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Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company
American Strong Ale
7.20 % ABV

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Review by tavernjef on 08/26/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Solid deep brown chestnut in color, magnificent head of yellow cream thats tight, spongy froth about a half inch high and fades some to leave a solid ring and very sticky, super finely stitched lacing.
Smell is deep roasted malts, some dark fruit of raisin and fig and a solid backing of earthy hops lending citrus and pine.
Taste is rich, earthy, full of sweet dark roasted maltyness and solid earthy hops. One incredibly balanced "bastard" of on ale.
Feel is full bodied creamyness, a bit buttery in front with a solid hop grab texture and excellent lingering piney bittered dryness into the finish.
Everything about this beer states attitude and quality, hence its arrogance.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by RedHaze on 07/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Got this bottle at Dyess, AFB in Texas.

Poured a dark brown/reddish color, with a good 1 inch head, and has a nice hop and malt smell to it.

Taste is pretty strong hops, a little roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. You have to like hops to like this beer.

This is my first beer from Stone Brewing, and I can say that I'm thoroughly impressed. I was able to pick up some of their IPA as well, and I now can't wait to try that.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 12/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 15 4 8 2009
22oz. Bomber

Arrogant Bastard poured a deep, dark ruby with a 2 finger creamy light tan head. The moderate lacing is good and sticky. This beer glows when held to the light. The glow of this beer adds a lot to the appearance along with the lasting head.

Smells juicy. There is a great big grapefruit bitterness smell. It's strange but I also pick up celery stalk. I never noticed that in other bottles I've had. There's a solid malt backbone that's actually pretty complex. Some lightly roasted grains and white toast among other, less aromatic, aromas. As it warms alcohol fumes rise into my nose.

Oh, the taste!... Toasty grains and mild caramel make the initial appearance. The malts fades to the background as the delicious bitter grapefruit hops take over the palate. After a strong bite the hops simmer down to a moderate bitterness and the grains come back for a night cap with a stronger showing of the caramel the second time around. The bitterness lingers around for a little while after each drink. This beer isn't polished. There are a lot of rough edges that go together seamlessly. Alcohol fumes come through as it warms and they just add more complexity to this drink. Lot's of interesting flavors. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and very smooth. Leaves with a little grittiness. Carbonation keeps it pushing through and the tongue takes a beating from the big amount of hops. Just the way I like it.

Drinkability is good for the fact of how good this beer actually tastes. I don't think I'd want to drink much more than a 22 in a sitting but it definately is good.

This is an excelent brew with all kinds of big flavors that go together wonderfully. Stone needs to get to Illinois as soon as possible. Another excellent beer from them. I haven't been disappointed yet.

Reviewed: 11/9/06

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 12/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
Old Review
22oz bomber purchased at Midtown in Nashville. Poured into a nonic.

A: A beautiful mahogany with a nice two fingers of of off-white head (almost brown). The head is incredibly sticky and has great retention. This beer looks amazing.

S: Big, bold, spicy hops with a touch of floral. Caramel and malt are there too. Smells pretty good.

T: The spiciness of the hops hit you first. This beer has bite, but it is a good bite. Caramel and lightly roasted malt balance the bitterness and spiciness. There is an almost resin aftertaste with a touch of spicy fruits. Still a bit crazy on the palate but that is what they are going for.

M: Very well balanced creaminess with a medium carbonation. This beer is in no way thin. Coats the mouth and keeps the flavors lingering. A little heat on the back of the throat.

D: This is a fine beer that can easily be enjoyed. I don't know if I personally would drink more than a bomber at a time but I would definitely keep this one in the house. Great brew!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 03/30/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2008
Pours dark, with a slight red-brown tone. Minimal carbonation. Half-inch of foam that sits there, mocking you to try to take a sip before it dissipates. Looks like that will take a while though. First smell is all citrus hops and even a hint of sour oddly enough. Malt is hidden in there, despite TT's assertion of a slight sweet malt smell. Not getting that here anyway. First taste is all hops at first, with citrus and a firm bite. Now at the end of the taste I get the sweet malts that TT noted. I tend to agree that this one leans away from being a Strong Ale. I like his note about being more of a hopped-up Red or Amber Ale. Body is fine and the hops bite sticks around for a good while. Like I said earlier, minimal cabonation.

For hopheads, this one gives you a decent hop bite and citrus taste but enough balance. I've had this one before, but that was a long while ago and I think it was at a pregame tailgate for the NWU-Purdue game. So I don't really remember it. It deserves all the acclaim it gets, even if the formal style is somewhat misleading in my opinion.

Price: $4.49 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
Review from 10/14/06

A - Pours a dark amber body that is clear and clean. Slightly red tinted head is healthy in size, thick and creamy looking, and isn't going anywhere.

S - Citrus hops are at the forefront of the nose here. Some light sweet malt is muddled in there.

T - Sweet, fruity malt blend nicely with a light, sweet, malt backbone. Don't know that I would call this a Strong Ale, it is more of a hopped up amber/red ale. Nice and clean and refreshing.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinks clean and refreshing.

D - So easy to drink, I think I will have another.

Served In: Pint Glass

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