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RATINGS: 3660   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shamrck7199 (3) - Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2000 does not count
Okay, I’m not too proud to admit I bought this only because of the name. But I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. It one of those beers that would definitely take some getting used to, but only beacause it’s unlike other beers I’ve had. I think the best way to describe it is ’meaty.’

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1693) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Easy to drink and not as aggressive as one would think. Toned down hops and bitterness. Ends dry and nose has some floral tones. Good if a bit thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2003
malty, almost scotch-like aroma. Pours an amber red, a tad cloudy with a frothy head. Very heavy mouthfeel similar to a scottish ale. The commercial description is quite accurate. This beer has bite! Very strong hops...almost to its detriment as it effects the overall balance. Hops crush all other aspects of the beer. Once you get used to it, it settles down. Not a beer for the timid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Red/Brown with a big, tan head. Grapefruity hop nose with some caramel. Musty malt flavor is overlain by grapefruity hops. Quite sweet, but very bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (333) - Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
This beer has bite! Brown/red color with a strong, spice aroma. Nice mouthfeel. The flavor is strong and severe, just as advertised. A bitter and hoppy taste. Shows some strong similarities to barleywine style. A high quality beer best suited to when you have as aggressive an attitude as this Arrogant Bastard.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2003
Typical early American homebrew beer style. Over the top on every front, especially specialty malts. Still, if you are used to such a strong American Ale then perhaps this is right up your alley. Personally I find no real faults. Beautiful aroma and colour, but other big beers are far better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2003
Big hop flavor. Bitter and malty flavor. I would of rated it better if it was a little more balanced in taste and finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
On draught, this ale is quite substantial. However, the malty background does not always jive with the smack of hops. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Bought a bottle of this at a 7-11 in Alameda, CA. Very very strong taste! Deep brown color with a nice hoppy aroma. Somewhat bitter but overall it's pretty good. Bought this 22 oz. at a 7-11 in Alameda, CA on my way to a softball game. Go figure.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 30, 2003
Amber brown body with a beige, full head. No bubbling coming off the bottom of glass after about 30 seconds. Smell is of hops, but not overpoweringly so; really a subdued surprise here. Taste is a combination of both floral and fruity hops. Most pronounced are the apricot and pineapple flavors that are also found in the regular stone IPA. The major differences of this beer are a darker color and a bigger bitter, more varied taste. There are indeed “aggressive” hops added to the mix that give a really nice bite. The aftertaste is more bitter hops and fruity sweetness; both well disguise any alcohol that may have been lurking. So that’s the Arrogant Bastard, not as daunting as I had imagined it would be, though certainly a worthwhile beverage with a confounding compilation of hops.


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