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RATINGS: 3822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Reddish brown hue with a average tan head and good lacing, medium-bodied. A lot of grapefruit on nose with some malty undertones. Tart and sour initial taste, some sweetness does appear but dominated but the bitter hops, detected a bit of saltiness in the finish. Surprising creamy and soft mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol well. A good beer but a tad overrated, another hop head delight.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Dark ruby clear color with a large deceptively ever rising rocky tan head. Srtong citrus hops aroma with fresh baked sweet bread background. Hops offer their cleansing effect to this beer very nicely. A spicey finish. Clean, crisp, and very drinkable for a 7% beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2003 Oh Hell yah, this is a Beer!! Seriously, I really hate arrogance, but I fell in love with this Arrogant Bastard! -- My first impressions: == This dark amber beer pours with a nice dirty foamy head. From my first sniff of this beer I smelled citrus, but mainly grapefruit & guava. The Arrogant palate is soft and silky, this is a perfectly hopped beer for my liking, but the malts are still pronounced in the aroma and taste. What a winner of a brew, I am so bitter that I can’t buy this in Florida! This is a beer that I would like to drink at least once a week if I could; leaving me so immensely jealous of those of you that have this beer distributed locally! --Thanks to dberger624 for sending this brew down to me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Dark red with a big, creamy head. Hoppy and citrus aroma, with some maltiness. Big and malty with a bitter finish that fades slowly.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Dark reddish brown color. Aroma is very malty with decents hops coming through.Head is impressive and yellowish. Taste is extremely smooth with a well balanced sweet hoppy taste that lingers in the mouth. A real solid ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Dark mahogany or cherrywood in color. Thinly veiled tan head covering the contents of the glass. Nose full of hops and citrus fruit with brown sugar and malt poking through. The taste can best be described as sweetened grapefruit with malt and a splash of sea salt in the background. Remarkably smooth finish considering this is somewhat of a bitter beer. Well done! Stone continues to impress me.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
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. I just love the bottle, the gargoyle is super cool, and the powerful, gutsy statement on the back is a true mark of a rebellious warrior in the war of brewing.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
damjadi (4) - Kaiserslautern, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2003 does not count
Ugh! Aggressive malt and a hop that can't compete leave the tasting experience pretty mediocre. The AB hangover is a common experience if you have 2 or more. Worth a taste because of its unusual characteristic, but the Stone IPA and Double Bastard (and Ruination) are much better beers...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Loweeel (6) - USA - JUN 27, 2003 does not count
My favorite beer to date! I've found that it's flavor varies significantly with temperature. It should not be served as cold as lagers and as Americans are used to having beers served. At that temperature, it's is incredibly hoppy, perhaps overpoweringly so. Yet, as the beer warms, it sweetens in your mouth, filling your tongue with many flavors, both sweet and bitter at the same time. Its complex palate inspires you to drink more, just to figure out what those flavors are... A true tragedy that this beer is not widely available on the east coast!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2003
I had this on tap at school. It's strong flavored with a bitter aftertaste. It was defintely worth trying, although I probably won't be ordering it frequently.


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