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RATINGS: 3562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2008
On tap at Shallos (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a clear dark reddish brown with little to no head. Aroma is strongly os citrus, especially grapefruit, hops, some wheat and a slight bit of spice as well. Flavor is much of the same with primarily grapefuit and hops flavors with a clean finish. Generally medium body with a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
Pours a dark amber red with a dense off white head. Quite a malty flavour. Quite strong with a very bitter finish. Good, but sort of hard to drink I thought.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (4949) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 14, 2009
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.2%. Dark brown to ruby colour, big to moderate light tan head. Nice but surprisingly moderate aroma of floral and fruity hops. "Arrogance" shows its face in the flavour, with a distinct and aggressive hoppy bitterness from start to finish. There is a certain malty sweetness in the background, but I cannot say the Arrogant Bastard belongs in the "well balanced" category. It is probably not meant to belong there. Perhaps I am "not worthy" after all? My wife said she liked it, though. Spooky ...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 After trying a lot of these, bottled and on tap, Iím rerating it quite a bit lower. If the beer is very fresh, itís basically a heavily hoppy IPA... too hoppy for my tastes. As it ages about 3 months, it mellows and becomes very interesting and good. Then is seems to go funky or bad within another couple months. When itís good, itís great, but itís way too inconsistent for me to rate it so high.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Pours reddish brown and dark. Caramel malts and dominating hopping. I donít think I could drink this easily without a couple of other beers or liquor in me already, but as it was, this went down with a palatable flavor profile. Still though I often wonder if even strong ale needs to be this bitter and how extremely bitter, high IBU ales get rated so highly again and again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Tap @ Brennans. Murky mahogany, tan head. Nose is a big bitter green hop herbalness, lots of malt, brown sugar, cocoa, dark fruits & caramel. Flavor is big caramel, harsh bitterness, borderline burnt sugar. Fruit/grapeyness comes forward in the finish with a slightly harsh hop bitterness and cocoa malt. That harshness grows as the pint continues.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Head is generous and is slow to dissipate. Nice lacing. Aroma is very subtle. Hints of malt and..."plastic." Taste is complex. The taste changes as it passes down the old gullet. First itís crisp and bubbly with a very light malty flavor then turns very bitter as it goes down....Oh, and it "burps" nice later on.... Very easy drinking and pleasurable!

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Tap @ The White Horse: A big nicotine stained head. A lightly cheesy aroma and rich cheesy flavour. An excellent texture/carbonation ratio. Totally drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Pours a nice dark brown/amber. Medium pour produces a good two-finger head of lightly tan foam. Retention is very good and lacing is slightly impressive. Nice, big caramely malt notes. Citrus hops notes, mostly grapefruit. Very bready. For such a íbigí beer, I expected a bigger nose. Starts with a kiss of sweet caramel and brown sugar on top of some dark fruits. Just before you can get into that, though, it blasts you with the bitter bite of big citrusy hops. Needs to be a touch more balanced. The hops overpower everything else. Good body. Itís at the higher end of medium, on the scale. Almost gets into full-bodied, but not quite. Itís very good, but could be so much better with more balance. Not my favorite from Stone, although it is their flagship brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
What an insanely unique bitter beer. Herbal hoppiness combines with burnt wood, fruit skins, and malty goodness in a way that lingers on the palate for hours. My maximum intake is two pints.


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