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RATINGS: 3666   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Poured into a goblet; Dark amber color. Light brown head that quickly dissapates in the middle forming a halo. Large cells of lace that last. Fruity aroma with some hop character. Good taste. Tastes like grapefruit and charcoal. Coats the palate with a bitter and a bit sour aftertaste which I also like very much. This is a good beer. Reminds me of a lighter porter in some ways.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbender (23) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Hazy, dark amber with a white head. Has an caramel aroma with a hint of haisins and a very small hint of alcohol. Bitter beginning with a very nice hop and malt balance in the flavor with a mellower finish than I expected. Alcohol does not come out as much as I would expect. Thick in the palate. Overall a great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sabrinic (23) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle. Dark ruby color with slight tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, dried fruit, and bitter hops. Tastes of toasted marshmallow, syrup, ripe fruits, bitter hops and citrus. Oily slightly thick mouthfeel. Really great agressive flavor and overall great beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EnnuiDivine (23) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Fairly common in liquor stores, this is what American beer should be. Massive hop taste, lingering malts, nice colour. Head retention is substantial for a beer of this strength. It’s a brew that works well either with grilled meats or on its own. Not quite as smooth as its oaked counterpart, nor as godly as the annual Double Bastard, this is still an old standby.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NelsonPR (23) - MIlWAUKEE, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2010
This beer fill expectations, dark amber body, hoppy nose with malts instantly the bottle its open, taste its a well balance of hops and malts concentrated with grapefruit, pine taste finishing with a pleasant bitterness. Superb Beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BFassburg (23) - El Paso, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Dark amber, almost brown, it formed a thick tan head with fine bubbles that stayed. It has a citrus and earthy aroma and a caramel malt flavor accented by a mild bitterness. It has a heavy body but a creamy and smooth mouth feel.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shortstack (23) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2012 Very beautiful color with a strong bite and bitter after taste. Strong citrus tones. But can be a bit over bearing.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motionmigs (23) - PHILIPPINES - APR 3, 2012
UPDATED: APR 15, 2012 Ruby in color. Strong aroma of cherry. Head is quite visible, not that much though, but very good lacing. Taste is really strong-- a strong combination woody nutty and a very very dominating roasted smoked taste with a few hints of caramel. Too much hype on this beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kpbutsko (23) - - AUG 25, 2013
Everything about this beer is absolutely brilliant. Gold standard for a strong ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
Arrogant Bastard Ale. We’ve all had it, we all know what it is. Stone again can do no wrong. I’ve had this beer on a number of occasions. From on tap to bombers of this stuff. Picked up another bottle the other day for shits and giggles. I wanted to rate this classic and I needed a reminder of exactly what it was I would be dealing with. I cracked it open and poured it into pint glass and right away I was shocked at the massive head of this thing, and it would not go away. You could have built a house on the froth or used the stuff to spackle cracks in boat hulls. I needed a machete to hack through the foam and get to the actual liquid essence of this thing. That is exactly how Stone would have wanted it. The color is a beautiful dark amber with bubbles elevating from minute imperfections in the glass. Resin, pine and hops on the nose. Gives way to toffee and dank malt. The finish is dry and bitter, intense hops at the very end, everlasting on the pallet. At one point when this beer came out it was way more aggressive in comparison to the field now it seems to have found a nice home in the middle of the pack. Still a delicious beer and worth a try for anyone serious about beer.


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