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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 7489
Reviews: 2740
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer that has the right to be arrogant!

Nice 2 finger head on top of a pint glass, dark amber, great lacing.

Not an overwelming smell, but not bad either, light hops and malty goodness.

Taste was very good. Slightly bitter, malts and slight hops, and overall good beer.

This was a very drinkable beer, wish that I was not driving and could have had another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 19:57:35 | More by CheckmateBrew
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH 2/2/11:

A: Pours a light amber, on the verge of yellow. Hazy and slightly opaque, good 1 1/2 inch white foamy heat. TONS of lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops with a hint of citrus (mainly lemon), pale malts slightly toasted, a little caramel.

T: Pine and floral hops hit the pallet first with a good helping of bitterness. There's a bit of citrus in there too. This is balanced with a fairly strong pale malt character that has a good bit of caramel sweetness. Fairly bitter and dry finish.

M: Carbonation is fairly high and crisp, body is solid but not very viscous. Fairly stick and just a little chewy.

D: They served this in a 20oz pint so I took a decent amount of time with it, but it's a very easy drinker at this point for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 07:02:55 | More by Satchboogie
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass on tap at Burgers & Brew.

A - Clear, pretty dark amber color with a light brown head.

S - Great aroma of grassy hops and considerable amount of malt.

T - Flavor was very rich and complex. Fresh hop taste rushes in followed by the sweet caramel malt, nutty taste. Delectable dry finish that is a perfect combination of the bitter hops and sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied and high carbonation. Not too oily or creamy, goes down very smooth.

D - Tasty finish that makes you want more and no detectable alcohol presence. It tasted absolutely delicious with the burger I had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 02:47:52 | More by bbb099
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pour in a large shaped pint-like glass at the Standard Pour, Standard (Sonora), CA.

This bastage is deep candy apple red, a little redwood and coppery. Its head is nice, it's a very nice pour by the nice young lady tending bar.

The nose isn't super harsh; hits of bitter citric hop, grapefruit rind, orange oil, and bitter alcohol. Yeah, it is a bit coarse.

The flavors are equally rough, with caramel dropped on top of bitter alcohol. Orange oil is bitterly fruity. Simple but tasty.

The mouthfeel is a little bit of a bastard, but the beer goes down smooth. It's expectedly rough with bitterness and alcohol but that's just part of it's character.

I still find the drinkability a bit dangerous, possibly more dangerous, on-tap. I do like this beer but it really isn't a favorite of mine. If I give the bottle another go I'll re-review because I think my score is a little high.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 22:38:31 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

151st review on BA
On draft to pint

App- A nice dark amber/light brown with a 1 finger head that was a little darker than white.

Smell- Its a big scent to take it. Hits me each time I have drank this. Its very hoppy with citrus and some floral. Matly spiciness as well.

Taste- It's been a long time since I had one of these and it's a lot better than I remember. Its strong and it's meant to be as the flagship beer. Hoppy strong and a little spicy with some nice undertones.

Mouth-Medium bodied and medium carbed. Nice aftertaste.

Drink- It was very good especially paired with a green chili burger. Last beer of 2010. Thanks Stone for a great sendoff!

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 19:34:35 | More by FosterJM
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Experienced both on-tap and bottled. The difference between the two is staggering beyond what is normally expected.

Bottled: I would be tempted to rate the beer almost half a point lower in almost ever category, especially taste. The hazy bite of this potent beer seems to be somewhat lessened, but the bottled version retains the same strong malty smell and spiciness.

On-Tap: Wow. A solid and awesome beer that lives up to its name! The flavor is much stronger on the front end when consumed on-tap, the spices and malt practically kicking in the face of any bastard lucky enough to drink a sip. The hops wash away the spice toward the end, leaving just a trace of malt and hops on the tongue. Extremely drinkable!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 02:05:34 | More by Enigmaticgesture
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer is a beautiful red-copper color, with a thin ring of head. It has a malty smell with hops undertones. The flavor is initally a spicy-malt blast, followed by light bitter hops. The flavors are very strong and full, and very well balanced. There is a spicy, bitter aftertaste to the beer, with a hoppy finish. Great beer with heavy, non-apologetic flavors. Kudos!

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 06:18:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried it on-tap in a bar. The beer is deep mahogany in color. Aroma is all hops with a slight hint of malt. When you smell it you'll know what's going to hit you: hops, hops, hops. Earthy, woody hops assault the palate right away. Felt like my mouth is burning. Finish is long lasting and all hops. Wow, so good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 22:28:12 | More by mikeg67
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the spot in point.

Pours a deep red with cherry and burnt hues. A larger off-white head bubbles up, retains well, and leaves crazy amounts of lacing on the glass.

A nice bouquet of dark dried fruit, burnt sugar, hop bitterness, and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Begins with a nice punch of hop bitterness, followed by a faint sweetness due to dark fruit. An earthy malt backbone supports the beer with brown sugar and caramel. Hints of cherry peek through. Another wave of bitter hops continue towards the end, along with a faint bite of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, a little dry and sticky feel, but very drinkable. The alcohol is masked really well, and you can easily have a couple of these before feeling satisfied. One of my favorite regularly available strong ales.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 05:36:04 | More by xnicknj
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew itself proclaims "you're not worthy." We'll see.

This proclamation should be respected. I have taken the Stone Brewing Company tour in Escondido, California and I am his.

My Los Angeles-transplant brother, Nick, opened my eyes to this bit of hops enlightenment. While on the brewery tour at Stone, I had the dubious pleasure of being the "lucky" soul singled out to ingest the concentrated hop pellet that they utilize, in front of all my fellow tourmates no less. Arrogant Bastard? Yeah, something like that.

The hop notes of this take-no-prisoners creation permeate all aspects from smell to aftertaste. Is that a bad thing? No, I say!

The pour into my less than ideal pint glass was pleasantly dark and full of a rich, hoppy aroma with just a hint of roasted barley. The somewhat thin, light tannish to beige head spread its legs down the rim of my glass wholly without shame. Get the idea?

The smell? Hops. Fruit notes? No. Hops. Citrus notes? Not really. Hops. Caramel notes? Nope. Hops. Savvy? This offering will arrive at your nose with an unkempt gang of hops in tow and will NOT apologize for doing so... and I wouldn't have it ANY other way!

The mouth feel and taste are both quite aggressive, as advertised. The hoppy flavor will latch onto your palate and won't let go. Delightful. However, this is a product you must be in the mood for. What it lacks in sheer drinkability, it more than makes up for in "shock value" and intensity. I find that one to two 22 ounce bottles are more than enough to satiate my beer desires in a given session.

This level of brew could only benefit from barreling/aging. Thankfully, the good folks at Stone have concocted the Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale varietal. I look forward to trying this particular creation soon...

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 21:26:41 | More by elton044
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at world of beer, poured into a pint glass

So after reading all the rave reviews, I had to try this bastard they speak of, I went in feeling skeptical (things always turn out better that way) and wow were they right.

A- Red khaki color, medium visibility, nice head that stays long enough for you to ponder your worthiness.

S- Hops, hops, hops, light malt, very slight citrus smell, and hops

T- Similar to the smell, the hops hit you in the mouth in the best kind of way, slight citrus taste (grapefruit or orange perhaps) and a longing for another sip

M- Bubbly and tangy

D- One or two is going to be enough for a night, the high bitterness and medium to high ABV are enough to keep you humble. Overall a great beer though

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 08:08:24 | More by bboelens
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone's Arrogant Bastard is a big beer with an in-your-face malty, hoppy aroma, and equally aggressive flavor profile. This is a beer snob's beer, in that, its complexity of roasted malt, west coast hops and high abv challenges your senses. Not much of a head on its crystal clear reddish brown body, but a thick lace will follow it right down to the bottom of your glass. This is an intoxicating beer, both literally and figuratively, that will grow on you with each draw. Not for everyone, but definitely a treat when pulled from a freshly tapped keg.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 01:20:04 | More by 86sportster883
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New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Arrogant Bastard on tap at the Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant in South Orange, NJ

Reddish amber in color. A nice, more on the white side of khaki color head. Looks quite creamy as the head settles. A noticable amount of lacing on the glass.

Not really impressed with the smell maybe a slight metalic aroma and hoppy.

Smooth and creamy. Carbonation isn't over the top. Leaves the mouth dry.

This is quite bitter. The hops are very noticable, smacks you right in the face! I think they're some subtle dry fruits... maybe grapes? Very piney. A slight boozy taste, there's a pretty high alcohol content to not notice the taste.

Quite heavy for an ale after it sits. Maybe one or two of these, that's it!

I've had this in a bottle before but it's a whole new experience and a lot better on tap. Less of the metalic flavoring and smell when it is on tap, so it's more enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 04:39:46 | More by 9InchNails
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of caramel malts and fruity hops. Light pine and tropical fruit.

The tastes is bitter up front with lots of West Coast hops; all kinds of pine and grapefruit. Mixed in are some light caramel and bready malts, but not much. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good strong ale. A little much on the bitterness for my liking but definitely a great brew none-the-less.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 23:38:36 | More by claspada
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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard draft

A dark red to brown on color, not clear, head is fine bubbled and thick. 4 

S Hops are at the front, though not floral or citrusy.  A caramel sweet aroma is also present. 4 

T Roasted malt, caramel, faint anise seed, loads of malt. Hops are pretty strong and there is some astringency, can't tell if it's from roast malt or hops, but tastes more like hops. 3.5 

M Big thick beer, very heavy on the tongue.  Heavy body, appropriate carbonation. Really nice. 5

D Pretty good beer, probably not for beginners, interesting and complex.  The higher alcohol is well disquised. 4

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 01:42:39 | More by boss302
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got a pint at the North Star Bar in Philly. Pours a deep dark amberish brown with nice little tan head. Smells of caramel, vanilla and a nice dose of floral hops. A little bit of toasted and burnt malts are present. Slightly citrus like but not a lot to ruin the complex aromas going on. A thick tasting brew to begin with. Tastes like molasses and finishes with brown sugar. Starts dry & ends slightly bitter. I dig the toasty quality of the malts. Caramel quite evident but has a good dose of roast. As noted previously, this is quite a nice complex beer to sip & savor. Alcohol warmth a little noticeable which makes me think the drinkability isn't all that high.

Update: had this again on Thanksgiving night 11/28/13. Bought a 22 at Pinnocchio's in Media for $6. Enjoy by date = 1/4/14. Beer is very hop forward with piney hops (Chinook?) and some accompanying citrus. Bitterness is really in your face like a full -on hop assault. Malt complexity give this beer a great backbone. Excellent beer to wind down with football after eating a ton on the holiday. Great nightcap beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 00:32:04 | More by jwhancher
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4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AMAZING! This beer pours reddish black with a foamy froathy caramel head that sticks to the glass as is slowly fades. The aroma is very strong from the beer it is hoppy with toasted grains, a little citrusy and the alcohol in the background. This beer is rich complex, malty and caramel; toasted and smokey. The lingering taste is of citrus, definately grapefruit with how biter it is and dry it leaves your mouth. This is a big bold complex beer, delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 21:45:10 | More by beersensei305
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3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the last of three of my epiphany beers and the first of the three i have written a review one

A -
carmel head soapy looking which stay fairlt well. body is in the red black family little visible carbonation

S -
hops some nuts spice and a hint of citrus

T -
starts off with a big smokey taste but you do get some hops hints of carmel nuts grapefruit after time the smokey taste fades only to leave a big bold grapefruit taste

M -
Tart smokey and yet still very soft and smooth on the tongue

D -
its a big bold beer but however i have been known to be able to knock a few back love thid beer and will continue to drink it plus the name is way cool

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 05:19:36 | More by bierguru
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I haven't had this beer in a looong time and, the last time I had it, my palate was so underdeveloped that I could not appreciate how great it was/is. A very dark amber body with a nice creamy tan sticky head gives off aromas of hops, citrus, piney and floral. The taste matches this with sweets and bitters in a medium bodied ale. I love this beer. It's so good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 01:35:00 | More by wcintula
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brew 22 in Jonestown, PA. Served chilled in a standard pint glass.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze w/ murky appearance and thick whipped up inch of light beige. There are rings of lace clinging after the first sip so retention and lacing are good.

The smell has mild hooppy aroma w/ light pine odor when I first checked, but it was served very cold. As the beer warms more malt w/ mild caramel and toasted notes come forward and a mild alcohol note is apparent closer to cellar temp

The feel is mildly creamy on entry w/ high bitterness and a warming feel w/ slightly high stickiness on the palate w/ a dry finish. The bitterness lasts long after the swallow

The taste of the strong ale has strong piney hop flavor w/ herbal accent and slight woody note w/ caramel taste under the highly bitter hop flavors. There is a slight creamy yeast tinge w/ mild stone fruit in the taste as it goes down. The taste is very aggressive and almost biting w/ a very grassy sharp taste that doesn't mess around. You can feel the stomach acid in action after the beer is consumed when tasted on an empty stomach.

A good west coast strong ale w/ lots of bitterness that makes it a challenge for me to have more than a couple. The acidity seems to linger, but it achieves its goal -arrogance. This beer is not for everyone, but I still find it highly drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 13:48:58 | More by Slatetank
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First review, so I think I would make it of the best beer i've tried recently...

Tried this on a recent trip to San Diego, not used to the massive selection since I come from an area that is mostly BMC dominated and it's hard to find craft stuff. I remember reading a few excellent reviews of this, and the name really stands out on a page, so I ordered one from the bartender, who seemed pleased with the selection.

Came to me in a Pint Glass, held it up to the light, almost completely opaque and creamy looking. The head was about 2 fingers tall, a little fizzy and off-white, head started disappearing quickly, but left nice lacing all around.

A - This was totally great looking, love the darkness, head fizzed out and made way for just the beer rather quickly.

S- Powerful, black pepper, cedar/woodsy, coffee. It's very strong, and very bitter smelling, the hops is very dense. I like this a lot, it's a very heavy smell.

T- Amazing. The bitterness is powerful, the hops washes over my tongue and I can see why this is so highly rated. It's a nice strong flavor that is full of spiciness, bitterness, and sweetness all at the same time.

M - Feels really nice, leaves a great feeling, and an aftertaste that lingers with the liquid that remains.

D - This is a great beer, everything about it was spot on. Not something you can just slam back, heavy, but definitely one of my favorite beer experiences so far.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 06:49:12 | More by PinataRobot
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On atap at Maggies on the River, Watertown, NY.

A: Dark mahogany color with a small thick head that fades to lacing.

S: Malt & grain aroma with a trace of citrus mixed in.

T: Starts with a nice crispness & moves to a nice malt with come citrus taste. Has a nice bitter finish with a slight nutty aftertaste.

F: Medium body, quite smooth and the 7.2 ABV peeking through not overpowering.

D: Good Brew, nice for the style. Nicely balanced, a really good sipper when kicking back.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 21:55:12 | More by soju6
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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an old classic...one of my first craft beers. been awhile so i ordered a 16oz pour at fatheads, english-style pint glass.

A - bit over a finger of frothy, very light tan colored foam which just wouldnt go away. already covering the glass with a thin film which eventually sticks to it like glue. the beer is dark, dark amber in color and relatively clear. impressive.

S - hops, very heavy on the pine with a slightly citrusy sweet vibe at the end. sharp sweet caramel malt struggles for attention.

T - sharp and dark roasted malts coat the tongue before a massively bitter piney hop attack. hints of grapefruit and a lightly floral touch as well. a little one sided and everything seems to be fighting for attention at once instead of playing nicely.

M - a bit astringent...i know its meant to be bitter but with the aid of strong prickly carbonation it distracts from the flavors a bit. very dry finish with lingering piney bitterness.

D - arrogant indeed. right up a lot of craft drinker's alley, and i like them as hoppy and robust as they come but this is just lacking some grace, control. too many bold flavors at once do not leave much room for anything else. hits the spot on certain days, this must not be one of them.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 22:19:06 | More by Stigs
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass poured from on tap at Prarie Moon.

A: Deep red, brownish. Hazy but very bubbly. Really an incredible head, and significant, almost artistic lacing.

S: Very hoppy smelling, yet balanced with some amount of maltiness. Light booze is clearly evident on the nose. This one should be a doozy.

T: Dominant flavours are roasted malt and toastiness. Contrary to the smell, hoppiness is more subdued, though still plays a prominant role. Has quite the nutty aftertaste.

M: Its a tad boozy, not suprisingly since it is 7.2 abv. Quite bubbly. Decent aftertaste

D: Too high abv to session. Don't finish your night with this beer. It'll knock you on your ass. Very interesting though, and I wish I could session it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 22:35:56 | More by Whiteweasel
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color with copper highlights, with a couple fingers of off white head that really sticks around and clings to the edges of the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: Toasted malts and strong hoppy aromas are by far the most prevalent in this one. A bit of caramel as well. Not the most complex, but there are certainly some big aromas that waft up.

Taste: Right off the bat there is a lot of toasted malt flavor, followed by loads of hops. Also some cherry-like fruits and caramel. The flavor profile is huge and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with pretty smooth carbonation. Very nice feel in the mouth, overall.

Drinkability: If you like bland beers this isn't for you. In my opinion it's quite drinkable, and something I would have often.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 15:43:12 | More by zhanson88
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,489 ratings.