Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You have to know beers to understand how over-the-top this one really is. Everything is overdone, but the result is, in my opinion, excellent. Rated as a straight brown ale, Arrogant Bastard would fail miserably in my rating database; on the other hand, because I love hops, love craft brewed beers, and love things that go a bit eccentric, I really enjoy this beastie. The above refers to the bottle. On tap, it is even better.
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very Opaque with an interesting yellewish/whitish head. Aroma is Hoppish if nothing else. WOW! the mouthfeel is an outright sensory assualt on the taste buds, with an abundance of flavours with an Alcohol presence. The Glass laces well. The overall effect is that of a Cocktail then a Beer. Wow good to the last drop. Kudos to SBC. Thanks Buds.
DocLock (7743) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone is rapidly becoming my favorite brewer. Their irreverant sense of humor, gorgeous embossed bombers, and ass kicking beers add up to a marvelous brewing company. Pours with a great deep brown color, great head, and great lacing. Smells like heavy malt, caramel, cognac, toffee, and slight hops. Tastes extremely malty, with the aforementioned aromas as flavors. This beer is dense and slightly thick on the palate (which is good). Finishes smooth, malty, and hoppy, with a final burst of sweetish malt, slight hops, and fine cognac/scotch. As the label says, "You are not worthy". I liked this one so much that I just ordered a few T-shirts. Stone kicks ass!!
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rush of intense flavor. Definitly tasted the grapefruit hints in this. A very enjoyable beer that is certainly made for real beer drinkers.
maeib (8621) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap - David Copperfields NYC. Wow! My first experience of such hoppiness. Greg's comments are fascinating. I can't imagine many (normal)people getting on with this, but we lot are a bit different! Aggressive and arrogant are not the words. The aroma is so very very tart. I noted passion fruit and grapefruit. The colour is a dirty brown, but we shouldn't pay too much credence to that. This beer tastes at first like grapefruit in need of sugar (lots), but you soon start to enjoy the tartness of it. It is hard going as a first experience of this type of beer and I probably cannot do it justice with my English palate. Certainly a sipping type beer rather than guzzling; but a beer that when you finish it, it is with pleasure rather than pain - well worth drinking.
Radek Kliber (6379) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red, blood like. Low carbonation. Thick big creamy head, highly unusual like aged deep cherry compot, spiced with hops. Hints of medium dark malt. Nice, surprisingly shy aroma. Flavour had spicy hoppy notes, hoppy but different than most hoppy beers. Cherry-bitter hops. Bloody good stuff.
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good sweet aroma. The tasting reveals no finesse, only an oppressive presence. The aftertaste is similar to having a metal tongue depressor in your mouth. I'll pass, you arrogant bastard!
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aggressive is definitely accurate for this beer. It's all kinds of strongly hoppy. Once the hoppiness washes away, smoky tones are very apparent in this beer.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beee-uuuutiful hop aroma! Like a handful of freshly cut alfalfa! It doesn't blow you away, but it is very well constructed. Gorgeous reddish amber color. Good carbonation, dense tan head. Big full body, lots of malt and lots of hops. The malt hits first, but is quickly surpased the hops. Sharp and earthy, they dominate, but don't overwhelm. Big flavor, long hoppy finish. Well deserved reputation. Not unlike Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Plant in Buffalo, NY. Clear dark amber pour with a minimal head. Mildly hoppy aroma with hints of floral hops. Difficult nose because of surroundings. Hops! I say hops! Very nice beer if you are a hop head, nicely aggressive and bitter, keeps you coming back for more. A very solid beer.