damn good beer. Nearing perfection. An oldie but a goody in our microwave and fastfood world.

Perfect deep mahogany. Clear but dark. A nice sticky head. Tastes like bold pine forward hops. with a strong caramelly malt backbone.

I really love this beer and it only gets better through the years which is really rare these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:42:57 | More by sergeantstogie
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Weston19

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark amber with about 3 fingers worth of head. Head is a vanilla color which eventually turns into about half a pinky. This beer looks absolutely beautiful and the head retention and lacing is dead on.

S: Some pineapple, nuttiness, apple, caramel, roasted notes.

T: Caramel, major kick of hops, grapefruit, a tiny hint of sweetness like apple but hops quickly kick in and overtake. Nuttiness becomes more apparent as beer warms up.

MF: light mouth feel and a dry finish.

O: A great beer if you can handle the hops. It has a very complex set of flavors but you need to look past the bitterness to really find all the great ingredients that went into making this awesome beer. Very nice ale indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 07:30:29 | More by Weston19
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HighGravityMan

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going at a bomber of this thing on my own after a nice Thanksgiving meal. I have been looking forward to this one since I bought it.

A - Dark red amber with a ruby red appearance through light. Nice creamy tan head about 2 fingers thick. Good retention and lacing. Honestly idgaf when it comes to appearance but it looks nice to me.

S - Mmm... subtle scents tingle my nostrils. I can smell the balance of hops and malt. Some burnt sweetness comes through. Caramel, chocolate, etc. Definitely caramel.

T - Wide range and balance here. Nice hoppy bitterness up front that evolves effortlessly into a roasted and caramel darkness. Honestly there is a lot going on here. I can't possibly get everything right but all of the flavors mesh extremely well. Noticeable alcohol adds nice warmth.

M - Thick, kinda sticky. Perfect carbonation as usual. Feels like a darker beer should.

Hot damn, I have never been disappointed by Stone. Here is another great offering and it is perfect for the cold weather coming through. Now excuse me while I finish off the rest of my 22 oz. Wish me luck!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:02:39 | More by HighGravityMan
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark amber hazy with a white head with good lacing
S-aroma of caramel and zesty citrus hits you
T-has a taste of roasted malt, caramel and pine/grassy
M-great mouth feel high bitterness that is balanced with the malt
I love this beer give, me a another

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 17:25:59 | More by reebtaerG
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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