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RATINGS: 3680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


Merin's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Merin (18) - Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2010
This might look like too high of a score. But Arrogant Bastard is perfect. Its the beer that plunged me into the craft beer world. The first great beer I tried, and my introduction to Stones beer. Neck and neck with my favorite beer, Ruination IPA. They switch off depending my mood. I love this beer, thank you Greg Koch. Anyways... Pt. Bottle, pours a dark, ruby red, crystal clear. Has a 2 finger frothy, tan head with nice, lazy lacing. Aroma has strong floral and citrus hop notes, resin, caramel malts, and delicious perfection. Taste starts smooth and sweet with slight fruit, biscuit undertones, pine, which spikes an instant eagerness for the deliciously bitter hop finish. Palate is medium/oily/sticky. Good carbonation. Overall a perfect beer. Taste, drinkability, EVERYTHING. A staple in my diet. Go Stone!!!!!!


1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
dr_rauhbein (5) - GERMANY - JAN 29, 2015 does not count
Another uber bitter ale from Stone. Kind of a dark version of the ruination ale. Has a slight scent of raisins and bourbon. The body is quite bitter and grassy. Bitterness increases even further in the aftertaste and leaves an impression of ash on your tongue. Not really my cup of beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandon1989 (335) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2015
There was quite a bit of smoke with this beer. The beer poured a red amber with a thick khaki head that left a lot of lacing. The aroma is strong hops, slight sweet caramel, grass, and citrus. The taste is very bitter as imagined. It has a grassy, almost chewy texture to it. I also pick up some slight alcohol. I also pick up an oak aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tonydwagner (3) - - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Not my number one stone brew but it's extremely solid and lives up to their hyper aggressive hop reputation. Delicious, but I can probably just do one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1608) - Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2015
22 oz bottle, how on earth have i not rated this classic beer yet, for years i just assumed i had- Pours mostly clear ruby red to orange with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly sweet, pronounced bitterness and hops, spicy rye. The taste is similar, with more of both, nice balance between the bitter bite and the big malt, the hops they use here are somewhat harsh, brash, being Stone this is undoubtedly what they were going for though. This is by no means my preferred style, but i can definitely appreciate its complexities.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MadShaolin (32) - - JAN 23, 2015
Smells like caramel and fig, syrupy resin. Aggressive hops backed up by big malt flavors. A one-two Tyson in his prime combo. A stand by me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rossta (13) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Tried in a goblet and a craft pint. In the craft pint, taste and smell reminded me of an IPA. In the goblet it was very good. Too hoppy for me. But i really like the mouth feel. Not a favorite but hey at least I tried it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghendrix (125) - Cardiff, WALES - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark red with a fluffy beige head. Aromas of caramel, red fruits, resin. Medium strong bitter, medium sweet. Medium-heavy body.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 08.21.14. A: Sour. Malt sweetness as a base. Caramel is there too. A: 2 finger off-white/yellow head. Nearly opaque red body. T: Sourness dominates. Bitter hops and metal are more subtle. P: I didnít care enough to notice. O: Sourness is first, then sweet malt, bitterness, and a fade into sweetness. It was complex and weird. It had a lingering annoyingly sharp bitterness along with a flavor of metal. This was not for me. Drain pour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamesonpatz (24) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. A - Smells floral, a little fruity, quite bitter, and just a hair boozy. A - Deep reddish brown hue. Fairly hazy with a small lightly tanned head. T - floral and fruity up front. Bit of caramel sweetness rushes in at the middle of the sip. More floral notes appear on the bitter finish. P - Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Beer has very intense aromas and flavors. I feel the medium body and smoothness help balance those elements. O - Beer is so assertive in itís flavors, but very well-balanced. Creates a great drinking experience. And the beer gets even tastier as it warms up! "Never turn your back on your beer."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (353) - - JAN 9, 2015
Smell light & fresh with a fruity sweet taste to start with but this only lulls you into a false sense of security about what is to come as you get clotheslined by bitterness. To say this beer is aggressively hopped would be a massive understatement as your mouth gets scoured. An excellent beer that lives up to its name. Not for the faint mouthed! Rated by BrewTom


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