VAbeersnob (7) - Seaford, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is fantastic. The beer pours a brilliant ruby red, and has a very small amount of head. The taste is full of hops, very pine like. The taste also offers smoke and incorporates nice undertones of oak. The finish is just as exciting and offers a long finish. This beer is awesome.
ZeroSignal (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009 does not count
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle
Pours a dark amber brown color with a fair amount of light tan head that slowly recedes. The head laces slightly.
Nose is mostly a spicy hop scent with a light hint of grapefruit...there is a slight complexity in the nose that I canít quite place.
Hops are lighter on the palate then the nose suggests, but they linger on the back of the tongue. There is a light woodiness in the aftertaste, but nothing that comes to the forefront for me. The malts here balance this beer nicely, and I pick up a small hint of caramel.
Overall an excellent beer, complex enough to keep me paying attention, but well balanced and easy to drink.
Beer_snob (6) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours heavy with a dark, cloudy copper color. The head is minimal and tan in color. Aroma is light and malty but barely perceptible. The taste is similar to yeasty amber ales, but with a stronger hoppy bite. I have not had a regular Arrogant Bastard in many years, but I do not remember it being this dark and heavy bodied. I will have to buy one again soon to contrast. Though it was not what I was expecting, I did enjoy this beer. I think it needs its own category: Double Amber ale.
SpdKilz (6) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance - When you pour the beer, it pours a ruby red/mahogany hued color that looked great. It has a nice foamy white head that dissipates slowly.
Smell - The first smell that hits my nose is that of sweet oak. There is also a chocolate and toffee smell interlaced but not overpowering.
Taste - You can definitely taste the hops (grassy/pine) and the oak. I really enjoy the taste of this Stone product. I feel the hop and oak offset each other nicely and neither overpowers the other.
Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have thought, though it does have a nice feel.
Drinkability - Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for it being a higher abv than normal beers. As stated, this is quickly becoming my favorite Stone that I have tried (though I am yet to try double bastard ale...).
Serving type: bottle
I picked up a six pack of these after hearing so much about this beer. I have never seen these before where I normally shop (they have other Stone products) and it was the only six pack left so I had to grab it.
alpha010 (6) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Straight from the bottle. Aroma was standard to most gas station bottled beers. Taste was not to my liking..... Way too much dry oaky flavoring. Was like sucking on an oak plank. Maybe was a bad bottle.
burtonbe (6) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep bronze appearance. Nice strong head. Fruity spicy complex aroma. Strong bitter fruity spicy taste very complex. Smooth mouthfeel but could be maybe a little better. Overall not as Oakey as I thought it could be. A pretty solid beer if you're in the mood for this style.
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njduckman (6) - USA - JAN 6, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very little head on the pour. First aroma noticed is a faint oakiness with some citrus overtones particularlly grapefruit. The taste is wow. The oaky tannis and dark sugars are balanced nicely. It reallly slams the back of the tongue with its parting bitterness.
africachile (6) - Occidental, California, USA - APR 12, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brownish amber color, very sour ina slightly citrus way, but it kinda reminded me of pine nuts or something as well. Hops are definately present. Bitterness bites the back of your throat in the most wonderful way. Took me some time to muscle it down, but i loved every second.
wavelength (6) - USA - APR 27, 2008 does not count
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cherry wood color with a thin tan head. The nose yields a perfume of pear nectar, jasmine vine and Honey Nut Cherrios. The layered taste
taste packs kaffir lime leaf, grapefruit pith, dried apricots and pine cones.
Punctuated with an appropriately cocky, bitter finish.
Audio Pairing: "White, Discussion" - Live
BasharTeg (5) - USA - MAY 14, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is such a great flavor addition to the perfection that is Arrogant Bastard. Unfortunately, itís a bit difficult to find anymore, despite the fact that Iím merely 10 miles from the brewery.