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RATINGS: 3787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malrider69 (90) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a dark amber colour with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of malt and the beer has a thick, syrupy consistency. There is a strong taste of malt and a moderately bitter taste that is long lasting on the palate. This is a complex, good quality beer, the only downside being that it is very expensive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (785) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Another one of those "I can’t believe I haven’t rated this already" beers. Heavy roasted malt and smoke aromas with an earthy, woody scent. Slightly hazy medium amber color with red/orange highlights and a thick, foamy tan head. More roast and smoke in the flavor with a slight note of coffee. Acrid, dry bitterness takes hold immediately with a strong cooked hop character. The caramel and light molasses sweetness tries to balance this out and succeeds, but just barely. Although the flavors are good, they’re a bit muddled but the end result is still very nice. The bitterness hangs around with a leafy and slightly floral aftertaste. Stone’s come a long way since they first released ABA and their flagship original still holds its own.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swillguzzler99 (146) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Poured from a glass bomber. Turbid brown copper very lightly carbonated with minimal head. Nutty nose. Complex taste. Hoppy but not overly bitter while a bit sweet, maybe a touch of citrus. Finishes smooth and clean. Worth every penny, I really enjoy it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
400ml draught
7.2% ABV
The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)<vr> February 17, 2015
The beer poured a tranlucent dark copper colour with a foamy light tan coloured head. The aroma is citrusy hops, grains, and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is grapefruit hops, burnt caramel, and weak yeast notes. Best new beer of 2015 so far.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (877) - USA - MAY 8, 2015
What can I say about Arrogant Bastard? This is often attempted but never imitated. This beer is just great. Hoppy. Malty. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
__Rb81 (345) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at BeerTemple. Reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops. Taste is bitter sweet, malts, hops, hoppy bitter aftertaste with a hint of sweetness. Not bad

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Patjeadam (75) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2015
First smell doesn't forebode the great taste of the first sip and onwards. It is bitter, but still fresh and easily drinkable. It simmers in your mouth and it checks all the boxes in your mouth that are connected to bitter. It also has grapes, some pine and a little resin. Highly recommended! ---Rated via Beer Buddy (iOs)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrol (88) - - MAY 7, 2015
Pours brown with a fading head.Wood, dried fruit, malt. One of my favourites Strong Ale. Delicious

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
valleyann83 (16) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Red clear light tan head. Loads of malt and spicy hops. Flavor malty and very hoppy. Very rich and not sweet as some malty big beers are.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (265) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2015 50cl bottle served in a pint glass. Pours dark amber/red with a nice light tan head with good retention. Aroma is massive hoppiness and flowery notes. Taste is more of the same backed with malt but not so much as to detract from the party piece which is clearly the hops. Grapefruit, pine and all the usual suspects are evident in this with both sweetness and bitterness vying for supremacy - although the puckering bitterness wins hands down. One of my favourites.


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